Last week our third Speedy Tuesday Event of this year took place in Frankfurt, Germany. Together with Omega, we organized a wonderful Speedmaster-filled event for about 45 people. With a very special guest: Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke.
If you haven’t seen the report of our Speedy Tuesday events in Biel (click here) or Milan (click here) earlier on, we suggest you will after this one. This time, NASA’s Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke was our special guest and speaker of the day. Not only did he gave a talk about that time he was walking on the Moon, but he was also part of our Q&A panel.
In Frankfurt am Main, in the MainNizza venue, we welcomed all guests on the morning of Tuesday the 28th of May. A different set-up than in Milan, but Omega made sure to bring some interesting pieces from both the current collection as well as from their museum. A light breakfast was served, as it was just after 9 am in the morning. It was also a good opportunity to meet all the guests and talk watches!
We have published the full 50-minute Q&A session video here with Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke if you are interested (also make sure to follow our YouTube channel as there’s more to come). Besides video, we made sure to take some photos as well, to give you a good impression of the event.
Enjoy the images, and just click them for larger versions.
Charlie Duke was wearing his regular Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ on this special day
Charlie Duke made its presence, as can be seen on the videos above, and made a lasting impression with many guests. He took the time to share his stories, sign all sorts of things (including watches) and take pictures. Charlie was certainly enjoying this Speedy Tuesday in Frankfurt. He was wearing his regular Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ on this special day. Although he also mentioned his X-33 (and he can be seen on his own Instagram account wearing one), he also let us know that for him it isn’t the easiest watch to operate. We can imagine, as it does need some practising to understand how to access and use all of its functions. The watch had has been wearing in space is not in his possession, as he had to give it back to NASA at some point.
…production of the caliber 321 movements will be between 1000 and 2000 per year.
What makes a Speedy Tuesday event so much fun is the possibility to connect to other Speedmaster fans and talk about our mutual passion for these chronographs. Omega made sure to bring the new Speedmaster Apollo XI anniversary editions, in gold and steel (with a touch of gold) and of course the new caliber 321 movement. The watches that will have this movement have not been shown yet, but as confirmed during our first Speedy Tuesday event of this year, the first ones will be in precious metal. From what we have confirmed last week in Frankfurt, the production of the caliber 321 movements will be between 1000 and 2000 per year. The steel Speedmaster with this movement will be introduced before the end of this year.
It was amazing to see how many watches were brought in by the Speedy Tuesday guests in Frankfurt (and Milan, for that matter). From modern Moonwatch models, limited editions to vintage treasures. Where we noticed a lot of gold Speedmasters in Milan, in Frankfurt there were quite some Speedy Tuesday editions, FOiS models, and a good share of vintage beauties. During these events, you are more than welcome to bring your collection or part of your collection, as long as you feel comfortable with it. There’s security around, but please do take notice of customs and how to deal with this in your country and the country you visit.
Our next Speedy Tuesday event will take place in Singapore, on June 25th. Registration for Singapore and Hong Kong are closed by now. We will soon open up for New York (September 17th), followed by Tokyo (October). On each of these events (except for Hong Kong and Singapore, where we will have the same special guests), we will have different special guests and speakers. Make sure to be registered for our newsletter, to be among the first to know about these things.
We would like to thank all guests for participating, Omega for their awesome support and Charlie Duke and his wife for their presence at this Speedy Tuesday event.
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