Omega, creator of “the
Bond watch”, has opened its new James Bond
Exhibition featuring Casino Royale items in Geneva,
Omega James Bond Exhibition
28th December 2006
Omega, Swiss luxury watchmaker and creator of “the Bond
watch”, has opened its James Bond Exhibition to the public
at Cité du Temps in Geneva, Switzerland. On display until
end of January 2007 is an exclusive selection of photographs,
Omega watches worn by members of the cast, and props used in
the filming of Casino Royale, the 21st and most recent film adventure
featuring Ian Fleming’s legendary British spy. Among the
artifacts on display are a number of personal items—a book
of poems, a handkerchief, a letter, keys, a bottle of perfume—belonging
to Vesper Lynd, played by the beautiful French actress, Eva Green.
Additional items of interest to Bond fans include the inhaler
used by Bond’s nemesis, Le Chiffre, an architectural scale
model of the fictional “Casino Royale” in Montenegro
and, naturally, the Bond watch worn in the film by Daniel Craig,
the British actor playing James Bond for the first time.
Above: The Omega "Casino Royale"
Exhibition at Cité du
Temps in Geneva, Switzerland.
In point of fact, Daniel Craig wears two Omega
watches in Casino Royale. The first is a striking black Planet
Ocean, the professional
diver’s watch Bond wears before he earns his notorious “license
to kill”. The second is “the Bond watch” familiar
from earlier films in the long-running series, an Omega Seamaster
Professional. Also on view in the Geneva exhibition are producer
Barbara Broccoli’s copy of the Casino Royale screenplay,
Bond’s money clip and credit cards, British passports made
out to Bond and Vesper Lynd, short videos with scenes from the
film, and large-scale photographs from the set, many of which
have not previously been released elsewhere.
Above: A first edition copy of "Casino
Royale" by Ian Fleming (left), and the black Omega
Planet Ocean worn by Daniel Craig in the 2006 film
The Omega James Bond Exhibition is open to the
public at Cité du
Temps, the Swatch Group cultural centre in the heart of Geneva,
Switzerland. The historic building at Pont de la Machine 1 has
been a city landmark since the 1840s. Originally constructed
to supply water to the city’s new fountains and recently
restructured by the Swatch Group, it has become a vital source
of energy for the arts and culture in Geneva. The interactive
venue accommodates cultural events, conferences, permanent exhibitions
and a broad range of temporary exhibitions.
Above: Vesper's personal items (left),
and the passports and cover story given to Bond and Vesper
for their mission at the Casino Royale (right).
Celebrating the return of James Bond to the silver screen, Omega
has released two new limited-edition Bond watches: The Omega
Seamaster Planet Ocean Casino Royale, available in a limited
edition of 5,007, and the James Bond Limited Series, an exclusive
new Omega Seamaster Professional featuring the classic blue “Bond” bezel
and 007 numerals at the tip of the seconds hand, limited to 10,007
pieces. Among the first Bond watches to be equipped with the
exclusive Omega Co-Axial Escapement, both models are professional
diver’s watches and COSC-certified chronometers.
Omega James Bond Watches
James Bond Limited Edition 2006