As many of us have been enjoying the displays of peak athleticism in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, our minds are probably not on the lesser glamourous functions that are actually so crucial to the Games. Such as timekeeping.
When you have the world's finest athletes—each born and bred to be the best at their game—competing against each other, a thousandth of a second may be the difference between gold and silver. That said, it's a huge handover of trust every Olympics to select the Game's official timekeeper.
Since 1932, Omega has been the Olympic Games official timekeeper 28 times, including the current PyeongChang Winter Games.. To commemorate its milestone and the Games, Omega has released a special Seamaster Olympic Games Collection, featuring the iconic watch in each of the five colours of the also icon Olympic Rings logo: blue, yellow, black, green and red.
More than just the colourways, the design of the dials are inspired by the brand's Olympic timekeeping past as well. Sporty hands and high contrasting (thus easy-to-read) hour and minute markers of these limited edition Seamasters are derived from Omega stopwatches used in the 1976 events in Montral and Innsbruck.
To make the watch even more significant to the Olympics, Omega has added an anodized aluminium ring on the caseback that lists all the games in which Omega was the official timekeeper, from Los Angeles 1932 to Los Angeles 2028.
Presented on micro-perforated leather straps, for function and appearance, the 39.5mm watches run on the Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8800. There are also 2,032 versions of each model available in the world, and you can own one for 188,000 baht.
Find the watch at the Omega Boutique in Central Embassy, Siam Paragon and The Emporium.omegawatches.com