In conjunction with Omega's Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Exhibition, astronauts—or rather, models decked out in spacesuits—have been spotted in various places around town. They have also made their appearance at the exhibition area at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Level B1.
The astronauts are part of an homage to the inextricable links of the Omega Speedmaster to Nasa and its space exploration programmes. In the Seventies, the Swiss watchmaker—and the Speedmaster—was the de facto watch brand for all Nasa astronauts because of its accuracy, precision and ability to perform under tough conditions.
Insiders will also know the significant role the Omega Speedmaster played in the Apollo 13's safe return to earth. An oxygen tank exploded onboard and destroyed the Service Module, which was essential in providing vital information for the crew. The Speedmaster was used to time a 14 second manoeuvre, which allowed the crew to land on earth safely. Which is why the Speedmaster earns the nickname "Moonwatch".
Before the Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Exhibition comes to a close on July 9, the astronauts will be making one last appearance on July 7 at 7.30pm. Our advice? Get your mobile phones ready and approach these spacewalkers for a wefie.