Last night one of the elder statesman of comedy, John Cleese, appeared on Channel Ten’s prime-time news panel show The Project. Ostensibly Cleese was there to discuss a new stage version of Farty Owls – sorry, Fawlty Towers – but things got a little off track when one of the presenters asked him about his brightly coloured Swatch. Turns out this timepiece, which Cleese picked up for about £12 at a London airport is his perfect holiday accessory: “What I like about it is that it’s plastic. If you go off to the sun and sweat a lot, as you do when you get old, it rots the leather. So a silly little watch like this is much nicer.” Cleese continued: “People are crazy about watches these days, aren’t they? The prices are unbelievable.” From this we infer that John isn’t a regular reader of Time+Tide.
Check out the video for yourself – the watch chat starts three minutes in. Perhaps Cleese could take some wrist pointers from his peer across the pond, Bill Murray, spotted on screen by eagle-eyed Nick from Deployant wearing a very fine Audemars Piguet perpetual calendar with a great back story.