It is a busy night inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the halls abuzz with many well-dressed professionals likely on their way to see Michelle Obama speak at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Inside Vancouver’s Omega boutique, a different kind of excitement is in the air thanks to two screens playing highlights from the ongoing Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It is a fitting display, since the Swiss watch company is the official timekeeper of the Olympics—and has been since 1932.
In honour of this year’s Games, Omega has released a special Seamaster Aqua Terra PyeongChang 2018 timepiece. Fittingly, only 2,018 were made.
One member of the collection—number 1,700 to be exact—is available at the Vancouver boutique. Assistant manager Jorge Luna wears a silky black glove as he handles the piece, pointing out the Olympic logo and rings on the back, and “Pyeongchang 2018” spelled out in the colours of the rings on the front. As Vancouver is home to the only Omega store in Canada, this piece is indeed a hot commodity.
The 41-millimetre stainless-steel timepiece features a polished blue ceramic dial, and the face is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dome. In terms of mechanics, the watch uses the Master Co-Axial movement 8500. It all comes in a special Olympic-themed box.
Whether watching the couch, from the Omega store, or from the stands in Pyeongchang, the spirit of the Games is hard to ignore. It is commemorated with this special timepiece, a reminder on the wrist of the human body’s greatest feats.
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