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Super-rich tourist has £1MILLLION McLaren F1-inspired watch stolen by a pickpocket in Ibiza

Super-rich tourist has £1MILLLION McLaren F1-inspired watch stolen by a pickpocket in Ibiza

  • Tourist from Azerbaijan was walking down a street when the robbery took place
  • The 22-year-old man had his Richard Mille (RM) 50-03 McLaren F1 watch stolen
  • Valued at around £1million there are only 75 of the ultralight pieces in the world

A pickpocket in Ibiza stole one of the world’s most valuable watches worth nearly £1million from a tourist.

The thief, thought to be in his 30s, stole the Formula One inspired wristwatch from its Azerbaijan owner in broad daylight after shoving his victim several times.

He then made off with his haul at around 4.30pm last Wednesday which police say is worth €1.2 million. Only 75 of the record-breaking ultralight watches exist in the world.

The Azerbaijan tourist, aged 22, was walking along the seafront in Ibiza town with a friend when the robbery happened. He was left with injuries to his wrist and arm.

The Richard Mille 50-03 McLaren F1 (pictured in a file image) was stolen from an Azerbaijani tourist in Ibiza Town

The McLaren F1-inspired piece is thought to be worth around £1million and is one of the world's most expensive watches (stock image)

The McLaren F1-inspired piece is thought to be worth around £1million and is one of the world’s most expensive watches (stock image)

Police say he was staying in a hotel in Ibiza and immediately went to the police station to report the theft.

The watch is a Richard Mille (RM) 50-03 McLaren F1 valued at approximately €1,150,000. It is the lightest in the world, weighing only 40 grams with the strap included.

The watch is inspired by the McLaren F1 cars and is a tourbillon – a specific mechanism of watchmaking – that means the entire mechanism inside the case rotates at a rate of one revolution per minute in order to nullify the effects of gravity.

In addition to that, the RM 50-03 features chronograph function of fractions of a second to measure lap times, a power reserve of 70 hours, and a torsion sensor to avoid winding.

Only 75 of the record-breaking McLaren ultralight watches exist in the world (stock picture)

Only 75 of the record-breaking McLaren ultralight watches exist in the world (stock picture)

Dalt Vila and La Marina neighbourhoods of Ibiza Town (file photo). A tourist was robbed of his £1million watch as he walked with a friend in Ibiza town

Dalt Vila and La Marina neighbourhoods of Ibiza Town (file photo). A tourist was robbed of his £1million watch as he walked with a friend in Ibiza town

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