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7 August 2007

Swiss Start Countdown to Beijing


Omega marks One Year Countdown to Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with new Countdown Clock welcoming visitors to Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 7th, 2007, 6.00 p.m., Central European Time. A new Omega Countdown Clock gives visitors to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne a taste of the excitement building in Beijing ahead of next year’s Olympic Games. At six in the evening in Lausanne, it was midnight in Beijing, one year to the day before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are set to begin.


The Omega Countdown Clock at Lausanne’s Olympic Museum is not the first to begin the countdown to Beijing 2008. Just over three years ago, a giant Omega Countdown Clock was inaugurated in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, and has since been counting down the hours, minutes and seconds remaining to the Opening Ceremony of the Games, set for 8:00 pm on 8 August 2008.


Both Omega Countdown Clocks feature red LED indicators counting down the time to Beijing, and both show the official emblem of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a human-like figure forming the second Chinese character of Beijing in Chinese writing, along with the title “Beijing 2008” and the five colored Olympic Rings. As 2008 is a leap year, the Omega Countdown Clocks in Beijing and Lausanne now show 366 days — and counting ...