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.