Tennis star Rafael Nadal experienced highs and lows last week after losing his Richard Mille RM027 tourbillon at a luxury Paris hotel after winning the Rolamd Garros tennis tournament.
Luckily for Nadal, the timepiece – worth £240,000 – was discovered a few days later in the possesion of the hotel’s barman, the suspected thief who was tracked down after police traced his hotel swipe card, which was used to access Nadal’s suit.
The barman is said to have hidden the watch near a railway line, and took police there to show them the hidden watch during questioning.
This is the second time Nadal has lost a Mille timepiece. Back in 2008 his bespoke Richard Mille, worth £335,000, was taken from his locker during the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The watch was never found but the tennis star remained the brand’s ambassador.