Wednesday, April 26, was a big day in the world of Omega. Surrounded by a universe of light and sound, the great Swiss watch manufacturer celebrated the 60th anniversary of its celebrated Speedmaster watch with a star-filled event in London. George Clooney, star of Gravity, and Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, were the guests of honour at the “Lost in Space” evening, which paid tribute to the Speedmaster’s unrivalled legacy in space exploration.
The night was hosted by Professor Brian Cox at the Tate Modern, which was transformed to give guests a truly sensory experience. Inside, the famous art gallery was given a sleek and futuristic touch, including a stunning display of 60 important Speedmaster models from 1957 to 2017. Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega, was the first on stage and welcomed the guests with his thoughts about the brand’s most well-known chronograph.
Among those lucky guests was Nicholas Saputra. Omega has chosen him as one of its VIP fans around the world because he is a much sought-after actor and shares the brand’s passion for environmentalism. Saputra himself has loved Omega watches for as long as he can remember, so he was delighted to model the new Speedmaster while Prestige photographed him in the streets of central London.
“It was such an amazing experience,” said Saputra the morning after the big launch. “The event was surreal, very well-conceived. It was one of the best launches I have ever attended. And it all took place in one of my favourite places in London, the Tate Modern. So I began to enjoy the evening the minute I stepped into the gallery.”
The Omega Speedmaster has a distinguished history. Most famously, in 1969, it became the first watch to be worn on the Moon. Although Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the Moon, he left his Speedmaster inside the Lunar Module as a backup for the module’s electronic timer had malfunctioned. Buzz Aldrin elected to wear his Speedmaster, however, when he set foot on the Moon. Forty eight years later, the great man appeared spectacularly in a spacesuit on Omega’s stage. After great applause, he recounted some of his memories of his time in space.
“It was truly a thrilling moment for me to experience that,” says Saputra. Among the stars he rubbed shoulders with during the magical evening were actresses Liv Tyler and Laura Carmichael, singers Ellie Goulding and Pixie Lott, chef Marcus Wareing, boxer David Haye, swimmer Adam Peaty and a gaggle of gorgeous models: Arizona Muse, Erin O’Connor, David Gandy, Amber LeBon and Toby Huntington-Whiteley.
As we made our way around some of London’s most famous sights, Saputra talked about two of his passions – environmentalism and art – and how he has managed to combine them. “I’m involved in an elephant conservation project in Tangkahan, North Sumatera,” the actor said. “Last year, I took part in a short documentary to raise awareness of the plight of the elephants called Save Our Forest Giants. It’s a project of the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia.
“I have a personal connection with Tangkahan. So it’s a nice feeling to contribute to the place. I have been there a lot of times. My first visit was in 2005 and I instantly fell in love with it. Besides elephant conservation, I have started an artist residency program in Tangkahan. I want to connect artists with conservation issues. I held a fundraiser to send Angki Purbandono to live there for a month and to produce an art piece as a result of his residency. Angki also made a video about the area for showing at the 10th edition of ArtJog in Yogyakarta.”
Why is art so important to Saputra? “For me, art is an inspiration that connects with yourself,” he replies. “When you can enjoy and appreciate art, it will trigger your senses. It can be moving, inspiring. I feel that art is like an ecstasy for the senses.”
Outfits: Dunhill London
Photography: Michael Foyle Photography
Fashion Direction: Peter Zewet
Grooming: Irene Tedj
Location: Omega Flagship Store, Oxford Street, London