Spot the Watch: IMF’s Christine Lagarde: Patek Philippe and Bulgari

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Christine Lagarde, Managing Director and Chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was named by Forbes in 2017 as Number 8 on their World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list. In this Spot the Watch episode we identify two of her watches which she is frequently spotted. A Patek Philippe and a Bulgari. 

Powerful women. Interesting subject. And here we have one who is as elegant as she is powerful. Always dressed with a sense of style and with a preference for well cut, well designed clothes and accessories, she is the subject of many a fashion critic as she is of her policies as chief of the IMF.

If the subject was a powerful man, the issue of his dressing will usually not crop up in news reports during important meetings. Unless he dresses inappropriately. But as a woman, Christine Lagarde’s dress sense is scrutinized. She is often criticized for being too posh and up-market, with her Chanel tweed suits, and Hermes handbags. She even made Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List of Sept 2011.

Here we spot her with two watches.


Patek Philippe Twenty Four



In the photograph above, taken at the handover ceremony at the Economy Ministry of France to head the IMF on 30 June 2011, she is seen with a Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Ref. 4910/10A. The watch is in SS with two rows of diamond and powered by a quartz movement.


The Patek Philippe Twenty-4 in SS is clearly visible on her wrist.



Patek Philippe Ref. 4910/10A – TWENTY~4


Bulgari Assioma

And here in a photograph appearing on Smith College website on 24 February 2014, she is seen with her Bulgari.



A closeup identifies the Bulgari Assioma in white gold with two rows of diamonds. The watch is powered by a quartz movement.



She is often seen in photographs wearing this Bulgari.


Oct. 8, 2015, file photo, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde answers a question during a news conference, in Lima, Peru. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)



It appears she prefers white metal, as both watches are stainless steel, and have constant width bracelets, with small rows of diamonds. As a practical modern woman, she chooses quartz movements.

This concludes this episode of Spot the Watch.





  1. This powerful and accomplished woman makes elegant choices with her timepieces. Those “mechanical watch snobs” who can’t see that are simply “blind guides”!

  2. As a practical modern woman she prefers quartz?!!!!!
    It’s 2018 for gods sake. What she can’t wind or move her arms due to her modern femininity?
    Too much time out of the day?
    You can’t make these comments anymore. You’re not Don Draper