PS: News of course also picked up by the "Gazzetta dello Sport" (the main Italian sports newspaper), which includes further details and speaks of a bespoke RM worth over 1M Euros (link below in Italian):

Apr 20, 2022,01:25 AM
 

Charles Leclerc derubato a Viareggio: al pilota della Ferrari F1 sparito un Rolex (gazzetta.it)

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Another Richard Mille watch stolen - from Charles Leclerc!

 
 By: biw : April 19th, 2022-16:21
Charles Leclerc has 300,000 euro Richard Mille watch stolen in Italy - ...  

So, which information is actually accurate??

 
 By: InHavenPro : April 20th, 2022-02:14
The first article or your article, in terms of which RM it was, and the corresponding value? Anyway, what is the thief now going to do with a, supposedly, piece unique RM other than wear it to his/her heart's content.... Public resale is impossible.... Al... 

I (obviously) don't know more than what I can read online about this theft....the "Gazzetta" is a very reputable (sports) Italian paper, but I guess an exact estimate isn't easy regardless, given that this RM (reportedly, a ref. 67-02) is bespoke.

 
 By: FabR : April 20th, 2022-02:35
It appears from the Gazzetta article that this was notoriously not a good area of the town, where residents had already complained about safety at night. Again according to the newspaper, the pilot initially did not realize he was robbed --- which fortuna... 

This totally comes across like a....

 
 By: InHavenPro : April 20th, 2022-02:57
spur of the moment decision, without any pre-meditation. I bet he/she thought they'd be easily able to sell it right away.... This way, they'll stash it away someplace that's unrelated to them directly, and wait a long time before attempting to peddle it ... 

Another thought that might have factored into their decision is the virtual certainty in their (and my!) mind that they wouldn't be spending a single day in jail in Italy, even in the remote case they'll ever get caught....;-)

 
 By: FabR : April 20th, 2022-03:08
Not that other countries are necessarily safer, but I'm pretty sure that the idea of impunity these criminals have definitely doesn't work as a deterrent! Glad they won't be able to (easily) resell it....even though I'm afraid the Ferrari pilot has alread... 

Hahaha x))

 
 By: InHavenPro : April 20th, 2022-16:53
The thief could now offer to send it to a local police station if he/she receives a ransom in Bitcoin LoL.... How much to negotiate for!? 500K EUR ........

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 By: Michael Reilly : April 20th, 2022-02:46
Yep leave the good ones at home in the safe. So sad , but true

And that is why you're the smartest pirate cat there is!

 
 By: TheMadDruid : April 20th, 2022-10:25
Speaking of you being a pirate cat, though...

This is again sad news . Summer is coming and when wearing short sleeves we need to think twice before strapping a nice watch on the wrist unfortunately πŸ˜”

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : April 20th, 2022-08:06
Glad he is unharmed. This is reality nowadays and spoiling the fun from our hobby imho .

He is wearing a red one this weekend.

 
 By: India Whiskey Charlie : April 23rd, 2022-18:10

My mistake. I went back and saw the same watch in your picture...

 
 By: India Whiskey Charlie : April 24th, 2022-01:04
I am now officially a certified old fart with even older eyes. But, I swear I saw him with a red watch, maybe during yesterday's qualifying?