“I think Venice and New York actually have that same capacity to make your
knees buckle slightly, you never quite forget it.” And the approach across the
water is always memorable: “It was late last night, and we came in down the
tiny back channels. The mist was down and everything looked like Death in
Venice. We were completely sucker-punched by it – really beautiful.”
Eddie in 'My Week With Marilyn'. Is this that watch?
The more you speak to him, the more you realise that Redmayne is quite
simply a romantic. His association with Omega, for example, is the indirect
result of the fact that his father wore one. “He had an Omega De Ville that
he’d been given. It was a very thin gold watch … and that was kind of
what I knew watches to be, and occasionally I’d borrow it.” Later he owned
his own Omega, and the firm then also lent him a timepiece; “I think
it was when I was doing My Week with Marilyn,” he remembers. Thus,
getting involved with the Swiss watchmaker was, he says, quite “organic”.
You’d think Redmayne was a skilled sailor from the advertising campaign – he sits
at the tiller of a large sailing yacht, looking every inch the captain of his ship.
“So, here’s the truth. I did sail dinghies when I was a kid.” But the Omega shoot was
something else: a team of about 30 people were making sure the boat was under
control, he says. “When the helicopter came in to take the photo, said team of people
ran underneath; I was on autopilot looking like I knew exactly what I was doing.
It was the greatest acting moment of my life!”