A 40-year-old man became the victim of a rather unusual crime, when his watch was stolen by a stranger who approached him to shake his hand.
The man was left with a lighter-feeling wrist when his £100,000 Breguet tourbillion was slipped off of his wrist in a sleight-of-hand scam that took place in the early hours of a Saturday last month.
A group of three or four men, said to be in their early 20s and described as “dark skinned Eastern Europeans”, approached the man on Berkeley Street in Mayfair, London, offering to shake the hand of the Breguet owner.
During the greeting, his wristwatch was unclipped and taken from his wrist, with the gang fleeing in the direction of Berkeley Square.
The timepiece is believed to be a Breguet Heritage Tourbillon watch and is one of only 60 in existence and has a rose gold rectangular face and a black crocodile skin strap, with is engraved on the case back with ‘Limited Edition 819AK’.
Police said no one had been arrested following the incident, which is being investigated by officers from the Westminster Robbery Squad.
The theft took place at about 2.25am on Saturday April 14. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or might have information to contact Crimestoppers or the London Metropolitan Police Robbery Squad.