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8 February 2006

OMEGA PAVILION opens in Turin

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Official Timekeeper welcomes IOC President Jacques Rogge, TOROC President Valentino Castellani, special guests and visitors to Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games

IOC President Jacques Rogge and TOROC President Valentino Castellani were the guests of honour today at the opening of the OMEGA Pavilion in downtown <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Turin. On hand to welcome Presidents Rogge and Castellani were Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek and OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart, who gave Mr Rogge and Mr. Castellani a brief tour of the Olympic Exhibition, which features a representative selection of historic and contemporary OMEGA chronographs and sports timekeeping equipment, posters commemorating “Great Moments in Time” and a series of superb photographs of Olympic athletes in action. Photographers stopped the VIP tour for a group portrait in front of an Olympic bobsleigh just prior to the inauguration ceremony.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Speaking to the assembled guests, which included officials representing the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Games organizing committees from Turin (TOROC), Beijing (BOCOG), Vancouver (VANOC) and London (LOCOG); the City and Province of Turin and the Piemonte Region; the presidents of International Federations, Swatch Group and OMEGA executives and some 50 journalists, Jacques Rogge underlined the critical role played by the Official Timekeeper, and noted that since OMEGA had first served in that role in 1932, one could indeed speak of a “long-term relationship” between the company and the Olympic Games. Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek thanked Mr. Rogge for the demonstration of confidence and trust in OMEGA on the part of the IOC, and said he looked forward to strengthening the relationship in the years ahead. OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart noted that the Olympic Exhibition documented the extraordinary advances made in timekeeping technologies since 1932, and promised that, as Official Timekeeper, OMEGA would continue to provide state-of-the-art timekeeping systems to ensure the delivery of accurate and reliable results at the Olympic Games. Stephen Urquhart then invited Mr Rogge to be the first person to sign the official OMEGA Pavilion Visitor’s Book. Mr. Rogge signed, followed by Mr. Castellani, and the Pavilion was officially declared open.

 In addition to the Olympic Exhibition, the OMEGA Pavilion hosts the exclusive OMEGA Lounge and the OMEGA Boutique. Mr. Urquhart and Mr. Hayek accompanied Jacques Rogge and Valentino Castellani on a brief visit to the boutique, where Mr. Urquhart presented the company’s Olympic Collection and posed for photographs with Mr. Hayek and the guests of honour.

The choice of OMEGA to supply accurate and reliable timekeeping equipment was first made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1932. Seventy-four years later, at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the world’s top athletes again look to OMEGA for accurate, reliable and comprehensive results. OMEGA also serves as Official Timekeeper to the Paralympic Games, and will represent The Swatch Group Ltd as the designated Official Timekeeper at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

 

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Galleria San Federico – Via Roma, 54 Torino

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