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The name’s al-Baghdadi. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Like the watch?

The name’s al-Baghdadi. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Like the watch? The self-styled caliph of the Islamic State has a taste for terror - and the top-drawer temptations of the West Man to watch: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant Islamic State, at a mosque in Mosul   Photo: REX FEATURES By Harry Wallop

7:20AM BST 08 Jul 2014

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omega watches If you are George Clooney, you wear an Omega De Ville Hour Vision, yours for £4,550; the Dalai Lama has a beloved gold Patek Philippe, showing the phases of the moon; and Fidel Castro used to favour two Rolexes on his left wrist at the same time (useful to show both Havana and Washington time zones).

omega replica watches Powerful men and expensive watches go together like gin and martini. Even Mahatma Gandhi, who left fewer than 10 material possessions when he died, owned a Zenith alarm watch, given to him by Indira Gandhi.

best replica watches The latest man to join this exclusive club is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The self-declared caliph of the Islamic State, who wants to wage holy war on the West and all its degeneracies, was filmed at Mosul’s Great Mosque last week, wearing a rather natty wristwatch of the type favoured by James Bond.

omega replica watches It appears the watch is bulky, with a chrome strap and dark face. Experts have speculated that it is an Omega Seamaster, which retails for about £3,500 and has been advertised as a symbol of the ''Bond spirit’’.

replica omega Of course, it could be a $50 fake or a witty attempt to subvert the West’s obsession with Swiss horology. Either way, it is an accessory that doesn’t quite match the medieval look he is otherwise trying to rock.

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However, it proves, at least, that al-Baghdadi is bang on trend. Since the recession, the luxury men’s watch market has taken off, with fashion houses and jewellery brands taking the industry far more seriously. The likes of Louis Vuitton and Hermès now invest in watch manufacturers and component-makers.

Tim Barber, editor of QP Magazine, which is dedicated to salivating over high-end watches, says that the current crop of prestigious models, all of which are mechanical rather than digital, are part of the fashion for old-style engineering.

“They are still made the way pocket watches were made. There is more soul to a great watch than a collection of circuit boards. And that in itself is stylish.”

But within the more-money-than-sense end of the market, each brand has a clear identity. “Your watch is your expression of yourself, your style, your sophistication and your knowledge,” adds Barber.

Cartier is for old-school gentlemen (with £20,000 to spare), worn by the likes of the Prince of Wales.

“Rolex is about the brand,” says Barber. A bit flash, a bit Roger Federer – a fabulous tennis player, but a man known to wear gold-trimmed blazers bearing his monogram.

A Patek Philippe is strictly for executives who have their leather shoes made in Milan and their mistresses in Paris.

Successful rappers, not least Tinie Tempah, sport an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph, which is made of titanium and can cost more than £200,000.

For those on a smaller budget, there is Swatch, which almost single-handedly saved the Swiss watch industry when it launched its cheap, colourful plastic watches in the Eighties. The £32 models are quite the thing among the anti-fashion hipster brigade.

And how about an Omega Seamaster? James Dowling, who specialises in writing about watches, says: “It’s ironic as Bond never wore anything other than a Rolex in the novels. The use of an Omega in the films is simply product placement.”

Barber adds: “They are really well-made. They’re rugged and famous for being worn by Armstrong and Aldrin on the Moon. They say 'adventure’.” The Swiss company is unlikely to be offering al-Baghdadi a lucrative advertising contract, but if you are going to wage jihad, it’s probably a sensible watch to have on your wrist.

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