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11 November 2013

Swimming superstar Chad Le Clos visits Nicolas G. Hayek Center in Tokyo


On Monday afternoon, OMEGA brand ambassador Chad Le Clos, one of the world’s top swimmers, visited the Nicolas G. Hayek Center (NGHC) Tokyo’s Ginza, a prestigious area distinguished the flagship boutiques of well-known luxury brands. Chad won a gold medal in the 200m butterfly and a silver medal in the 100m butterfly at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

The swimmer was in Tokyo to compete in the FINA World Cup on November 9th and 10th.  Chad won four gold medals and one silver medal in the 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 400m Individual Medley and 200m Individual Medley respectively.


Christophe Savioz, President and Representative Director of Swatch Group Japan K.K./OMEGA Brand Manager, welcomed the talented South African swimming star who has been breaking world records regularly throughout the year.  Mr. Savioz guided Chad through the NGHC which has been acclaimed internationally for its unique design by leading Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.

Chad then visited OMEGA Boutique GINZA on the 2nd floor. The staff welcomed him warmly, congratulating him for the outstanding achievements. He then autographed a watch box and a panel featuring his image.

Chad enjoyed watch making in the Customer Service Section working on tiny components in watch movements with purpose-built precision tools. He said, “I’m always fascinated by anyone who is committed to doing something as well as it can possibly be done. The watchmakers and I work in completely different worlds but we have something in common – we are focused, disciplined and driven by the desire to do our jobs perfectly.”

Afterwards, he was interviewed by members of media at the NGHC. Asked about his impression of Tokyo, he said, “I have been completely impressed by what I’ve seen so far. This visit has been very short and I’ve had to concentrate on swimming. I would love to come back when I have more time and explore not only Tokyo but some of the other places in Japan. I’ve had a great time here.”