How Obama tells what time it is

Pity the politicians who have to make the big decisions. We don’t mean whether or not to go to war, or the rights and wrongs of a universal health service, but the really important calls, like what suit to buy and what watch to wear.

President Obama, the man in charge of the richest nation on Earth, dresses faultlessly, but modestly. He’s probably right to believe his electorate would disapprove of any conspicuous displays of wealth or flamboyance. To this end he sports a steel Jorg Grey 6500 chronograph with a Japanese quartz movement, and has done since he wore it for his inauguration in January last year, having been given it as a present by one of his secret service bodyguards.

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The Jorg Grey brand, which has existed since 1998 but until recently only produced private label watches for other brands, has made an individually-numbered commemorative version of the 6500 that marks the day when Obama’s inauguration changed the world. The publicity shot clearly aims to twang the heartstrings of men who admire America. £260, www.thewatchdepartment.co.uk