It’s been a crazy week for one particular Richard Mille RM027 watch. First, the $525,000 watch graced the wrist of tennis superstar Rafael Nadal in his French Open victory over Novak Djokovic on Monday (on loan from Richard Mille), marking the 4th Major for the watch and extending its lead in the annals of tennis history as the winning-est watch ever. Then, on Tuesday, the watch went missing from Nadal’s Paris hotel room, as reported by the New York Times. The Times then quoted a police source as saying “Nobody broke into the hotel room.” Of course we now know is not true, as there are now numerous reportsthat the watch was stolen by a 38-year-old employee of the hotel. The employee confessed to the theft and led police to the watch Tuesday night after they traced the magnetic swipe card used to enter the Spanish tennis sensation’s room. The thief had hidden the expensive timepiece beside a railway in the south Parisian suburb of Corbeil-Essones, where it was recovered.
Incredibly, this is the note first time that Rafa has lost the $525,000 watch — as Hodinkee pointed out yesterday, Nadal had a RM027 stolen from his locker room at the 2008 Rogers Cup in Toronto. Can you say CRAZY?! One has to wonder if Rafa will be loaned another one of these watches! LOL — I think he will — the PR is just too good for Richard Mille.
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Special Thanks to Brazilian Perpetuelle reader and fan who prompted me to publish on this already widely publicized story.
Rafael Nadal’s Watch Wins French Open. Is Stolen. Is Found.