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Friday, August 7, 2015

Omega Unveils Olympic Watch, The Bullhead Rio 2016 Limited Edition

The Omega Bullhead Rio 2016 Limited Edition

The longtime official timekeeper of the Olympic Games, Omega, introduced a new watch to mark its sponsorship of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

The Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016 Limited Edition is designed to relate directly to the Rio event, set to officially begin Aug. 5, 2016.

Like its Olympic predecessors, the Bullhead Rio has a central chronograph seconds hand and a 30-minute recorder at 12 o’clock. The shape of the watch is reminiscent of a bullhead, and the term was originally a nickname coined by watch collectors who admire the shape of the timepiece.

The Omega Bullhead Rio 2016 Limited Edition with its packaging

The watch is powered with Omega’s Co-Axial caliber 3113, and stamped with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo on the caseback.

The exterior of the watch links directly with the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. For example, the blue leather strap is the same color of the Rio Olympics logo and features stitching along each side colored yellow, green, red and black in recognition of the colors of the Olympic rings. This color theme is continued on the 60-minute rotating inner-bezel that the Swiss luxury watch brand says serves “as a meaningful reminder of the unity and harmony that the Olympic rings signify.”

From left: Torben Grael, Kahena Kunze, Martine Grael and Bastian Baker, Swiss singer-songwriter and an Omega ambassador.

The watch was unveiled at an event in Rio de Janeiro on August 3 that included the introduction of Omega’s three new “friends” of the brand, all from the world of sailing: Brazilian sailor Torben Grael, a five-time Olympic medalist, along with his daughter Martine Grael and her partner Kahena Kunze who are the world ranking leaders of the new Olympic class, the 49erFX.

It is available now for purchase, although limited to 316 pieces in honor of the 3rd time golf will be played at the Olympics, as well as the year 2016.

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