Tom Milner, co-director at Tustains Jewellers on Regent Street experienced a taste of the celebrity lifestyle when he was a guest of Omega watches at the recent European Master Golf in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, where he met their brand ambassador, American swimmer Michael Phelps. The conversation that followed was all about their common enthusiasm for beautiful watches.
Michael Phelps probably needs no introduction. With a magnificent total of 22 Olympic medals (18 of them Gold) under his belt from Olympic Games in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 he has set the record for the greatest number of Olympic medals won by any athlete. At just 15, he was the youngest swimmer in the American team for almost 70 years at the 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney. Although he didn’t win a medal at the Sydney games, he went on to be the youngest male swimmer to set a world record and the rest, as they say, is history. In his own words “Records are always made to be broken, no matter what they are”.
Now retired from competitive swimming, Phelps has more time for other sports and describes golf as “one of my more serious pastimes”. After a press conference during the tournament he enjoyed taking time to play golf on the famous course, which has to in one of the world’s most beautiful settings for the game. Michael has been part of the Omega watches team of ambassadors since 2004.
Tom Milner, as an expert on Omega watches, was attending the event as their guest and was fortunate to meet Phelps as part of the visit. Tom recognised immediately that Michael was a fellow “watch geek” and a lively exchange of views followed. Tom commented “Michael was raving about the soon to be released ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Speedmaster watch, which typified his love of bold, characterful watches and for which no introduction is necessary. He will, no doubt, be at the front of the queue for one when it’s released on sale. As for his own personal choice of watch - he wore a beautiful Omega Planet Ocean Ceragold, which he let me try on myself. We were so engrossed discussing different watches, we didn’t mention swimming at all!”