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Friday, 22 November 2019 5.50 PM IST

Man robbed of Rs six crore watch after he steps out for smoking cigarette

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PARIS: A Japanese man who stepped out of his Paris hotel for a cigarette was robbed of his Rs 6 crore Swiss watch by a thief who snatched it off his wrist, police sources said Tuesday.

The 30-year-old victim was approached outside the five-star Hotel Napoleon near the Arc de Triomphe late Monday by a man who asked for a cigarette.

The thief then grabbed the man’s arm and fled with the rare Richard Mille timepiece, a Tourbillon Diamond Twister estimated to cost some Rs 6 crore.

Mille timepieces, with their bulky cases that reveal the intricate inner mechanisms, are highly prized by aficionados — and instantly recognizable to thieves targeting wealthy tourists in the French capital.

The Parisien newspaper published a map Tuesday pinpointing some two dozen high-value watch nabbings in the “Golden Triangle” and other glitzy areas near the Champs-Elysees avenue so far this year.

It noted at least four other Richard Mille watch robberies among the 71 such robberies in Paris and nearby suburbs between January and September.

But the Japanese victim may be luckier than most — police sources say the assailant dropped a cellphone as he fled that has been handed over to the police division that investigates serious robberies and organized crime.

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