Russia's most prominent opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, jumped on the scandal, repeatedly re-tweeting the photo, snapped at the wedding ceremony in Sochi, along with a magnified image of the luxury timepiece -- a Richard Mille RM 52-01 "Skull" watch
, of which fewer than three dozen are said to have been made.
"The watch of the newly-wed Peskov costs more than your apartment," anti-corruption campaigner Navalny wrote in his online blog
. "The happy groom has been working for the State since 1989, and couldn't earn so many millions legally."
But the Russian President's spokesman denied the wristwatch was evidence of corruption
, saying it was a merely a wedding gift from his wife.
Peskov, 47, married Tatiana Navka, a former Olympic figure skater, at the weekend in a lavish ceremony
at one of Russia's most luxurious hotels, the Rodina
or "Motherland," owned by billionaire oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
Speaking to the Kremlin press corps on Monday, Peskov said he regretted that his wedding had turned into such "big news,"
adding: "I would have preferred to have it all without any media gossip.
"Wives' gifts to husbands and husbands' gifts to wives can hardly have anything to do with anti-corruption activity," he said.
It's not the first time the Kremlin, which says it is fighting corruption in Russia, has been confronted with allegations of extravagant expenditure.
A 2012 report by leading opposition figures, including Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated outside the Kremlin earlier this year, detailed allegations of how Peskov's boss, Putin, had 15 helicopters, 4 yachts, and 43 airplanes at his disposal.