After our Singapore Speedy Tuesday Event, we travelled to Hong Kong to host the Speedy Tuesday event on Thursday, June 27th.
Similar to the report of the event in Singapore, we share the pictures that we took during the Hong Speedy Tuesday Event. In the same constellation (no pun intended) as in Singapore (together with the Head of Brand Heritage Petros Protopapas, former NASA engineer James H. Ragan), we did presentations and a panel discussion in Hong Kong. Of course, there was also the opportunity to try the new Speedmaster Apollo XI watches. These watches are being delivered to the markets as we speak.
I was very happy to see so many enthusiast Speedmaster fans in Hong Kong, and we also (again) had guests who travelled all the way from Australia and from Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). In this photo report, we will again show some wrist candy as well. Also in Hong Kong we saw many Speedy Tuesday Ultraman models, but also a lot of Speedy Tuesday “Tribute to Alaska III” editions. And, of course, you already might have seen it on our Instagram channel, the Speedy Tuesday fan with the Speedy suspenders.
I am never happy when my alarm clock goes off before 7 am. I can deal with an occasional 6 am, but 5 am or even earlier simply kills me. However, the excitement to visit Hong Kong and hosting a Speedy Tuesday event there made me quickly forget about those numbers. We took an early flight from Singapore to Hong Kong and had a bit of time to look around, visit the Omega boutique and shoot some images.
Being for the first time in Hong Kong, I am happy I had some hours to spend in this mind-blowing city. Gerard, who joined me during this trip to Asia last week, has been to Hong Kong before so he was the perfect guide.
The set-up of the Hong Kong Speedy Tuesday event was similar to the one in Singapore, with the exception that we had a lower number of guests (approximately 40). All the guests arrived around 2 pm at the ESPACE Hong Kong building, where we hosted the event on the 7th floor. Completely decorated with Speedy Tuesday walls and desks, everyone was welcomed with a glass of champagne.
In a special corner, vintage Speedmasters (and some of the newer models, including the Apollo 8, ST1 and ST2) were on display. It is so incredibly cool that even the gold Speedmaster Apollo XI that was presented to Vice-president Spiro Agnew in 1969 was there as well, and could be tried and handled up close.
Omega Hong Kong was present as well and the Marketing Director of Hong Kong welcomed the guests, followed by a short introduction from Petros Protopapas. I spoke about the Speedy Tuesday community and shared some words on how the Speedy Tuesday “Tribute to Alaska” came to life back in 2017. Next on stage was James H. Ragan, who spoke about his time at NASA and about the Moon program and his work as a field engineer at the time. He explained that although he was hired to do the watch selection, one of his first jobs was to help NASA with selecting the right camera equipment. We will soon release the video with the talk from Ragan he did in Hong Kong. Some parts are similar to what he has told in Singapore, but there are some interesting other topics he touched in Hong Kong and vice versa.
After the panel discussion, there was time to answer some questions from the guests. It was very clear that there were a lot of well-informed guests, asking very specific and detailed questions on the Speedmaster topic. I think we should add some more time in the coming events to have the questions answered from the audience.
Next up was a little break that allowed us to do some shooting (wrist shots at the end of this report) and catch up with some of the guests.
After this break, we continued with the product presentation as well as the touch and feel sessions with the Speedmaster Apollo XI and caliber 321 movement. Unfortunately no news yet about the new watch that will have the caliber 321 or when it will be released. Hopefully, we will see something later this year. Both Apollo XI 50th anniversary editions were well received in Hong Kong (as they were in Singapore), we hope that those who are interested will have the opportunity to obtain one. As far as we know, the gold Apollo XI deliveries started last week and this week the first steel versions are being delivered to the boutiques.
The Hong Kong Speedy Tuesday event ended with a sublime dinner at Mott32. Our very own Sky Sit already mentioned to me that this is one of her favourite places in Hong Kong, and it was indeed awesome. It was truly great to meet so many Speedmaster fans in Hong Kong, and from what I have been told, they also enjoyed that the Speedmaster was put in the spotlight in their city.
Gerard took a number of wrist shots during the Speedy Tuesday event in Hong Kong. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed this impression of the Hong Kong Speedy Tuesday event and hope to see you during our New York and Tokyo Speedy Tuesday events later this year. We will soon open registration.
Again, a big Thank You to Omega Hong Kong, Omega HQ and Mr Ragan. A special thanks to Petros and France.
Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more