What is it about a man and his watch?

Treasury CS Henry Rotich and PS Kamau Thugge in court on July 13, 2019.
Treasury CS Henry Rotich and PS Kamau Thugge in court on July 13, 2019.

If you’ve been following, the online furore about two powerful Kenyan men and their watches has reached its peak. To put it better, social and traditional media are awash with a discussion about the chronometers worn by Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his PS Kariuki Thugge, who are also in trouble for graft.

PS Kariuki Thugge and CS Henry Rotich are the talk of social streets with their wrist game. Photo/Courtesy

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They are not the only ones who have had their wrist game spotlighted – every so often, we read about President Uhuru Kenyatta’s watch collection that can feed you and your family for a lifetime.

In fact, Uhuru seems to have a love for both watches and the famous Kenya beaded band that he spots regularly. But what is it about a man and his watch?

President Uhuru Kenyatta spots a watch and his famous arm band. Photo/Twitter.

Apparently, ladies notice them. More specifically, a lady will check out your watch, belt and shoes before she decides how to rank you. This once, let’s stick with the watch: brand, style and design. Did you know, the watch you wear will often reveal your priorities, pay and personality?


A man with a pricey watch such as the Rolex, Cartier or Patek Philippe, for example, stands out as having a healthy bank account, expensive tastes and spares no expense to look good. You’ll find this one at celebrity-type and who-who parties, living in high-end estates and shops at those international outlets regular people don’t even window-shop at. His suit in dry-cleaned – even in this day and age.

The Rolex seems particularly liked by sportsmen; soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, golf’s Tiger Woods and tennis champ Roger Federer each own one. Uhuru owns both Rolex(es?) and the Phillipe. Now you know.

A Rolex watch, among the most expensive brands worldwide



A flashy, outgoing individual will more likely wear a flashy, gold-colour watch. A man that wants to look classy without necessarily calling attention will go for the leather strapped watch. The more particular man will opt to make a statement with a brown strap as opposed to black, which is too common.


If you prefer the digital watch (remember the Disco brand from way back?), you’re probably a man that is precise, nerdy, analytical and a stickler for details. The man that wears the analogue, clock-face type does not feel the need to fit in a box, is laid back and makes adjustments a little more.

Watches speak volumes. Photo/Courtesy

The same is true for a square-faced vs a round-face watch: the regular guy will spot a round-face watch while the guy who wants to carve a niche for himself will don the rarer, square-face type.

So gentlemen, where do you belong? Of course, watches might get you noticed, but or no watch, a good conversation will go a long way, so learn the art of small talk too. And ladies, hopefully, this helps you know who it is you’re hanging with. But ladies, a disclaimer: common sense still applies.


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