Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin astonished factory workers in the town of Tula recently when he gave one of their own the expensive Blancpain watch right off his wrist. The Manchester Guardian recounts the bizarre story:
Dressed in blue overalls, factory employee Viktor Zagaevsky approached Russia's tsar-like leader and asked him whether he might like to offer a memento. Apparently unable to think of an appropriate souvenir, Russia's premier swiftly took off his £5,500 black Blancpain watch and handed it over to a gobsmacked Zagaevsky.
"My father wasn't expecting such a generous present," Zagaevsky's son, Dmitry, said today. "He just wanted something to remember Putin by."