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Don’t wear your Suunto to the summit, Mr. Papandreou

by Michael Weare
3 November, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

George-Papandreou

As the Asian Wall Street Journal reports, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s hasty decision to call for a referendum on the Euro zone bailout package has caused adverse effects ranging from the fall of stock markets all over the world to fears of a global downturn.

The defense chief, top military leaders and 12 key officers have already been replaced following speculations of a planned coup.

Instead of getting better, the crisis in Greece has deteriorated after Papandreou proclaimed his proposal for a referendum which also came as a big shock to many Greeks, EU nations and the rest of the world.

If Greek voters decide against the pronouncements in the Brussels conference, observers believe that Greece would most likely leave the common currency.

Summoned to Cannes

George Papandreou Suunto watch

Just before the G20 Summit in Cannes, the Greek leader was required to fly to Cannes to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to ensure a positive vote in the referendum. It could not have been a comfortable meeting. It’s the EU equivalent of a naughty schoolboy going to see the headmaster.

Greece has been given a stern warning that it would not be granted the £6.9bn of bailout money if the Greek electorate rejects the EU bailout package. But in reality, Mr. Papandreou has about as much chance of getting an agreement in Greece on a referendum as he has in impressing Nicolas Sarkozy with his Suunto.

Turn back the clock (how I wish I could)

Close up of George Papandreou Suunto

Right about now George Papandreou must be wishing his inexpensive black Suunto digital watch could start to roll back the hours to a time when Greece was basking not only in Mediterranean sunshine but also in cheap EU loans, high rates of pay for government workers and the shortest hours of practically any EU country.

Hopefully he wore something a little more confidence inspiring than a low end Suunto, which, while useful on a hike, or timing a few laps of the pool, does not tell the world here is a man that can repay billions of Euros and bring some stability to the darkening Eurozone crisis.

Demos versus gravitas

Papandreou is calling a referendum because he sees it as the Greek way of doing things. Greece is after all, the birth place of democracy. However, while confronting EU leaders such as Sarkozy, a noted collector of luxury watches, he needs to be seen to be on an equal footing to give himself the necessary gravitas to pull off the nigh on impossible. And of many watches that could inspire confidence, a Suunto ain’t it.

Time to bring out the big guns

Here is a selection of watches Papandreou could consider wearing in the coming weeks to inspire confidence that there is a way back for Greece. Right now Greece is the whipping boy for everything that’s wrong about the Eurozone. With one of these puppies on his wrist Papandreou can acquire instant Sarkozy style charisma, panache and buying power.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionelle 2755 in platinum

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionelle 2755 in platinum

The Patrimony Traditionnelle “Calibre 2755” belongs to the super-complication category as a worthy heir of Vacheron Constantin’s 250th anniversary masterpiece and as the ultimate demonstration of its unequalled skills. Who cares if it drains the Greek economy of its remaining few coffers, it could be the watch that saves the day in Cannes. It probably reaches a pretty good sum in the pawnshop too.

Patek Philippe Platinum Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 5002

‘It is better to shoot for the stars and miss than aim at the gutter and hit it.’ And you can’t aim much higher than the Patek Philippe Platinum Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 5002. It’s over $1 million, but when you’re billions in debt, this could almost look like a bargain. This is one of the most famous names in the modern Patek Philippe watch catalogue. Rare, beautiful, and exotic even by Patek Philippe high standards. Definitely a great way to look cashed up in a crisis.

Ulysse Nardin Genghis Khan Minute Repeater

Ulysee Nardin Genghis Khan Minute Repeater

With this incredible watch Ulysse Nardin has blended the complex art of traditional mechanical watch making and the outstanding art of Haute Joaillerie into one extraordinary timepiece – The Genghis Khan Haute Joaillerie. Genghis Khan created the largest contiguous empire the world has ever known. Do you think he’d be intimidated at the sight of Sarkozy and Merkel hunched behind a desk in a Cannes Hotel nibbling on croissants? One chime from this beauty and they will know Papandreou is a man, who if nothing else, is wearing a watch of which only 30 pieces exist. Isn’t that how many pieces of silver they gaves to Judas?

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Discuss: Don’t wear your Suunto to the summit, Mr. Papandreou

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  1. jay

    I don’t know.

    I remember an article about a German CEO who photoshopped out the Rolex on his picture when the company instituted lay-offs.

    When the country is in such bad shape, displays interpreted as opulence might not be such a good idea. He needs an image of no-nonesense reliability.

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