For a big man with such a huge ego Donald Trump has very small hands. Not just on the end of his arms either – but on his watch dial also. The US President favours a rather dainty, feminised style of wristwatch, his most celebrated timepiece being an as-yet unidentified number with a girlie gold band and a dainty, wafer-slim case that he wears on the golf links at Mar-a-Lago. The marque isn’t significant here – maybe a Piaget, or could it be a ladies’ Seiko circa 1982? It’s more the way that the Donald chooses to wear it – clamped really tightly around his chubby wrist to an almost tourniqueted level of discomfort. It must numb his left hand something rotten, chafe on his skin and play minor havoc with his swing off the tee.
Still, the President does have other options in his oddly skewed, apparently randomly-acquired horological portfolio. The world’s most powerful man has been spotted rocking a Rolex Day-Date in yellow gold, a Patek Philippe Ellipse in yellow gold with a blue dial and integrated bracelet, and a Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1968 in pink gold. Trump gave away his own Universal Geneve Ayrton Senna chronograph, donating to Antiquorum’s Famous Faces Watch Auction back in 1999.
Occasionally he has been seen sporting an Azad Power Tourbillon in stainless steel (nope, us neither), which was a gift from the Azad online retailer to celebrate Trump’s work as host on the US version of The Apprentice in 2009. He also paid $7,000 for former President Ronald Reagan’s vintage Colibri wristwatch at a charity auction in 1999.
Fired up by his prestigious acquisition, six years later Trump had a ham-fisted, down market attempt at borrowing the elegant stylings of such classics as the Heuer Monaco and the Rolex Daytona for his own line of ‘Donald J. Trump Signature Collection’ branded watches. “Time is money so the watch you wear matters,” said the Donald-endorsed blurb that accompanied the product. “Using only the highest quality materials, these watches are solid, great-looking and above all, accurate, designed to be on the money every time.” Classy, right?
Unfortunately (and perhaps more accurately) the watches – on sale at Macy’s department store in New York – were actually more like the sort of brassy tat you might win yourself at a fairground, and the low quality of materials used meant that they were also prone to tarnishing.
This meant that the venture failed within a year and, discounting the odd small town pawn shop or occasional garage sale, Trump watches are no longer available. We’re weeping too…