Omega Honors John F. Kennedy With Launch of Limited-Edition Commemorative Timepiece
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Omega Honors John F. Kennedy With Launch of Limited-Edition Commemorative Timepiece Only 261 John F. Kennedy Commemorative Timepieces Will Be Available for Purchase in Spring 2008 NEW YORK, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Omega today announced that it will honor the legacy of one of our country's most beloved leaders, President John F. Kennedy, with the launch of a limited-edition timepiece. The original is a treasured piece of history and is currently housed in the Omega Museum in Biel, Switzerland. It served as a model for this special release and will be virtually identical to the "Ultra Thin" Omega that Kennedy wore during his January 20, 1961 inauguration and throughout much of his presidency. Omega will limit production to 261 numbered commemorative timepieces which will be available for purchase in spring of 2008. They will feature the same 18-karat gold casing and black leather strap as the original, as well as the gold stamp of the word "Omega" and the company's symbol, features all borne by the original. Each wristwatch will retail for $8,250 and will be available for purchase in time for Father's Day. They would make perfect gifts both for Omega enthusiasts and for fans of John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy received the original timepiece as a gift from his friend Grant Stockdale in 1960, prior to his presidency. However, the insightful inscription read "President of the United States John F. Kennedy from his friend Grant." The Omega "Ultra Thin" timepiece instantaneously became a treasured piece of history. Jacqueline Kennedy wrote Stockdale to express her deepest thanks for this "thinnest most elegant wristwatch." On November 9, 1960, at 43 years of age, Kennedy became the youngest man ever elected to the office of President of the United States of America. He wore the Omega at his inauguration ceremony and it was immortalized on his wrist in a photograph on the cover of LIFE magazine. Until recently, the original Omega worn by John F. Kennedy was part of the privately-owned collection of Robert White, the largest such collection of John F. Kennedy memorabilia in the world. Omega acquired the watch at a public auction at renowned auction-house Guernsey's on December 16, 2005. This unique historical timepiece, which fetched a price of $350,000, is now permanently on display at the Omega Museum in Biel, Switzerland along with the original thank you letter from Jacqueline Kennedy. This acquisition has become part of the museum's impressive assortment of over 4,000 watches, clocks and other items highlighting Omega's watchmaking heritage and pioneering spirit. About OMEGA Omega, the prestigious Swiss brand and member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world's leading watch manufacturer, was founded in 1848. For more than 160 years the brand has been synonymous with excellence, innovation and precision, making it the only watch brand to be associated with the conquest of space, and the brand that since 1969 has produced the "Moon Watch" -- the one and only watch worn on the Moon. Faithful to its original pioneering spirit, Omega continues to make technical and watchmaking history with innovation in areas as diverse as sports timing, precision technology, and design -- innovations that led to the conquest of ocean depths and space. Most recently Omega became a partner and a technical advisor of Solar Impulse, a project to circumnavigate the Earth with a solar-powered airplane. Through numerous partnership agreements at the top level of competition, in various sporting disciplines such as golf, bobsleigh, yachting, athletics and swimming, Omega has, for many years, actively supported the ideal of perfection and precision, personified by the brand's sports ambassadors. Omega's fashion and cinema ambassadors remind us that the brand's image also extends the world over to other spheres of excellence. Since 1932 Omega has been the Official Timekeeper of 22 Olympic Games and has been called upon to time those of Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. Since its creation Omega's history has been replete with examples of innovation, record precision, audacious design, pioneering spirit and a tradition of excellence in watchmaking. This tradition was further demonstrated in 1999 with the launch of the revolutionary Co-Axial movement, developed with the noted British watchmaker George Daniels and constituting one of the 20th century's major innovations in watchmaking excellence. SOURCE Omega Kurt Rossler, BNC, +1-212-253-4646, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Omega
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