map of marina botafoch and picture of stolen watch
the Richard Mille Watch was stolen from its 22 year old owner in the exclusive Marina Botafoch area

Reports are appearing in the international media of the theft of a watch valued at 1.2 million euros in the Marina Botafoch area of Ibiza Town. 

Locally, the Diario de Ibiza reported that the robbery occurred on June the 19th on ‘Passeig Joan Carles I’ in the exclusive marina Botafoch area of Ibiza Town. Passeig Joan Carles runs the length of marina Botafoch. It is a single lane road for vehicles, but a broad pedestrian boulevard between the berths of Superyachts on one side and high value apartments on the other.   

It is said that a pair of young Azerbaijani tourists were approached by a man aged around 30 years who took the watch from one of the young men, with force that left some minor injuries. 

Napoli Crime Gangs Suspected in Botafoch Robbery of Million Euro Watch
Napoli Crime Gangs Suspected in Botafoch Robbery of Million Euro Watch

The 22 year old victim went immediately to the Ibiza Town police station to report the crime. 

the watch is one in an edition of 75 made by Richard Mille. known as the (RM) 50-03 McLaren F1, it is inspired by the Formula 1 racing team. It is a ‘tourbillon’ a type of watch defined by it having a mechanism that rotates in its entirety within the case at a rate of one revolution per minute, a feature that nullifies the effects of gravity.

The RM 50-03 also boasts a chronograph accurate to fractions of a second and a torsion sensor that avoids the need for winding.

It is believed that gangs of specialist thieves from Napoli are behind the crime. Ibiza’s police have been locked in a constant battle with the gangs who send over fresh people unknown to the police every few months, always replacing them after a major theft takes place. 

In 2017 police feared that an armed robbery of the high end Philipp Plein clothing retailer in the marina may have indicated a step up in the gang’s activities, however since then it seems they have returned to type, continuing to focus on what has become their very specialist sector of crime, the theft of luxury watches. 

Previous robberies have been of watches around 100,000€, it is thought this may be the single biggest value haul in their entire years of operating in Ibiza.