It’s been 60 years since Omega launched the iconic Speedmaster – the watch which quickly became known as the ‘Moonwatch’ after it was famously worn by both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during man’s maiden voyage to The Moon back in 1969. To celebrate this milestone, Omega decided to go a step beyond and put Buzz Aldrin, the pilot who landed Apollo 11 on the moon’s surface, and became the second human to walk on our only natural satellite, in a room with George Clooney, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and fan of space travel, ho watched the whole event on his television at home when he was just 8 years old.
The resulting short film, aptly titled ‘Starmen’, pays homage to the incredible feat, and sees the charming Clooney trade quips with the ageing yet spritely Aldrin. Aldrin, who is garbed in his presidential medal, a bowtie he jokes is made of ‘unobtainium’ and an eccentric amount of jewellery, is sharp as a tack as he recalls the pioneering journey and talks about space travel in its current form. When George asks why we should go to Mars, he shoots back with “because it’s there.”
This film isn’t just a thoughtful moment between two legends who share a mutual admiration, it’s a reminder of why Omega are at the top of the ladder when it comes to innovation, quality and a desire to push boundaries.