Politics aside, what do Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have in common? We can only imagine the pressure these world leaders are under when it comes to tackling timely matters like world peace, or more recently, keeping a global pandemic under control.
When it comes to keeping up with their day, both Trump and Putin rely on their luxury watches. Here, we take a look at a handful of world leaders and what watch they wear to keep our world ticking.
Like many US presidents before him, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump is a fan of Rolex. The Swiss watchmaker’s Day-Date was famously dubbed the President’s Watch when US President Lyndon B Johnson first wore one in 1965.
Trump was already wearing the President’s Watch before he took office. Other watches he owns include the Patek Philippe Ellipse and a Vacheron Constantin Historiques 1968.
No stranger to luxury watches, the Russian president’s collection includes heavyweight names such as Patek Philippe, IWC and A. Lange & Söhne, just to name a few. A watch he wears regularly is the Blancpain Grande Date Aqua Lung, a modest reference with a date function.
Among the most expensive pieces he owns is the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Mérite”, a limited edition reportedly worth US$480,000.
Switzerland’s ban on luxury watch export to North Korean since 2016 has made it impossible for its supreme leader to waltz into a watch retailer in downtown Pyongyang to pick up the latest Rolex or Patek. But that hasn’t stopped Kim Jong-un from acquiring luxury timepieces.
Kim seems to prefer small, thin watches, with commentators wondering whether he wears women’s references.
His watch box includes a quartz gold Movado Museum watch and a gold IWC Portugieser.
Who knew Justin Trudeau and Kim Jong-un had the same love for IWC? The Canadian prime minister wears his IWC Regulateur everywhere from state visits to holding babies on the campaign trail.
We didn’t expect the world’s foremost spiritual leader, who dresses in traditional Tibetan monk attire, to have a thing for luxury watches.
He, however, might own one of the most expensive timepieces compared to anyone else on this list. Instead of a wristwatch, the Dalai Lama is never without his Patek Philippe pocket watch. A gift from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1943, the yellow gold piece, Ref. 658, is a grand complication featuring a perpetual calendar, minute repeater and a split-seconds chronograph.
An example of this reference auctioned for HK$1.368 million (US$176,500) at Phillips in 2018.
Clean cut and classic are not words we would use to describe Bojo’s hairstyle, but the UK prime minister’s watch of choice is exactly that. He wears a slender Patek Philippe Calatrava in yellow gold with a black leather strap.
Note: This story was originally published on SCMP and has been republished on this website.