It’s worth remembering that a wrist-watch does much more than telling the time. Like the clothes you wear, your watch advertises your style and business philosophy.
Do you want to be flashy in the boardroom or confident? Are you a bigmouth or gently assured? For many, how you appear and present yourself says a lot about who you are. That might not be fair, but it’s true. At least there are hints about you in what you wear.
Besides all the responsibilities these powerful men of the world have to abide to, their craze for watch goes overlooked.
Let us dig a little deep and find out the favourite watches of these powerful men of the world.
Prince William – Watch: Omega Seamaster Professional 300m
Belonging to the royal family of United Kingdom, William and his family has a lineage watch collection. Queen Elizabeth II attains a flashy Patek Philippe with a pearl bracelet; his brother switches between a Breitling Aerospace and a Rolex Explorer II. Prince William holds a sentimental value to the watch he wears, the Omega Seamaster professional 300m which was gifted to the duke by his late mother princess Diana.
Barack Obama – Watch: Shinola Runwell Sport Chrono
Assembled in Detroit, Shinola is pitching itself as a brand in sync with the resurrection of the American manufacturing industry. The American president Barack Obama not only owns one but also gifts them to other world leaders.
Dmitry Medvedev – Watch: Franck Muller Montre Cintrex 5850 Q24
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, has a few horological heroes of his own. In an interview with a Parisian magazine a few years ago, Medvedev acknowledged of owning over 25 Mullers and is a fan of the Genevan watchmaker as Elton John.
François Hollande – Watch: Swatch Quarterman
The French president Francois Hollande wears a strictly utilitarian, barebones $150 Swatch Quarterman. Hollande worries about the man who refuses to wear a watch because he believes “gentlemen don’t wear jewellery”. A wrist is a terrible thing to waste.
Dalai Lama – Watch: Patek Philippe Ref 658
The leader of the Buddhist dynasty has a taste of its own in terms of watches. The Ref 658 pocket watch, along with a personal letter from Franklin D Roosevelt, was gifted to him in 1943, when he was 8, by two American intelligence agents (one of whom was the grandson of Leo Tolstoy) who were deputed to secure his permission to build a road from India to China through Tibet. He regularly services it himself (it had to be sent to Switzerland for repairs only once) and carries it even today.
The Dalai Lama also owns a Rolex Day-Date and a two-tone Rolex Datejust with a Jubilee bracelet.
Justin Trudeau – Watch: IWC Portugieser Regulateur Ref IW544401
Justin Trudeau has a charm of its own and a massive amount of people who admire the charismatic Canadian Prime Minister. Trudeau wears a punchy IWC watch on his wrist. Grippingly, it was Justin’s father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who famously coined the term: “Just watch me.”