The world’s biggest party city plus the most talented athletes from across the globe, what could possibly top it? The answer is very few things, but for the Rio Olympics, a visit from the second man to walk on the moon proved to be both the icing and the cherry on the cake.
Sure, other famous guests made their presence felt in Brazil – actors Eddie Redmayne and Matthew McConaughey to name but two – but when living legend Buzz Aldrin landed in town, Rio went wild. This was quickly followed by chattering in the watch world when, following a Q&A session at luxury Rio base Omega House, news broke via Aldrin’s Twitter and Facebook accounts of a new guest watch designer at Omega.
It appears that Aldrin’s comment about co-designing a watch for Mars’ days of 24 hours and 39 minutes with Omega may not actually be as throwaway as it first appeared – although there is certainly no official comment from Omega! It may be a pretty useless timepiece for life on earth but oh mama, do I want one. And, as excitement grew over the “news”, Aldrin joked on social media that friends in Brazil had ordained him “the Sultan of Mars!”
Aldrin has had a relationship with Omega dating back to 1965 when the Speedmaster, after meeting all the requirements of NASA was declared “operational for space exploration and flight certified”, making it the official Moonwatch and the model Aldrin and his colleagues wore when the Apollo 11 became the first spacecraft to take humans to the moon.
Today, looking decades younger than his 86 years, Aldrin is still dreaming big and has been sharing his passion by cheering on the US Olympic squad, decked out in patriotic wristbands, braces and ties, posting his adventures on Facebook along the way – including one 1960s shot of himself pole vaulting with the caption: “Been waiting for the pole vaulting. It’s my sport! I could still pole vault in 1968. I was 38 years old here. I’m surprised I didn’t hurt my back.”