A Conversation With… Diane Kruger

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Diane Kruger is known around the world for her breathtaking beauty, daring sense of fashion, and impeccable acting skills. For the past six years, she has been the brand ambassador for luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre. We spoke to the beautiful actress about her favorite timepieces from the renowned brand, her fashion tips, beauty secrets, and how she spends her free time outside of the world of film.

Six years with Jaeger-LeCoultre. Tell us about it?
I know the brand well as my mother gave me a ‘Reverso’ watch for my 18th birthday. I still wear it; it’s very special to me. Then in 2007, I had a movie at the Venice Film Festival and I needed a special piece of jewelry to go with my dress. I saw the Jaeger-LeCoultre diamond ‘101’ watch and just absolutely fell in love with it. So my relationship with Jaeger-LeCoultre has been very organic. I truly love their watches, as they are timeless and elegant. I also like how much Jaeger-LeCoultre is a ‘family’ – I admire the pride and love everybody has for the brand. The watches are just truly stunning, and it’s a privilege to be able to wear them.

How would you describe Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ladies collection?
I like that they are understated and classy. They are just beautiful objects. I don’t wear much jewelry and I prefer wearing one of their watches over any bracelet. Right now, I wear my rose-gold ‘Rendez-Vous’ for day and my diamond ‘101’ for night.

The latest Jaeger-LeCoultre film you star in is based on the concept of reinvention. Building a parallel to your personal life, what would you say were the biggest moments when you reinvented yourself? What do you think drives you to this?
I still believe that everything is possible in life and that, if I put my heart and soul into something, I can achieve anything. I like the idea that our lives are constantly evolving and changing and nothing is ever set in stone. I dare to dream and thrive to reach the stars.

What do you love most about the world of cinema?
I love movies. I love watching films that inspire, or that I learn something from, or just movies that transport you to another world and in which you live in someone else’s imagination for a while. That is the gift of moviemaking, and I love being a part of that.

What inspires you in fashion?
The possibility to be a different woman each day, and the idea of being able to express my mood on the outside.

What is your beauty secret?
The great outdoors. I love biking, hiking, walking, and dancing to my Nintendo Wii games.

You are a fashion icon. How would you describe your style? What are your biggest and most marked characteristics? How do they relate to Jaeger-LeCoultre?
I think the word ‘icon’ is overused. I don’t follow trends, but I think fashion is a wonderful art form. For me, everything is in the details and craftsmanship, and that’s where Jaeger-LeCoultre and I see eye to eye. I appreciate their understatement and commitment to quality.

What are you top style tips?
Always be yourself. Don’t follow ‘fashion’, but dress to your mood and personality. Don’t be scared!

What is the one fashion item that you absolutely cannot live without?
A good pair of jeans and a comfy pair of flats.

What does every woman need to have in her closet?
Same as above, plus a great pair of black heels and a dress that can go from day to night.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given in life?
Live every day as if it’s your last.

When not working on a movie, describe a typical day.
I go to the market to buy fresh products, then hang out with my cat while cooking dinner for friends. Then I spend the night talking about making the world a better place.

What role does time play in your life?
As for most people, time is important to me. Sometimes I wish I had more hours in the day or year. The older you get, the faster time seems to pass, but sometimes I forget to wind up my Jaeger-LeCoultre watch and I blissfully enjoy and live that very minute as long as I want.

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