Does Time, In Fact, Equal Money?

Ever come across something so brilliant you wish you had thought of it yourself? Well that’s what Seth Hettena has just put together, via sourcing from Vedomosti: an aggregation of the preferred timepieces worn by high-level Russian officialdom as a possible proxy for corruption. There are several questions raised from this little survey, not the least of which is: to those of you contending that Igor Sechin is the real master string-puller, I ask you, have you considered Moscow’s Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin? More importantly, could any of these men hold it together under the mind-bending microscope of Vesper Lynd?

A partial list of who prefers which wristwatch:

Vladimir Putin: Blancpain, Leman Aqualung Grande Date, $10,500

Dmitry Medvedev: Breguet, Classique Moon Phase, $32,200

Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen President: Bovet, white gold Fleurier Minute Repeater with Reversed Hand Fitting in 18K, $300,000.

Andrei Kostin, VTB Bank President: Patek Philippe, Sky Moon, $240,800


Aleksei Ulyukayev, Central Bank first deputy chairman: Patek Philippe, Chronograph Annual Calendar ref.5960, $78,800

Sergey Naryshkin, head of the Presidential Administration: Patek Philippe, Annual Calendar ref.5146, $29,700.

Aleksei Kudrin, Finance Minister: Breguet, Classique Automatic ref. 5140, $14,900

German Gref, Sberbank: Breguet, Classique Extra-Flat, ref.5157, $14,200

Aleksei Miller, Gazprom Chairman: Breguet, Classique Grande Complication Tourbillon, $112,100.


Dmitry Kozak, Vice Prime Minister: Ulysse Nardin, Maxi Marine Chronometer, $15.900

Anatoly Chubais, head of RosNanotechnologies: Ulysse Nardin, GMT +/- Big Date, $16,000.

Vladimir Resin, Deputy Moscow Mayor: DeWitt, La Pressy Grande Complication, CHF 1,044,800; also likes GreubelForsey Double Tourbillon 30°, $360,000 (white gold) or $425,000 (platinum).

Vladimir Artyakov, Samara Governor: Ulysse Nardin, Quadrato Dual Time Perpetual Calendar, $22,800; also likes the DeWitt, Academia Tourbillon Differentiel rose gold, $225,000.

Igor Sechin, Deputy Prime Minister, Girard-Perregaux, Laureato Chronographe (Monte-Carlo 1984), $15,100