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The watch collection of legendary Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher goes on sale

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Michael Schumacher won seven Formula 1 Drivers' World Championships, and some of his luxury personalized watches celebrate these victories in unique ways.  Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Michael Schumacher won seven Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championships, and some of his luxury personalized watches celebrate these victories in unique ways. Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Eight luxury and personalized watches from Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher are being auctioned – and they could sell for a total of more than $4.8 million.

The rare timepieces will be on display in New York from May 3 to May 5, the weekend of the Miami Grand Prix, ahead of the auction in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 13, Christie’s auction house said.

Schumacher’s family owns a range of watches that the champion driver has collected over the years and “more recently, they decided to part with specific watches from the collection, which they believed would allow watch collectors to appreciate the true value of the pieces. Christie’s head of watches Remi Guillemin told CNN on Thursday.

“We are really happy to have these watches and to have been able to work with the family,” he added.

Rolex's stainless steel Paul Newman Daytona watch is named after the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, according to Remi Guillemin, head of watches at Christie's auction house.

Rolex’s stainless steel Paul Newman Daytona watch is named after the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, according to Remi Guillemin, head of watches at Christie’s auction house. Christie’s Images LTD. 2024

The collection will form part of Christie’s traditional auction of rare watches, consisting of high caliber vintage and modern watches from brands such as Audemars Piguet, FP Journe and Rolex.

Standout pieces include Schumacher’s platinum FP Journe Vagabondage 1, which contains almost half the estimated value of the entire collection, with an expected retail price of up to $2.2 million.

Meanwhile, a stainless steel Paul Newman Daytona watch from Rolex is expected to sell for up to $440,000 and Schumacher’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch is expected to sell for up to $280,000.

The Rolex watch is named after the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, said Guillemin, who described the timepiece as “one of the most iconic watches Rolex has ever made.”

According to Christie's, Schumacher's white gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was gifted to him at Christmas 2003 by his early mentor and former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt.

According to Christie’s, Schumacher’s white gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was gifted to him at Christmas 2003 by his early mentor and former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt. Christie’s Images LTD. 2024

The white gold Royal Oak chronograph was ordered as a personal gift for the seven-time F1 World Championship winner from his early mentor and former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt, according to the auction house.

The parts, presented to Schumacher at Christmas 2003, celebrate the six championship victories he had achieved by then, Christie’s said. The 30-minute dial is surrounded by six stars and features images of Ferrari’s famous prancing horse emblem and Schumacher’s red racing helmet.

“It is a unique watch,” says Guillemin. “When you see the watch from a distance, you just know that it is something special and that it appeals to Michael Schumacher.”

Schumacher's platinum FP Journe Vagabondage 1 features a striking red dial and features celebrating his seven F1 World Driver Championships.

Schumacher’s platinum FP Journe Vagabondage 1 features a striking red dial and features celebrating his seven F1 World Driver Championships. Christie’s Images LTD. 2024

The platinum Vagabondage 1 watch was also a gift from Todt, but for the following Christmas. So while it has similar features, the striking red dial houses symbols representing the seventh championship Schumacher has won for himself and Ferrari.

A prototype of the watch was sold in 2003 to benefit the Paris Brain Institute (ICM) Foundation, of which Schumacher and Todt are the founders, the auction house said.

“These watches (are) for people who follow Formula 1, who, like me, followed Michael Schumacher when he was racing. It’s just a real piece of memorabilia and history – and what’s more, these two watches are important to watchmaking,” Guillemin added.

Schumacher suffered a brain injury after suffering severe head trauma in a skiing accident in 2013.

He has not appeared in public since, but his wife Corinna said in a 2021 Netflix documentary: “We live together at home. We do therapy. We are doing everything we can to make Michael better and make him feel comfortable.”

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