The last man to walk on the Moon opens the new Omega store in London

By Robert Johnston 09 July 15

When the traffic came to a standstill in London’s Knightsbridge on Wednesday night it wasn’t the result of the tube strike. Rather, motorists stopped to gawp at the sight veteran astronaut Captain Gene Cernan posing for pictures in a Lunar Rover outside the new Omega boutique in Sloane Street. The last man to have walked on the surface of the Moon – on the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 – was there to open the seventh Omega boutique in the capital

Afterwards Omega VP Raynald Aeschlimann and Captain Cernan celebrated with a dinner underneath the Scout rocket in the Science Museum, where the latter spoke about the role the Speedmaster had played during the Apollo programme – not least in ensuring the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew. He also talked inspiringly of his experience of seeing the Earth from the Moon’s surface and how moved he had been by the beauty of the planet in the immensity of space, as well as how he had left his daughter Tracy’s initials etched in moon rock.

Other guests included Eve Branson, mother of Richard, and Danish philanthropist Per Wimmer, space advocate and a founding astronaut of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.