Russian Officials and Their Modest Watch Collection
This was originally going to be one of those ‘Presidents Watches’ articles. But then we’ve done some researching and browsing through hundreds and hundreds of pics with Barack Obama and his… well, disgusting Jorg Gray, as well as many other European and American leaders and their very poor and conservative choice of wristwear. So we decided to give up on that idea as we didn’t want to bore you to death. And just as we thought ‘this is it…’ the Russians came along and saved the day!
Can’t really say we were surprised when we saw Putin and his Patek or Blancpain. We’ve all heard the rumors about how much money he makes and how many gifts he obviously gets.
However we didn’t expect government officials under president Putin to be wearing watches twice or even four times more expensive than ones he’s usually seen in.
Anton Siluanov – Minister of Finance
Now most of the ministers and officials tend to wear suits to work in Russia. And they do a good job of choosing appropriate wristwear to go along. Minister of Finance watch of choice is the Breguet Classique Power Reserve, priced at around $35’000
Vladimir Yakunin – President of Railway Association
While some of you could consider this A. Lange & Sohne, Lange 1 Tourbillon a bribe or a gift to the government official (priced at $180’000) we can’t ignore the fact that Mr. Yakunin’s salary is officially at $100’000 a month. He could have easily saved up on breakfasts for a couple of months..
President of the Chechen Rupublic is also the winner of our ‘Sickest Watch Alert!’ award in this post. The man casually matches his Greubel Forsey blue dial to the shirt. Yes, that’s one of only 33 pieces made by GF, priced at $500’000. That Franck Muller tourbillon isn’t too shabby either!
Sergey Lavrov – Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Lavrov has been the second most popular man after Putin in Russia for the past couple of years. No surprise he went for the same brand as the President. Safe and diplomatic choice on his behalf.
Dmitry Peskov – Press Secretary for Vladimir Putin
While we’ve shown a few gents from Russia with nice watches, Mr. Peskov really takes the cake. Not only does he have the guts to wear a Richard Mille RM52 to his wedding that millions of people will see, but he’s also gardening in his RM035. Rafa Nadal would be proud.
Dmitry Medvedev – The Hipster (aka Prime Minister)
We love Medvedev. He’s both educated in mechanical wristwear and technically advanced. He’s the only man on Earth we’ve seen rocking a Jaquet Droz, an HD3 Slyde and a G-Shock!
Photography sourced from the web.