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This is a publicity stunt. Putin wears a $60,000 swiss watch. He probably picked up this trinket at the airport so he could give it away on camera:

http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/90/361/14979_watch.html

"Russian President Vladimir Putin wears most expensive watch among Russian politicians. The head of state wears a $60,000 Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar watch....."
I guess the Blancpain is only his toolwatch for rafting.:)

More seriously, I agree that this is only a publicity stunt (and it works, we are discussing his gesture here at Watchuseek). He made sure the cameras were there before handling over the Blancpain.

Cheers!

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More seriously, I agree that this is only a publicity stunt (and it works, we are discussing his gesture here at Watchuseek). He made sure the cameras were there before handling over the Blancpain.

Cheers!

Abbazz
Kudos to Blancpain - for $3,000 or $4,000 (their cost) they got $100,000 worth of advertising from all the media that picked up this story. (I'm sure they gave him this watch and told him to hand it over to the most sympathetic person he comes across - yes, I am cynical).

It's absurd, though - this watch model is one of the less-expensive Blancpains. Are we to believe that Putin walked into a Blancplain dealer and said - show me the cheapest watch you've got :) A guy who wears a $60,000 Patek Philippe ;-)
 

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That kid probably has never even heard of Blancpain before!! ;-)

Oh well, he can go back to his parents and show them what he acquired! :-d
 

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o|o|o|o| I can't believe it.Putin gave this Blancpain to this kid?
***** Christ is he "crazy"?:think: Soemeone can tell him that we are here in WUS and he can give us some of the watches.
I respect the President but this was something else man.:-s:-s:-s
 
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