Watches Stolen Prior to Charity Auction

October 19, 2000

Watches Stolen Prior to Charity Auction

Four unique and complicated Audemars Piguet timepieces valued at $376,000 were stolen from the company's 125th anniversary exhibition in Rome. The watches were part of a 125-piece exhibition that begins today at Christie's in New York City and culminates in a charity auction Oct. 23. These events will continue as scheduled.

The Swiss-based luxury watch firm is offering a reward for information leading to recovery of the stolen items. Three of the watches were made for the exhibition and charity auction in which Hollywood celebrities would wear the signed watches during the event. The fourth stolen item is a 1923 pocket watch owned by Audemars Piguet.

Rome police are investigating the daylight theft of the wristwatches and the antique pocket watch from the display case on Oct. 12. The exhibition was open and armed security guards were present at the time, according to the company. The company can be reached in New York at (888) 214-6858. For pictures of the stolen items, see www.audemarspiguet.com.

- by Michael Thompson