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SWISS WATCHES AND DIPLOMACY

Post by koimaster » June 23rd 2021, 11:05am

While the Swiss are certainly known for diplomacy, what about Swiss watchmakers and their diplomatic efforts? For a very long time, even going back to the time of the Ottoman Empire, timepieces have been used in diplomacy, given as gifts between different rulers. Some of these stories are even quite unorthodox.

One recent example of a watch being used for diplomatic purposes is Prime Minister David Cameron receiving a Shinola as a gift from President Barack Obama in 2016. This was during a trip to the United Kingdom towards the end of both Obama and Cameron’s terms in office. Obama presented Cameron with a customized Shinola that had the Presidential Seal on the back of the watch and on the watch box. Obama also kept his own Shinola to match.

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