In 1848, watchmaker Louis Brandt founded his workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Nearly 50 years later, Brandt and his two sons invented the groundbreaking 19-ligne “Omega” Calibre, a movement that would change the face of horology forever. The brand itself was thus officially born that very same year. It’s been 125 years since then and Omega is still going strong. To celebrate, it hosted an intimate celebration at the Omega Museum in Bienne, Switzerland. Surrounded by over a century’s worth of iconic history, guests were introduced to two new creations: the De Ville Trésor 125thAnniversary Edition watch and the return of the 19-ligne “Omega” Calibre.
Crafted from 18K yellow gold, the De Ville Trésor 125thAnniversary Edition features a dial of red enamel and a burgundy leather strap. On the caseback are an anniversary medallion and a decorative engraving, the latter of which pays homage to some of the brand’s most popular bygone 19-ligne calibre models. Speaking of that 19-ligne “Omega” Calibre, the movement has come roaring back to life, complete with a number of its original components. It will be used in the brand’s Atelier Tourbillon models moving forward.
At the event, Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega, regaled his guests with the following words: “Today, we are truly proud to represent such an iconic name. Omega is the only watchmaker to be named after a movement, which proves our commitment to the art of precision. It is also a name renowned in so many areas – from moon landings and the Olympic Games to James Bond films and ocean exploration. This anniversary certainly deserves to be celebrated.”