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The French actor, who left his home country for Russia following a proposed change in tax law, has partnered with watch manufacturer Cvstos

The French actor Gérard Depardieu has partnered with Swiss watch manufacturer Cvstos to launch a line of new timepieces under the banner "Proud to be Russian".

A post on the Cvstos Facebook page from earlier this month shows Depardieu – also sporting a pair of fetching leopard-print glasses – dressed in the new Challenge Jetliner watch, which features Russia's national crest of a double-headed eagle picked out in red gold. The new watches cost up to $30,000 (£18,000).

Depardieu's pride stems from the fact he was allowed to become a Russian citizen early last year, with his new passport delivered to him personally by Vladimir Putin. He bought a property in Mordovia region, saying after registering the flat, "this region doesn't have oil or gas but has rich people who »

- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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