Jakarta. Indonesia’s military chief collects counterfeit watches, with no qualms about it, and he’ll go to extreme lengths to prove it.
That was the conclusion, at least, from a bizarre stunt on Wednesday when Gen. Moeldoko threw his watch to the ground in a bid to convince reporters that it wasn’t a $100,000 collectors edition timepiece as reported by a Singapore website. Moeldoko’s reported wealth is around Rp 32 billion, or $2.75 million.
“Just watch me, so you know I’m not lyng,” the four-star general told reporters at the Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta, as quoted by Detik.com, before throwing the watch to the ground.
He then let one of the reporters check the watch, which was reportedly still working fine and hadn’t picked up any scratches.
Moeldoko has been at the center of a flurry of speculation about the watch, which the Singapore site themillenary.com identified from a photograph as being a Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph “Black Kite”, with a reported price tag of above $100,000. Only 45 of the timepieces were produced for the Asia region.
However, Moeldoko insisted that the watch did not cost that much, saying instead that it was a counterfeit item made in China, and that he had a whole collection of bootleg watches, including a fake Rolex.
He said the RM 011 he had was a good imitation that cost around Rp 5 million. “Other people buy expensive watches, but I get them cheap,” he said.
A counterfeit watch of the same kind at Pasar Senen in Central Jakarta costs around Rp 7 million, Detik.com reported a vendor as saying.
Asked for his take on buying goods made in violation of intellectual property rights, Moeldoko said: “That’s not my business.”
Indonesia consistently ranks as one of the worst violators of intellectual property rights in the world, with lack of law enforcement against piracy and counterfeiting seen as a major factor.
Another Singapore site, mothership.sg, dug up more photos of Moeldoko wearing other high-end watches, including an IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar, with a list price of $12,700; an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli Chronograph ($38,300); and possibly an Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater — costing a staggering $476,600.