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Face time with Daniel Craig—007, Omega am­bas­sador and all- around dap­per dude


The Beek­man may be New York’s buzzi­est, most Insta-baity ho­tel, but the news that Daniel Craig is the spe­cial guest at tonight’s Omega din­ner sparks more than a fris­son of ex­cite­ment among the Vete­ments hood­ies and glow­ing iPhone 7s. Craig is here in his role as Omega am­bas­sador, a post he’s held of­fi­cially since 2010, al­though he pro­vided the sto­ried Swiss brand its most elec­tri­fy­ing movie moment in Casino Royale (2006), when he emerged from the waves in tiny trunks and an Omega Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean. Tonight Omega is un­veil­ing a brand new watch to a small group of ed­i­tors and col­lec­tors. Hun­dreds of can­dles blaze as top brass in­tro­duce the time­piece, the Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean Big Blue, a diver’s watch made from a sin­gle block of blue ce­ramic. When Craig en­ters, the room is stirred, a lit­tle shaken. He’s taller than ex­pected, im­mac­u­late in a Sav­ile Row suit, eyes like a Siberian husky. “For men, watches are a piece of jew­ellery that you can col­lect,” Craig says, with that fa­mil­iar smirky grin. “Be­cause of the pre­ci­sion and tech­nol­ogy that goes into mak­ing them they have a sort of fas­ci­na­tion for me.” Tonight, he’s wear­ing a Sea­mas­ter 300. “It’s so light! It’s nice to wear a light watch with a suit. When I have my shirts made for Bond, I have the left cuff made slightly larger so I can wear the watch, and the sleeve sits over it.” Craig cites the orig­i­nal Casino Royale watch as his favourite Omega piece. “It lives in the safe, which is maybe a bit sad, but I’m so des­per­ately scared of los­ing it.” The new Big Blue has a list of at­tributes a fathom long— wa­ter re­sis­tant to 600 me­tres, it passed eight tests by the Swiss Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Metrol­ogy to earn its Mas­ter Chronome­ter sta­tus—but Craig has hum­bler stan­dards for his time­pieces. “I don’t need it to do any­thing ex­cept to tell the time prop­erly,” he says. That grin.

Daniel Craig at the Omega event; be­low with The Kit’s Laura DeCarufel.

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