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CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by four20 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:20 pm

probably wouldn't have been robbed if he was wearing a GS like a proper Japanese businessman :lol:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/fran ... index.html
(CNN) — A Japanese businessman had a watch worth more than $800,000 seized from his wrist outside a five-star hotel in Paris, police said.

The man had stepped out of the Hôtel Napoléon, near the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées, around 9 p.m. on Monday evening to smoke a cigarette, when a thief snatched the watch from his wrist, a spokesman for the Paris police told CNN.

The victim was approached by a man who asked him for a cigarette, but when he put his hand out, the thief seized the timepiece and ran away, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

The watch was a Richard Mille Tourbillon Diamond Twister, it added. This Swiss luxury timepiece, which is decorated with a diamond-covered spiral, retails for €757,000 ($830,000). Because of its value, the case was transferred to an organized crime task force, the spokesman said.
More than 70 luxury watches stolen.

Paris has seen a spate of luxury watch thefts in recent months. In the first eight months of the year, 71 cases were reported, according to BFMTV.
Most thefts happen in the chic 8th arrondissement just off the Champs-Elysées, where a lot of luxury hotels and jewelry shops are located, according to BFMTV. Four thefts took place on a single day in July, with watches worth a total €190,000 stolen, it added.

The luxury timepieces can be resold on the black market for 30% to 50% of their value, according to BFMTV.

Thieves have developed several techniques to steal the watches, BFMTV reports. Some will punch their victim or knock him or her off a scooter.

Others will ask for a cigarette, a photo to be taken or for their way, before making off with the watch. Another ruse is to bump into a car mirror, prompting the driver to stick his or her hand out to set it straight.

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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by Chocodove » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:25 pm

Wouldn’t have happened if he was wearing it on a NATO :)
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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by dinexus » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:36 pm

Chocodove wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Wouldn’t have happened if he was wearing it on a NATO :)
...or if he wasn't wearing a watch visible from space.

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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by Honeybadger » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:42 pm

dinexus wrote:
Chocodove wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Wouldn’t have happened if he was wearing it on a NATO :)
...or if he wasn't wearing a watch visible from space.

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What the hell time is it on that watch? 5 after 5? I guess it really doesn’t matter, but I’m getting to be a cranky old bastard and I really enjoy it when I can use my watch to do watch things like tell the effing time Image


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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by Torrid » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:06 pm

Honeybadger wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:42 pm
dinexus wrote:
Chocodove wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Wouldn’t have happened if he was wearing it on a NATO :)
...or if he wasn't wearing a watch visible from space.

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What the hell time is it on that watch? 5 after 5? I guess it really doesn’t matter, but I’m getting to be a cranky old bastard and I really enjoy it when I can use my watch to do watch things like tell the effing time Image


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I figure when you have the money for this you probably have no care in the world for what time it is.

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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by dinexus » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:07 pm

Torrid wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:06 pm

I figure when you have the money for this you probably have no care in the world for what time it is.
If you can afford to have it, you should be able to afford to lose it too. :shrug:

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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by 59yukon01 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:18 pm

Thief did him a favor cause that's hideous!

More proof a fool and his money are eventually separated.

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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by BacoNoir » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:23 pm

dinexus wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:36 pm
Chocodove wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Wouldn’t have happened if he was wearing it on a NATO :)
...or if he wasn't wearing a watch visible from space.

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Well, his insurance should cover him AND thief did him a favor since it'd damn near impossible to read that time on that POS! :banghead:
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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by deepcdvr » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:41 pm

“The luxury timepieces can be resold on the black market for 30% to 50% of their value, according to BFMTV“

He should have stolen a Rolex - he could have sold it for 200% of the actual value...
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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by toxicavenger » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:57 pm

Carrying that kind of luxury goods around he should have some security.

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Post by Captdave » Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:21 pm

deepcdvr wrote:“The luxury timepieces can be resold on the black market for 30% to 50% of their value, according to BFMTV“

He should have stolen a Rolex - he could have sold it for 200% of the actual value...
30% to 50% of this is still more than 200% of pretty much any Rolex.


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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by KidKeith » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:45 pm

Thief did him a favor. Sheesh that's hideous.

Seriously though, even if I'm a guy who can afford a $800K watch I'm not wearing it around anyone who would feel the impulse to steal a $800K watch. What's he even doing walking the streets? Get a driver. This isn't hard.
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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by 93 Turbo » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:18 pm

toxicavenger wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:57 pm
Carrying that kind of luxury goods around he should have some security.
Or, you want to make sure you are a bad ass that no one would steal nothing from...
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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by Henryj » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:53 am

Maybe Japanese fences or pawnshops are more sophisticated, but in the US he’d be lucky to get$50. It looks like a mall kiosk watch.
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Re: CNN: Thief snatches $800,000 watch from Japanese businessman's wrist in Paris

Post by AtomicTom » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:17 am

That is something Erik, and I wonder if the thief even had any idea of what
the watch was head of time. :o He probably was hoping for just an $8000
watch, and instead, got an $800,000 watch ! Crazy stuff. Thanks so much
for the news about it.

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