Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has his £265,000 Richard Mille watch stolen in Tuscany
April 20 2022 , 10:15 am
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has his £265,000 Richard Mille watch stolen in Tuscany just days before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix… as his personal trainer bemoans lack of street lights leaving them exposed.
Formula One championship leader Charles Leclerc was robbed of his £265,000 watch while signing autographs in Italy on Easter Monday.
Leclerc was out with friends in Viareggio in Tuscany when at around 10pm local time he was recognised and approached by fans for autographs and photos.
Leclerc, who was out with personal trainer Andrea Ferrari, obliged but realised his Richard Mille 67-02 watch, which had been customised to be in the colours of the Monaco flag, had been swiped from his wrist.
The Monegasque driver and Andrea Ferrari immediately alerted local police to the theft and they are now investigating.
Richard Mille are a long-time sponsor of the 24-year-old Ferrari driver and are popular designs among his peers, too.
McLaren driver Lando Norris had his own Richard Mille watch stolen in July last year after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
The Bristol-born racer was approached by two men just before midnight as he returned to his car following England’s penalty shootout loss to Italy.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed at the time that Norris had been left ‘shaken’ by the experience of having his watch, believed to be worth £40,000, taken.
‘He was assaulted and held by one of the men while his watch was removed from his wrist,’ the police confirmed.
Leclerc’s watch being stolen is far from ideal preparation just days out from the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.
The 24-year-old has been the star of the 2022 season so far and is the current leader of the F1 world drivers’ championship.
Victories at both the season-opening race in Bahrain and the most recent race, the Australian Grand Prix, has propelled Leclerc into genuine title contention with Ferrari looking the best in class at this moment.