From a $US100 ($140) Swatch worn by one of Europe’s central bank chiefs, to the Wall Street titan sporting a $US20,000 Rolex, these are the watches worn by the most powerful people in business and finance.
Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays
Staley, in position since 2015, is a rare breed in banking, an American boss at a British bank. He has been credited with pushing the bank to be more focused on its investment banking division.
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 111 — $US4600
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 111 — $US4600. Crown and Calibre
Crown & Calibre’s watch experts identified Staley’s watch as being made by Panerai, an Italian watchmaker known for manufacturing watches used by Italian military divers during the Second World War.
A similar model to the Barclays CEO’s watch is available for around $US4600.
Jeff Bezos, chairman and CEO of Amazon
Bezos, the world’s richest man, founded Amazon in 1994, and has overseen its growth into a behemoth in retail, cloud computing, content, and more.
Ulysse Nardin GMT Big Date — $US3200
Ulysse Nardin GMT Big Date — $US3200. Crown and Calibre
Bezos has been photographed frequently wearing a Ulysse Nardin watch. This model appears to be the GMT Big Date.
It retails for $US7700 new but can be purchased pre-owned on Crown & Calibre for $US3200.
Ginni Rometty, chairman and CEO of IBM
Rometty is the first woman to head up IBM, having spent more than 35 years with the company. She started as a systems engineer in 1981, becoming CEO in 2012.
Rolex Cellini Cellissima — $US10,400
Rolex Cellini Cellissima — $US10,400. Crown and Calibre
According to Crown & Calibre, Rometty wears a Rolex Cellini Cellissima, encrusted with diamonds around its bezel, and featuring a mother of pearl face.
A pre-owned version can be bought for $US10,400.
Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo
Nooyi blazed a trail as one of the world’s most prominent female executives, leading PepsiCo for more than 15 years. In 2014, she was named the world’s 13th most powerful woman by Forbes.
She stood down as Pepsi boss in October 2018, but now serves on the board of Amazon as a director.
Cartier Tank Francaise — $US2600
Cartier Tank Francaise — $US2600. Crown and Calibre
Nooyi’s watch is, in the grand scheme of expensive watches, pretty low key. She wears a Cartier Tank Francaise, which is currently available from Crown and Calibre for around $US2600.
Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank
Arguably more powerful than any CEO, Mario Draghi is the president of the European Central Bank, and is widely credited as having literally saved the euro’s existence during the Eurozone debt crisis.
Prior to working at the ECB, Draghi worked for the Bank of Italy and Goldman Sachs. He will step down as ECB chief this year.
Longines Flagship Heritage — $US3500
Longines Flagship Heritage — $US3500. Crown and Calibre
In the picture above, Draghi wears a Longines Flagship Heritage, according to the experts at Crown and Calibre.
The watch pictured here is a similar model, the Longines Conquest, available for roughly $US3500 pre-owned.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
With a market cap of close to $US1 trillion, Apple is the world’s most valuable company. And the man at the helm of it all is Tim Cook.
He assumed the position as CEO in 2011. Before that, Cook was the chief operating officer.
Apple Watch — from $US399
Apple CEO Tim Cook wears the Apple Watch. Reuters
He kind of has to, but Cook wears an Apple Watch, and is rarely seen in public without it.
Apple’s most recent incarnation of the Watch, the Series 4, includes new features like an ECG monitor, and the ability to detect when the wearer has fall unconscious and call the emergency services.
Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England
Canada’s favourite son, Mark Carney heads up the UK’s central bank, the Bank of England. As governor, he holds one of the four most prestigious jobs in central banking.
Since the UK voted to leave the EU, Carney has been instrumental in planning to safeguard the country’s economy from any possible shocks related to Brexit.
Swatch Blue SFS103 — $US100
Swatch Blue SFS103 — $US100. Swatch
For a man who earns a report salary in excess of $US850,000 per year, Carney has surprisingly humble taste when it comes to watches. He is frequently seen wearing a Swatch, which retails for around $US100.
Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg
CEO of the company that bears his name, Michael Bloomberg was previously Mayor of New York City, and has frequently suggested that he could run for president one day.
Victorinox Swiss Army — $US100
Victorinox Swiss Army — $US100. Amazon
Like Bank of England Governor Carney, Bloomberg does not appear to favour an expensive watch. Crown and Calibre’s experts say he wears a watch by Victorinox, the company famous for producing Swiss Army knives. They retail for about $US100.
Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart
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