Timepieces From The Champion
Michael Schumacher's watches to be auctioned by Christie's

Seven-time Formula 1 Champion Michael Schumacher is widely known as an ardent watch enthusiast. Over the years, he has seized numerous opportunities to acquire one-of-a-kind timepieces, some intricately linked to pivotal moments in his illustrious career. This year holds particular significance as it marks the 30th anniversary of Schumacher’s inaugural Formula 1 Drivers Championship win in 1994. At the behest of his family, Christie’s is set to unveil a curated selection from his private watch collection at the esteemed Rare Watches auction in Geneva next month.

Among the treasures within the collection, the white gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronograph stands out as truly exceptional. Crafted as a tribute to Schumacher’s six F1 victories at the time, it was commissioned by former Ferrari team principal and FIA president Jean Todt. Noteworthy details include the numeral ‘1’ encircled by six stars within the 3 o’clock sub-dial, symbolizing Schumacher’s championship wins at the time of its creation. The emblematic Ferrari prancing horse graces the 6 o’clock position, while Schumacher’s iconic red racing helmet adorns the 9 o’clock sub-dial.

Another notable piece is the bespoke F.P. Journe Vagabondage 1 Model timepiece, intricately adorned with symbols representing Schumacher’s historic seven F1 World Championship victories by 2004. Among these symbols are the numeral ‘7’, Schumacher’s racing helmet, and the Ferrari logo, set against a bespoke red dial. The 18k gold movement boasts personal engravings, further enhancing its uniqueness.

Additionally, the auction will feature several other distinguished F.P. Journe timepieces, alongside the renowned Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (reference 6262) showcasing a black Paul Newman dial, all available for bidding.

The Rare Watches auction is scheduled for the 13th of May 2024, to be hosted at the esteemed Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. Prior to the auction, these exquisite timepieces, including selections from Schumacher’s collection, will be showcased in various cities. Among these exhibitions, an eagerly anticipated display will be held in Hong Kong from the 4th to the 7th of April at Christie’s, offering enthusiasts a rare opportunity to marvel at these horological masterpieces up close.