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Indonesian armed forces chief says his luxury watch is a knockoff; throws on floor to prove

Published on Apr 24, 2014 12:22 PM

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko rebuffed Singaporean media reports on his lavish watch collection and claimed that he only purchased knockoff watches to satisfy his curiosity about watch technology.

"In the market, this watch could fetch for more than 1 billion rupiah (S$108,000), but I bought it for only 5 million rupiah," General Moeldoko said after a meeting with the Philippines' armed forces chief, General Emmanuel T. Bautista, in Jakarta on Wednesday.

General Moeldoko was responding to foreign media reports about his penchant for collecting expensive watches. One of the watches was a limited edition Richard Mille he wore during an interview with a Singaporean news channel.

General Moeldoko later went on to explain the philosophical value of his passion for luxury watches.

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