Eight watches owned by Michael Schumacher up for auction

13 May 2024, 14:14

Two watches belonging to Michael Schumacher on display during a preview at Christie’s in Geneva, Switzerland
Switzerland Schumacher Watches. Picture: PA

The sale has been timed for the 30th anniversary of Schumacher’s first Formula One Drivers’ Championship win in 1994.

Eight luxury watches belonging to Formula One star Michael Schumacher are going up for sale at Christie’s.

The sale, organised by Schumacher’s family, features a watch that was given to the German racing superstar by former Ferrari chief executive and former motorsports governing body FIA president Jean Todt as a Christmas present in 2004, when Schumacher was the dominant force in F1.

The custom-made timepiece features 18-carat white gold, a red watch face and images of a Ferrari logo, Schumacher’s racing helmet and the number 7 to honour his seven World Championship victories.

Michael Schumacher in 2010
Michael Schumacher in 2010 (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

The pre-sale estimate suggested it could bring as much as two million Swiss francs (£1.75 million), Christie’s said.

Other Schumacher watches include five in a single box set that will be auctioned off individually.

The sale has been timed for the 30th anniversary of his first Formula One Drivers’ Championship win in 1994.

“We were approached by the family to put these pieces up for for auction, and the reason is unknown to us,” said Eli Fayon, a Christie’s watches specialist.

The watches, which were taken to New York and Taipei for showings before the sale, are part of a larger auction of luxury timepieces to go under the hammer on Tuesday at Christie’s in Geneva.

Also on Tuesday, Sotheby’s was set to hold a jewellery auction featuring a 100-carat yellow diamond with a pre-sale estimate of up to 6.5 million francs (£5.7 million).

Schumacher, who retired from F1 in 2012, shares the record for most F1 titles with British driver Lewis Hamilton.

Two watches belonging to Michael Schumacher are on display: F.P., left, Journe, Invenit et Fecit, piece Unique, Vagabondage 1 Model, it is estimated to sell between 1,200,000 to 2,300,000 US dollars and Audemars Piguet, right, Royal OAK Chronograph model, it is estimated to sell between 180,000 to 280,000 US dollars
Two watches belonging to Michael Schumacher on display: F.P., left, Journe, Invenit et Fecit, piece Unique, Vagabondage 1 Model, is estimated to sell at between 1,200,000 and 2,300,000 US dollars, and Audemars Piguet, right, Royal OAK Chronograph model, is estimated to sell between 180,000 and 280,000 US dollars (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

In December the following year, Schumacher fell while skiing in the French Alpine resort of Meribel and suffered a near-fatal brain injury.

His head hit a rock which split open his helmet.

Doctors removed blood clots but others were left untouched because they were too deeply embedded in his brain.

Since being transferred from hospital in September 2014, Schumacher continues to be cared for privately at a family home in Switzerland.

By Press Association

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