OMEGA AMBASSADORS FROM LEFT: NATHAN CHEN, OKSANA MASTERS, ALLYSON FELIX, NOAH LYLES
Four extraordinary U.S. athletes and OMEGA ambassadors took the stage at the Planet OMEGA Exhibition last Friday — Olympians Noah Lyles, Nathan Chen, and Allyson Felix, and Paralympian Oksana Masters — for an in-depth panel discussion about their careers and the Swiss brand’s legacy of timekeeping in sport. OMEGA has been the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932, and the Official Timekeeper of the Paralympic Games since 1992. For over 90 years, the brand has been proudly recording dreams, while also developing some of the most critical timekeeping equipment that athletes rely on.
Sprinter Noah Lyles is one of the world’s most exciting young track athletes, having already won a bronze medal in the 200m event at Tokyo 2020 and three gold medals at the 2023 World Championships. “In my sport, every split second really counts. From the starting blocks, right to the finish line. The excellence that OMEGA brings is very reassuring and I know that all the athletes really appreciate the accuracy they bring to those important moments.”
Added Allyson Felix, the most decorated U.S. Olympic track athlete with 11 Olympic Games medals, including 7 gold, “I’ve been to five Olympic Games, and at every one, OMEGA has brought a consistent high level of timekeeping .
The newest OMEGA ambassador, Oksana Masters is a multi-sport athlete who has won 17 Paralympic Games medals including gold in Biathlon, Cycling & Cross-Country Skiing as well as a medal in Rowing. At the 2023 World Championship in Cycling, Oksana won by a photo finish and knows how precious time can be.
Open until November 19th at the Chelsea Factory in New York, Planet OMEGA exhibition is filled with watches and stories from across the decades. Some of the sporting highlights to see up close include one of the original OMEGA stopwatch models used to time the Olympic Games in 1932, along with the Seamaster Diver 300M Special Edition model that has just been released for Paris 2024. It’s a chance to experience OMEGA’s rich DNA, with six unique areas dedicated to Sport and Olympic and Paralympic Games, Space, Ocean, James Bond, Friends, and Precision.
Nathan Chen, who has won three medals in Figure Skating at the Olympic Winter Games, including a sensational gold at Beijing 2022 said, “It takes commitment and hard work to get every detail right, and that’s something we both bring to our game. I love how this exhibition shows OMEGA’s dedication to so many areas.”