One of the coolest, most unique clubs in the world of watchmaking, with only a few new members. Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, mad genius/tech guru/bubbling entrepreneur Elon Musk, music wizard Brian Eno and producer of the Apollo 11 documentary are the latest winners of the Stephen Hawking Award for Science Communication. In addition to this award, a few of the selected individuals will receive an Omega Speedmaster Professional “Starmus” watch.
This year’s Starmus Festival in Zurich brought together world-renowned lighting experts from the worlds of science, art and film. Since 2016, the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication has been awarded to a small number of individuals who have enriched the lives and minds of the general public through their tireless efforts.
In presenting the first medal, Professor Stephen Hawking summed up the contribution and importance of the winners in these words: “By interacting with everyone from school children to politicians to pensioners, science communicators put science at the heart of everyday life. Bringing Science to People, Bringing People to Science. This is vital to me, to you, and to the world at large.”
Since 2017, Omega has supported the event with a special Speedmaster for the winners, and given that no awards ceremony was held in 2018, 2019 is only the second time a group has received an replica Omega Speedmaster Professional Starmus watch.
The design of the medal is reflected in the exclusive Speedmaster’s back cover (although the back cover is not painted as well as the medal itself). Featuring the image of an astronaut (Alexander Leonov, to be precise) and the “Red Special” guitar owned by and associated with Brian May of Queens, the medal embodies the diversity of miracles and pays tribute to a very different but equally inspiring field. Both have helped bring the award to life.
Former winners of the replica omega uk Special Edition Watch are musician Jean-Michel Jarre, astrophysicist and science writer Neil deGrasse Tyson and creator and actor of the long-running television series The Big Bang Theory. As you can see from the photos below, the first timepiece is completely different from this year’s model.
This year’s winning crew will receive a very special 18K Sedna™ Gold Finished Overlord Lunar Watch. The new product is based on the model known as the “First Omega in Space” – the legendary watch strapped to Walter Schirra’s wrist during the 1962 Sigma 7 mission of the Mercury program. Aesthetically, it is identical to the Omega Speedmaster “first watch” launched in 2015 with the Sedna™ gold spacecraft, except for the case. Somewhat surprisingly, though, unlike reference numbers 105.012 and 145.012, the “FOIS” model is classified by uk fake omega watches as a lunar table, which actually places it on the lunar surface. Despite the differences among purists, the gold version of the “FOIS” did excite many Speedy ard accumulators, and I think this model can do the same. This special edition Starmus, like many other Speedmasters (e.g., Dark Side of the Moon), is also classified as Moonwatch in the Omega nomenclature, and bears little resemblance to the watch that purists consider worthy of the name.
The 2017 Starmus model measures 42mm, but this model is the same size as the 2015 reference model 318.104.22.168.02.001 (39.7mm). This iteration of the iconic timepiece features a polished brown ceramic bezel and matte chrome nitride tachymeter scale. These warm elements are paired with the Sedna™ gold case, which perfectly matches the brown PVD subdial. The center of the dial is a contrasting opaque silver color.