President Uhuru Kenyatta got netizens talking after hawk-eyed Kenyans caught glimpses of his timepiece – an A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon.
He was spotted with the watch on Sunday, March 6 when he attended the Magical Kenya Open at Karen Country Club. He also wore it on Tuesday, March 8 when he announced a crackdown intended to tame the boda boda sector, stirring a buzz on social media.
The Perpetual Tourbillon was limited to a run of 100 pieces and costs an estimated $307,000 (Ksh34.9 million).
It isn’t new to the President’s collection as he was also pictured wearing it during Mashujaa Day celebrations in Mombasa county in 2019. Its key components include a perpetual calendar and tourbillon, as well as flyback chronograph with outsize date display and in-house caliber.
The case is made exclusively of platinum or 18-karat gold and ranges in size from 39 to 43.2 mm in diameter.
A. Lange & Söhne is a German luxury watch manufacturer known for their patented watch components and features.
For instance, one unique feature of the Datograph is the way in which the minute counter’s hand jumps exactly from one minute to the next so you can read exactly how many minutes have gone by when timing. Hands on the minute and hour counters are constantly moving on many chronographs.
The dial on the Datograph comes in black, gray, or silver and includes two or three subdials depending on the model. An outsize date sits at 12 o’clock. A tachymeter scale, used to measure speed over a certain distance, runs around the edge of the dial.
It isn’t the first time Uhuru has been spotted with an expensive watch. He is known for his love of luxury timepieces.
Other watches he has been previously pictured with include a Patek Phillipe Aquanut, Cartier Santos 100 Carbon, Rolex Oyster and an Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon.