Unless you spent the last few weeks alone in some North-Pole cave, with no access to the world, you probably know already that France has a new President by the name of Emmanuel Macron. We don’t deal with politics here, but as a watch magazine, the question of what type of watch Mister Macron wears quickly arose. Knowing the Frenchies and their usual “no external signs of wealth” policy, it has been quite difficult… but we persisted and have discovered what can be, sometimes at least, seen on the wrist of Emmanuel Macron.
Although seeing a President or a major politician wearing a luxury watch with a 10k+ price tag is a not an issue in many countries, such accessories on the wrist of a French public figure, and especially on the President’s wrist, is just impossible – previous President, Nicolas Sarkozy, attracted the wrath of his opponents and a few journalists because of his Rolex Daytona and his Patek perpetual calendar (a 3940g, given to him by his wife). It is part of French people’s relation to luxury and wealth – and as a French citizen, I know what I’m talking about.
Because of that, since he started his campaign for the Presidential election roughly a year ago, it has been impossible to find a single photo or interview of Emmanuel Macron with a watch strapped around his wrist – as we say, prevention is better than cure. However, knowing the previous position of Mister Macron as an investment banker and M&A specialist, it seemed quite unthinkable that there was not a single luxury watch in his possession.
Looking back at the archives, before 2016, there are some images of new French President Emmanuel Macron, at that time Minister of Economy, wearing a rectangular watch on leather strap, which appears to be an elegant Cartier Tank with small seconds – as has been reported in several French magazines.
EDIT: following a comment from one of our readers, it appears that the watch in question is not a Cartier Tank but a Longines Dolce Vita, a watch extremely close in design to the Cartier, but powered by a Quartz movement. Nothing fancy, with no reason to hide it during the campaign.