Time is money: Japanese tourist robbed of $840,000 watch in Paris

A watch by Swiss manufacturer Richard Mille is displayed on the opening day of the 28th International Fine Watchmaking Exhibition SIHH, on January 15, 2018 in Geneva. PHOTO | FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Thief snatches rare Richard Mille timepiece off the wrist of a Japanese man outside the five-star Hotel Napoleon.
  • Mille timepieces, with their bulky cases that reveal the intricate inner mechanisms, are highly prized by aficionados -- and instantly recognisable to thieves targeting wealthy tourists in the French capital.
  • There has been at least four other Richard Mille watch robberies, all valued at at least 100,000 euros ($109,000), among the 71 such robberies in Paris and nearby suburbs between January and September.



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