US tourist has his £685,000 Black Caviar Bang Hublot watch featuring hundreds of precision-cut black diamonds snatched from his wrist outside five-star Barcelona hotel
- The limited edition timepiece has a million dollar price tag in the United States
- US tourist staying in the five-star Mercer Hotel in Barcelona was robbed Tuesday
- Swiss-made Hublot Black Caviar Bang features hundreds of cut black diamonds
Police are hunting four men after a wealthy US tourist was mugged for his £685,000 watch outside his five-star hotel in Barcelona.
Police are hunting four men after a wealthy American tourist was mugged for his £685,000 Hublot Black Caviar Bang watch (pictured), made of black diamonds, outside his five-star hotel in Barcelona
The American told police the timepiece was snatched off his wrist just after 2pm on Tuesday near the five-star Mercer Hotel where he is believed to have been staying.
The watch has been identified as a Swiss-made Hublot, with unconfirmed local reports saying it is a Black Caviar Bang, which features hundreds of precision-cut black diamonds.
The limited-edition timepiece has a million dollar price tag in the States and takes over 2,000 hours to finish from the the design stage.
The regional Mossos d’Esquadra police force said they were unable to confirm what type of watch had been taken.
But a spokesman said: ‘I can confirm we are investigating the violent theft of a designer watch worth £685,000 following a complaint from a tourist.
‘The person who reported the crime said he was surrounded by a gang of muggers who snatched the watch off his wrist.
‘The incident reported happened around 2.20pm on Tuesday. No arrests have yet been made.’
One local report said the mugging victim was returning to his hotel for a siesta after lunch at a nearby restaurant when he was targeted.
He has told the police he believes his assailants were of North African origin.
The theft occurred in Lledo Street, in Barcelona’s charming Gothic Quarter, which has narrow medieval streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and restaurants and is always teeming with holidaymakers.
The police spokesman said: ‘The man who reported his watch had been stolen was slightly hurt but they were minor injuries.’
As of Thursday 9 June, is not immediately clear if police had managed to obtain CCTV footage showing the incident.
Rolex robbers, who are usually from the Italian city of Naples, mug holidaymakers every summer in places like Ibiza and Majorca as well as Barcelona.
The theft occurred in Lledo Street in Barcelona’s charming Gothic Quarter, which has narrow medieval streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and restaurants and is always teeming with holidaymakers. Pictured is inside Mercer Hotel, Barcelona, where the tourist was staying
Locals complained earlier this month gangs of youngsters were targeting tourists in San Antonio in Ibiza.
One businessman told island newspaper Diario de Ibiza: ‘They act swiftly, without speaking or drawing attention to themselves so as to surprise their victims.
‘They are very well prepared. Before this used to happen at night-time but now they strike at any time of the day.’
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