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Spot the Watch: Taro Aso, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

by Peter Chong on November 14, 2017

We spotted Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Taro Aso at the 20th ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting on the sidelines of the 50th Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting in Yokohama, Japan wearing a Breguet.

When he was the sitting Prime Minister (24 September 2008 – 16 September 2009), he was seen to be dining-out in restaurants and bars in luxury hotels almost nightly. When asked about it, Aso stated, “I won’t change my style. Luckily I have my money and can afford it.” Aso added that if he went anywhere else, he would have to be accompanied by security guards which would cause trouble. Apparently, his taste in watches is equally high end.

 

Taro Aso, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, attends a news conference following the 20th ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting on the sidelines of the 50th Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday, May 5, 2017. On his wrist a Breguet. Photo (C): Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

 

Coming from a long line of politicians and business, he is a wealthy man. Tarō Asō’s father, Takakichi Asō, was the chairman of the Aso Cement Company and a close associate of Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. His mother, Kazuko Asō was the daughter of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida. Tarō is also a great-great-grandson of Ōkubo Toshimichi, His wife, Chikako is the third daughter of Prime Minister Zenkō Suzuki. His younger sister, Nobuko, Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, is a cousin-in-law of Emperor Akihito.

 

A close up of the wrist.

 

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And the watch he wore to the meeting in May, 2017? A Breguet Ref. 5920. Certainly an elegant choice for a man who is wealthy, powerful and well dressed in the classical sense. The case is in 35mm diameter and in yellow gold, and is a very traditional 3 hand with date watch sporting an automatic movement.

 

Breguet Ref. 5920 was seen on the wrist of Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in May 2017.

 

Aso has also been seen wearing other haute horlogerie watches. In the photograph below, he is wearing  Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso in pink gold strapped to his wrist. More specifically the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface.

 

Taro Aso, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, attending  the G7 Symposium: Future of the Global Economy on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G-7) finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Sendai, Japan, on Friday, May 20, 2016. On his wrist a pink gold Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso.  Photo (C): Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

 

Close up of the watch on his wrist.

 

Close up of the Reverso on the wrist.

 

The Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface.

 

The Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface. Picture (C) Tonneau

 

This concludes this episode of Spot the Watch.

Editor’s note: The watches were spotted and identified by our resident Watch Spotter: Nick Gould.

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