The Italian job – A fan actually stole Formula 1 championship leader Charles Leclerc’s $320,000 Richard Mille watch while he was giving autographs.


Formula 1 superstar Charles Leclerc was reportedly robbed of his $320,000 Richard Mille RM 67-02 watch in Italy on Monday. According to several reports in the Italian media, the Ferrari F1 driver was walking with friends and his trainer, Andrea Ferrari, in the Tuscan town of Viareggio when the incident happened around 10 p.m. He was recognized by fans who stopped him for autographs and photographs, which is not very unusual for a celebrity. Distracted and overwhelmed by the crowd, Leclerc failed to realize that an opportunistic thief among the group had managed to steal his Richard Mille watch and run off with it. By the time the F1 championship leader noticed it, it was already too late. Leclerc immediately reported the matter to the police, who are currently investigating the theft.

Image – Instagram/charles_leclerc

Leclerc’s coach, from Viareggio, was very angry at the incident and took to Instagram shortly after the robbery to express his annoyance. He complained about the lack of lighting in the area of ​​town where the theft took place. Fortunately, the F1 driver was uninjured in the incident and will race this weekend in Italy to maintain his lead in this year’s championship. We sincerely hope the flight doesn’t prove to be a distraction for the 24-year-old Monegasque racing driver; after all, Ferrari have been top of the F1 championship for ages. No Formula 1 fan would ever want Ferrari’s dream race to be derailed because of such an incident.

Image – Instagram/charles_leclerc

While it’s unclear whether the theft of the watch was planned or not, you’ll be surprised that Leclerc isn’t the first F1 driver to have a Richard Mille watch stolen. In a very similar incident, F1 star Lando Norris was attacked with his Richard Mille RM 11-03 watch last year during the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley. In fact, Richard Mille watches have been a favorite of thieves. In 2019, a pickpocket in Ibiza managed to steal a $1.3 million Richard Mille McLaren F1 watch from a 22-year-old ultra-wealthy tourist.

Image – Christies

Richard Mille’s long-standing partnership with Charles Leclerc
While Leclerc might be the title favorite this year and many F1 enthusiasts might argue have considered him a championship-winning driver for several years now, Richard Mille recognized the Monegasque racing driver’s talent at the wheel a decade ago. . Referring to Leclerc at the launch of the RM 67-02, Richard Mille said: “Since his debut in karting, I have closely followed Charles’ progress. Noted for his fast lap times and qualifying, the driver caught my attention and enthusiasm, immediately convincing the brand to support his budding talent. The watch brand founder has supported Leclerc since his karting days on his journey to becoming a successful F1 driver and has also become an official sponsor of Leclerc’s Ferrari F1 team in 2021.


What makes the Richard Mille RM 67-02 so special?
Richard Mille is known for constantly pushing the boundaries of watchmaking engineering to create technical masterpieces. The RM 67-02 is the perfect example of the watchmaker’s technical prowess in the use of bespoke materials and manufacturing techniques. Weighing just 32 grams (strap included), it is the lightest automatic watch in the Richard Mille collection, making it ideal for sports personalities. The avant-garde brand has created several RM 67-02 prototypes for the sports personalities it accompanies, including Charles Leclerc. The RM 67-02 specially created for the F1 star sports the white and red colors of the Monaco flag, making it truly bespoke and special.

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