Emirates Woman travelled to Milan to join Omega and Nicole Kidman in an exclusive event. The purpose? To launch Omega’s celebration of women.
Omega is a brand that is passionate about help a cause and so what better subject to celebrate than that of women? As part of the celebration, the brand has launched a new online diary, Time for Her, which features interviews, portraits and inspiration from around the world.
Writing some of the very first articles for Omega’s new online diary was renowned fashion blogger, illustrator and photographer, Garance Doré.
The charming French woman, a media force in her own right, drew on Omega’s extensive history for inspiration. Vintage posters from artist René Gruau particularly took her fancy, and it’s easy to see why.
“I love reading about the history of jewellery secret watches,” she explained. “It was once considered rude for women to look at their watches, which is why Omega created pieces of jewellery with a watch hidden inside. That was a fascinating story to reveal to readers.”
Guests viewed the vintage adverts at the opening of Omega’s Her Time exhibition. This also featured Omega pieces from the last 100 years, ranging from the Art Deco pieces of the 1920s to the jewellery watches of the 1960s and 1970s, and from the early Lèpine pendants to the revolutionary Ladymatic.
The highlight of the two-day event was an impressive black tie gala dinner featuring brand ambassador Nicole Kidman. After socialites, media influencers, and journalists from around the world dined on food from two-time Michelin starred chef Enrico Bartolini, Kidman stepped on the stage. Her outfit – a black Mugler dress, Harry Winston jewels, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and clutch, and of course an Omega watch – was timeless and elegant.
“I’ve collected watches now for years,” said Kidman, addressing the excited audience. “In terms of the reality of life, I don’t use my iPhone to tell the time. I love to wear a watch. I think there’s an elegance and a sophistication to wearing watches. And I love that in the 1940s, Omega put a second hand in one of their watches to measure pulses. I love seconds hands on watches.”
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The international star also spoke about how time has changed since she’s had children. “You realise it all just goes so quickly. Obviously as you get older that becomes apparent and you have the desire for things to slow down,” she said. “There are many things you can buy in life, but you can’t buy time. It’s so precious.”
Joining Kidman on stage was Stephen Urquhart, president of Omega. Nicole is “part of our family,” he explained. “She is a beautiful actress with a warm personality.”
As the event came to a close, Omega stressed how its journey with women has been a story of time and fashion, and how there were plans to continue in such an empowering direction.
Words: Danae Mercer