Putting the breath-taking beauty of our world’s oceans into the spotlight and emphasising their vulnerability was the aim of the “Planet Ocean” exhibition realised by the Swiss luxury watch brand OMEGA at the Berlin department store KaDeWe.
The opening was celebrated on 30th July 2014 with an exclusive dinner for which award-winning chef Tim Raue created a special five-course menu. The guests – among them Hannes Jaenicke, Florian David Fitz, Bettina Zimmermann, Kai Wiesinger and Sabine Christiansen – entered the legendary department store on a “blue carpet” which set the theme for the evening. All eyes were on the impressive photographs taken by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, founder of the GoodPlanet Foundation and director of the documentary Planet Ocean. The pictures show our oceans from different and unusual angles and capture their grace and majesty as well as the dangers they face. The protection of the oceans is a very dear cause to GoodPlanet, as Céderic Javanaud, Manager of the foundation’s Ocean Programme, explained. With the support of OMEGA, GoodPlanet is currently realizing two projects for the preservation of mangroves in Indonesia.
“I am grateful to OMEGA and KaDeWe for this great opportunity. GoodPlanet and OMEGA have a loyal relationship, almost a friendship, and we aim to encourage a better understanding of our world’s oceans,” Cédric Javanaud said.
The dinner was held in KaDeWe’s atrium under still images from Planet Ocean. Before the dinner began, OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart and André Maeder, Group Managing Director Premium Group and KaDeWe, welcomed the guests.
“It has been a privilege to work with GoodPlanet to raise awareness of environmental issues through exhibitions and events much like this one at Berlin’s KaDeWe. OMEGA is proud to be part of the ‘Planet Ocean’ and ‘Time for the Planet’ projects and to have supported a film that shows how every man, woman and child can contribute to the health of the oceans that are, in effect, the source of all life on Earth,” said Stephen Urquhart.
The theme of sustainability was also taken up in Tim Raue’s menu, which included many seasonal and regional products. The evening’s finale comprised of an unplugged concert by Andreas Bourani who played, among other songs, his World Cup hymn “Auf uns”.
OMEGA and GoodPlanet
Since coming together in 2011, OMEGA and GoodPlanet have started several projects which highlight the environmental problems the oceans face and educate people on environmental protection. These projects – such as the documentary Planet Ocean and the accompanying exhibitions – draw attention to the beauty of our oceans and share with audiences how we can better care for them. The recently launched “Planet Ocean” app also gives a few tips and hints to encourage sustainability. It gives everyone the possibility to act responsibly when consuming fish and seafood. The app, which is available for Apple and Android smartphones, informs consumers which types of fish are okay to eat, where the seafood has been caught and what other, more sustainable alternatives exist.
Furthermore, OMEGA supports the GoodPlanet Foundation by donating parts of the proceeds from the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GMT GoodPlanet to finance the “Time for the Planet” initiative. This initiative includes two environmental projects in the North and South Sulawesi regions of Indonesia. The aim of “Time for the Planet” is to preserve mangroves and sea grasses in this area and to educate the local population about the importance of these natural resources.
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