The Cambodian Prime Minister wants to ensure that the world leaders he is hosting this week have a very good time.
Hun Sen has decided to offer locally made luxury watches to attendees of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. US President Joe Biden is among the leaders of the summit currently underway in the capital Phnom Penh, as reported Reuters.
The move is not exactly out of place for the prime minister. Hun Sen, who ruled Cambodia since 1985, has a reputation for collecting premium wrist candy. In fact, he’s come under public scrutiny in recent years for wearing a million dollars watches by people like Patek-Philippe and Richard Mille while much of the country struggles with poverty.
The limited edition it offers to world leaders at least shows the know-how of Cambodian watchmakers. “These watches were prepared and assembled by pure Cambodian technicians, which is part of Cambodia’s science and technology and developments,” Hun Sen wrote on his official facebook page.
The photos, which were also shared via Facebook, show the watch has an elegant gold dial with matching metallic hands and markers. The transparent back, meanwhile, features a tourbillon movement with 25 jewels.
The brown leather strap is adorned with the words “ASEAN Cambodia 2022” and “Made in Cambodia”, while the case is inscribed with the words “Limited Series 25 Pieces” and “Prince Horology”. The Cambodian watchmaker is part of the Prince Group owned by Chinese-Cambodian tycoon Chen Zhi, according to Reuters.
Although the price of the watch has not been made public, the tourbillons are synonymous with high quality watchmaking. Sophisticated mechanisms require a high level of skill to execute and can therefore push watches into six-figure territory. The Prime Minister’s Office did not respond to Robb Reportrequests for more details on the watches.
Whether or not you agree that world leaders should receive such a lavish keepsake, there’s no denying that this is a fine watch.