The 42nd president and creator of the Clinton Foundation owned two of those timepieces before being presented with a third today whilst touring Shinola’s Detroit headquarters and factory inside the College of Creative Studies’ Alfred A. Taubman Building.
What exactly does a stylish past president wear?
The 47mm Runwell, which retails for $550.
He’s two — one with a black ring and one having a tan band — along with his third, that was given to him by Shinola worker Krystal Bibb, gets the presidential seal embossed on the back.
“It’s elegant and casual,” Clinton said of the Runwell, including that the big numbers are good for his eyesight.
Clinton is in town for the Michigan Democratic Party’s annual Jackson-Jefferson Dinner being held tonight at Cobo Center.
Knowing the president owned a Shinola watch, the firm invited Clinton to tour the centre whilst visiting Detroit. The former president consented , and spent approximately an hour on the watch floor, meeting some of the company’s 260 employees.
“Having President Clinton visit our headquarters at Detroit was a great honor and true highlight for the group,” said Steve Bock, CEO of Shinola/Detroit LLC. “We expect Shinola can function as a business model that may be replicated in cities like Detroit across the U.S.”
Willie Holley was awarded the honour of leading the former president and Mayor Mike Duggan and Sen. Debbie Stabenow — around the production lines, where everyone but the president and his entourage had been garbed in a clean room suit and booties.
Holley had earned the honor. He was a guard at the Taubman Center when Shinola first hired them. Since that time Holley has worked his way up from building the moves — the engine of the watch — to leading an whole production line.
Shinola opened its own watch-assembly centre in the Taubman Center at 2011. The company has since expanded into bikes and leather products. The business opened its flagship retail location at Midtown last summer, where sells its goods and assembles Shinola-branded bikes.