In an interesting Facebook post, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen wrote that he will be presenting the leaders in the upcoming ASEAN Leaders Summit with a Made in Cambodia Tourbillon.
Breaking News: The ASEAN leaders’ Made in Cambodia Tourbillon
The Cambodian Prime Minister is known to be a watch collector, and have appeared under fire for wearing his high end timepieces. He has been spotted wearing the Patek Philippe 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon, Richard Mille RM 57-03 Tourbillon Sapphire Dragon according to this article on Vice.
The release was also reported on Cambodia’s only English news channel.
Still it was with a bit of a surprise when we read about his intent to gift the leaders attending the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia scheduled for later this week, from November 10 to 13.
The photographs released on his Facebook post showed a very beautiful watch. The dial side is very simple, with a champange gold dial with Dauphine hands, and dagger applique markers. The watch features a sunken subsidiary seconds hand with the engraving of what looks like the Cambodian national flower Romduol.
Flip the case over, and the watch looks top haute horlogerie material. The movement looks like maillechort and features Poinçon de Genève (Phnom Penh stripes?), with an artistically laid out set of bridges. The bridges feature some nice sharp outward and inward angles, and have anglage applied.
And the pièce de résistance is the tourbillon.
The bridge is magnificently done. Flat bridges with anglage and nicely polished. The tourbillon cage itself is a rather traditional design, but looks very beautifully finished.
The watch looks worthy of a Swiss or German high end manufacture label, but as the Prime Minister declared, the watch is made in Cambodia, which makes it even more impressive. Cambodia is not particularly known for horology, though we can imagine some of its citizens may be working as watchmakers in the various Swiss or German maisons.
Photo Note: All photographs of the watch are lifted from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Official Facebook page.