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Arnold Schwarzenegger
September 6, 2010 Personalities

Watches with political weight

Most political leaders manage their time using a prestigious watch on their wrist. Several of them have chosen the Audemars Piguet brand.


Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, nicknamed the “Iron Lady” during her ten years in office, regularly wore a golden Lady Royal Oak on her wrist.

But in some cases the fascination that politicians have for luxury watches has led to a true collaboration. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a collector of exclusive watches, has accompanied the Audemars Piguet brand since 1998, even before he became governor of California. Following a meeting organized at the company headquarters in Switzerland, Audemars Piguet introduced a commemorative watch in honor of the film “End of Days”, in which the actor starred. Other limited edition watches followed, including the Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger Chronograph in 2003, the year he was elected governor. This longstanding partnership has also raised millions of dollars for the “After School All-Stars” Foundation that Schwarzenegger created in 1993 to provide after-school programs for underprivileged children.

Bill Clinton is also an admirer of the brand. In 2007, Audemars Piguet and the 42nd President of the United States launched a charitable partnership to support the Clinton Foundation, dedicated to environmental projects. The Clinton Equation of Time collection, in limited edition, offers various complications including the equation of time, indication of sunset and sunrise, perpetual calendar and phases of the moon ("astronomical moon"). The Presidential Seal is engraved on the back and “The White House” is inscribed on the graduated ring of each watch.