Watches catch Russian eyes in review of the year

First published: 29-12-2009

Weird news in Russia is pretty easy to get hold of, with even the Moscow Times commenting on the cavalcade of strange stories that have paraded around the huge nation - including that of Vladimir Putin's watch.

The capital's newspaper remembered how a worker at a metals factory in the town of Tula was given Putin's $9,000 (£5,000) Blancpain watch after the prime minister was asked for a gift to be remembered by.

Putin's generosity, however, was perhaps usurped by the situation which caused several blushes for the Kremlin, when it was concluded that the leader had a private viewing of Abba tribute Bjorn Again and their song Money, Money, Money.

The Moscow Times continued: "The Kremlin denied that Putin had been in attendance, as did the man or woman or perhaps even bureaucrat who initially confirmed the story and then rang up the Moscow Times the next day to deny having said anything about the concert."

"You did, though, didn't you?"

Russian online magazine Pravda once detailed the costliest of watches owned by world leaders, noting that Putin's £40,000 Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar paled in comparison to the £350,000 Constantin Vacheron owned by Silvio Berlusconi.

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