The star of The Mauritanian says that partnering with the luxury brand has made him “feel like people are telling you, ‘Welcome!’”
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The watch world has been buzzing this past week as news of long-awaited new women’s and men’s watch releases finally arrived. And in the melée, French Luxury Fashion House Louis Vuitton commemorated almost two decades in the watch business with the official launch of their newest Tambour model: The Street Diver.
The watch, like all iterations of the Tambour family, is carved out of a single piece of metal and replicates the shape of a drum—slightly larger on bottom than the top. But this is the first with dive technicalities like deep water resistance, Super-LumiNova-coated dial elements (making it easy to see underwater and in the dark), interchangeable straps, and an inner rotating bezel. The Golden Globes in February featured a sneak peek of the watch as modeled by French actor Tahar Rahim, who was nominated that night for his role in The Mauritanian.
Also nominated for a BAFTA for his role as Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Rahim spoke with us as he was in the midst of his third lockdown in Paris. “It’s getting heavy,” the 39-year-old actor said. “I just want to go out and have a coffee…and spend time with my friends!” But, when he speaks about his involvement with the watch—and the happy circumstance that both he and the brand have origins in the east of France—the frustration lifts from his voice. “It’s cool what they do in terms of watches,” he says, “I like watches. I’m not a crazy collector, but I like this one…it could be for city wear or a bit more sporty, if i can say. So you can wear it with a tracksuit or a suit.”
And what does it mean to Rahim to have formalized his relationship with a brand like Louis Vuitton. “It feels good, it brings you more self confidence, it feels like people are telling you ‘Welcome!’” he said. “And deep inside of myself I feel good because I’m like ‘OK, I picked the right choices.’”ADVERTISEMENT
Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Street Diver is now available for purchase.