Lex Luthor's favorite watch was given to him by his mother shortly before she died. She found a Napoleon franc from 1806 and had it made into the face. In 2002, Amy Palmer's obsession of Lex drove her to steal the watch to keep as a memento of him. Clark Kent used his X-Ray vision to confirm that Amy had it and then helped return it to Lex.
When Clark Kent asked about the significance of the Napoleon franc, Lex responded with this explanation:
- Lex: You ever see the painting of Napoleon's coronation by David?
- Clark: No.
- Lex: Napoleon's mother couldn't make it to his coronation. But when he commissioned it, Napoleon told David to paint her in as if she were there, right in the center. Even though she couldn't be there physically, he brought her into his life through sheer force of will, there to share in his greatness.
- Shimmer, Season 1