An exclusive Speedmaster Moonwatch has been awarded to the winners of this year’s Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. Presented at the Starmus VI Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, the moment was a highlight of the event and the continuation of OMEGA’s legendary passion for science and space.
Since 2011, the Starmus Festival has delivered a combination of science, art and music, helping the general public to understand and appreciate complex topics. As part of the event, OMEGA supports the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, which recognises those who promote science through three different disciplines including Science Writing; Films; and Music and Art.
This year’s four winners were Brian May, Jane Goodall, Diane Ackerman and the NASA Communications Unit.
“OMEGA has supported the Starmus Festival since 2017.”
As a reward for their achievements, each winner received a special Speedmaster Moonwatch crafted in 18K Sedna™ Gold – OMEGA’s own exclusive red gold alloy. Inside, the watch is powered by the modern Co-Axial Master Chronometer 3861 movement, a direct descendent of the iconic Calibre 321 that went to the moon.
Most impressively, the timepiece features a smoked sapphire crystal glass caseback, which has been uniquely engraved in white to depict the medal itself. This includes an image of the cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during the first ever human spacewalk as well as the “Red Special” guitar of Queen’s Brian May.
“What we love about the Starmus Festival is that they make innovative and complex subjects accessible to everyone. It’s a celebration of creativity and getting more people excited about the universe around us. We’re very honoured to play a part and gift these watches to such deserving winners of the Stephen Hawking medal.”