CLAS­SIC RO­MANCE

THE KING OF BOL­LY­WOOD, SHAH RUKH KHAN, EX­PLAINS WHAT MAKES A MAN A MAN ON THE SIDE­LINES OF THE 50- YEAR AN­NIVER­SARY OF THE TAG HEUER CAR­RERA

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I’ m al­ways phased up when any dis­cus­sion is go­ing on away from my core com­pe­tence, i. e. act­ing. So I leave the job to peo­ple who know. As a brand am­bas­sador for Tag Heuer I trust they know what I need to do, be­cause they know life­style. I’m not aware of life­style. If have to go for a fash­ion show for Man­ish Malhotra he will tell me to walk a cer­tain way, then I walk. I’m just do­ing my job. don’t work to­wards be­ing a style icon or a youth icon.

What I per­son­ally en­joy about th­ese watches is that I can only de­fine them as be­ing “un- jew­ellery” like. I don’t think it’s a piece of jew­ellery, it’s a ba­sic sim­ple watch. It’s like me. I don’t think men should be fun. Men are men. Men are very ba­sic, very sim­ple. Men should not be too fash­ion con­scious. I find the more I’m grow­ing, and the more of the world I see, what makes me proud is that my chil­dren are very sim­ple, very ba­sic. For me ba­sic is very sim­ple. You can see the time, and play a lit­tle bit with the chrono­graph which is very use­ful when I you want to go to outer space, which is very sel­dom. While I do want to go to outer space, I mostly use it to time my chil­dren run­ning. That’s the motto I live by, “Do unto other as they would do unto you.” I’m very cour­te­ous, nor­mal and gen­uine. I say it in the con­text of an au­di­ence. They way I want them to be to me, I be that way to them. I try to be happy, have a great time, and say a few things off the cuff.

Per­son­ally to me a Tag watch ac­tu­ally em­bod­ies what I am. It’s straight­for­ward, rugged, it’s stylish. You don’t have to change it from for­mal to in­for­mal. It’s a watch, it tells you the time and that’s it. You need not know any­thing else from your watch. You need not to be able to see your lip­stick in your watch. When I sit in a race car and do laps around a track, I like the fea­tures, which is also very sel­dom. It’s not that I don’t a beau­ti­ful watch. I gift very beau­ti­ful watches to peo­ple, but they’re too beau­ti­ful for me.

It doesn’t mean I don’t en­joy lux­ury. My big­gest lux­ury is my Louis Vuit­ton haver­sack back­pack, they’re very few in the world. I’m finicky about shoes and how they fit, so I wear sneak­ers. I haven’t found the shop, but I like to wear Pac­ciotti sneak­ers. I don’t like for­mal shoes nor­mally. My friend, Louis Vuit­ton, makes shoes for me. I met him many years ago and told him how to make shoes for me, so he chooses them and sends them to me. Lots of Dolce & Gabbana white shirts, and hun­dreds of black suits which all look the same. I don’t know if I’ve evolved, though. I smell bet­ter. I don’t miss nor­mal life. I never wanted to be nor­mal. I’m not one of those achiev­ers, movie stars or pub­lic fig­ures who moan about not hav­ing pri­vacy. I wish to be a movie star all my life. I want to be recog­nised, I want to be has­sled, trou­bled. I want peo­ple to throng and yell my name. I love it and I won’t deny. If you want pri-

A TAG WATCH AC­TU­ALLY EM­BOD­IES WHAT I AM. IT’S STRAIGHT­FOR­WARD, RUGGED AND STYLISH. YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE IT FROM FOR­MAL TO IN­FOR­MAL. IT’S A WATCH, IT TELLS YOU THE TIME AND THAT’S IT

vacy, you lock the door and you’re pri­vate. It’s the eas­i­est thing to do. I don’t know why peo­ple say “I miss go­ing to the beach.” I don’t. I miss go­ing to a beach, I buy one.

I speak my mind, which comes across as ar­ro­gant. But to be or­di­nary is fan­tas­tic. Time starts when I reach some place. Time starts when I am there, no time ex­ists be­fore that or af­ter that. If you are not in some.

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