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David Pedersen - Mar 27 2024



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Christie’s upcoming Rare Watches Live Auction will feature two extraordinary timepieces from the esteemed personal collection of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.Scheduled as part of the Rare Watches sale at the Four Seasons in Geneva on May 13, this dedicated section pays homage to the retired German driver, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of his inaugural F1 championship victory and commemorating his enduring legacy in motorsport.

Among the eight watches up for auction are pieces that symbolize pivotal moments throughout Schumacher's thirty-year racing career. These timepieces, expected to fetch millions collectively, include an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak of particular significance. This custom chronograph was gifted to Schumacher by Jean Todt, the former manager of Ferrari’s racing division from 1993 to 2008. Todt played a pivotal role in Schumacher's career, mentoring him after his arrival at Ferrari in 1996, where Schumacher secured his first two F1 championships with Benetton in 1994 and ’95, followed by an impressive five consecutive titles for Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.


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The Royal Oak has customized dial is designed with racing references. The seconds subdial displays Ferrari’s renowned Prancing Horse emblem, while Schumacher’s red racing helmet graces the 12-hour register. Decorating the 30-minute counter are the numeral “1” and six stars, symbolizing Schumi’s triumphs from 1994 to 2003. Furthermore, the white-gold caseback bears an engraved message commemorating his six F1 championship victories at the time.

The distinctive F.P. Journe Vagabondage 1 Model watch was presented to Schumacher in honor of his seventh F1 World Championship triumph in 2004. Its dial features a striking Ferrari red hue with motifs paying homage to the champion, surrounding the partially exposed 18k gold movement.

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