There are a few shots of Hillary Clinton wearing a rectangular watch that I can’t quite identify, though it appears to be a Japanese watch according to several members of the aBlogtoWatch team. And to close out the Hillary Clinton discussion comes an interesting piece of US-Anglo ephemera having to do with Simon Burns, a member of Parliament in Britain. Apparently Burns is a huge fan of Clinton and claims to have a watch with her face on it of which there is sadly no picture, of but you can watch him talk about it here.
And now it’s time to move on to Trump. I’d be remiss to not start with the Republican Party debate during the primaries back in February when “Little” Marco Rubio said “If he hadn’t inherited $200 million you know where Donald Trump might be right now? Selling watches in Manhattan.” Rubio then proceeded to “sell” an image of a (possibly fake) broken Rolex Datejust on their website but that just meant donating $10 to the Rubio campaign. I guess they did not sell enough of these since three weeks later Trump beat Rubio in his home state of Florida by 29 points.
It’s funny, but Trump really is not often seen wearing a wristwatch. There are a couple of photos floating around of Trump wearing what appears to be a Rolex Day-Date and a watch I can’t for the life of me make out but that appears to maybe be a Patek Philippe Ellipse ref. 3760 with a gold cuff bracelet. Interestingly, given the questions about donations and charity surrounding Trump, he donated a Universal Genève Senna ref. 198.310 watch in 18k gold. Apparently it was auctioned for $6,000 back in 1999. Honestly, it’s not the most exciting or “Trumpy” watch out there.
Back in 2009, when Trump was demonstrating his leadership skills on the Celebrity Apprentice, he was gifted a watch by a Midtown Manhattan-based brand called Azad. You can take a look at their website and check out some of the pieces they create, but Trump received the Azad Power Tourbillon watch which retails for $9,950 – because I guess nobody can stop them from doing that. It is limited to 30 pieces, but considering the watch is still featured on their site, I suppose they have not sold out of units in the 7 years since that Celebrity Apprentice finale.
No conversation about Donald Trump and wristwatches can be complete without discussing the horological atrocities created when the Donald J Trump Signature Collection was released in 2005. These were a series of watches that essentially knocked off the design of iconic luxury watches like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Monaco.
For whatever reason, these watches barely lasted a year in production but you can find them online if you scour enough. Alongside Trump steaks, ties, and whatever else he stamped his name on, the Donald J Trump Signature Collection watches had the elegance and cool factor that may just not resonate with a lot of watch people. Personally, I think someone may buy one thinking they will feel like a mogul but end up feeling like an unemployed Patrick Bateman. Now, that being said, I am very, very tempted to get one of these for a few wrist shots… more on that if I ever decide to…
And there you have it. With just a little under two weeks left in the 2016 Presidential Election, it won’t be soon enough for it to be over. Let’s see if whoever wins decides to wear a watch to celebrate their victory, you know I’ll be keeping an eye out.