In the News: Thaksin Shinawatra, Deposed Prime Minister and Watch Collector

By Su Jia Xian

Long reputed to be a watch collector, Thaksin Shinawatra is profiled in this weekend’s Financial Times, sporting a “top-of-the-range Patek Philippe watch”. A casual sampling of public photos reveals an impressive variety of watches on the exiled former Prime Minister of Thailand.


Thaksin with the Cartier Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat. Credit: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg


In this weekend’s “Lunch with the FT” in the Financial Times, Thaksin Shinawatra is described as being “visibly pleased with his newly acquired top-of-the-range Patek Philippe watch” during the lunch interview in Singapore. FT correspondent Michael Peel helpfully tweeted a photo of Thaksin during the session, revealing what might be a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon ref. 6002G – unsurprising given Thaksin reputation as an accomplished watch collector.

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