Cannes Filch Fes­ti­val

Plaza Watch International - - News -

An­nu­ally de­scended upon by the rich and fa­mous in the name of glam­our and movie pro­mo­tion, the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val basks in global envy ev­ery sum­mer. But a spate of high value rob­beries is mak­ing it some­thing of a filch fes­ti­val. This year one of the big­gest gem thefts in re­cent Euro­pean his­tory took place when over $100 mil­lion in jew­ellery was stolen from the Carl­ton Ho­tel in the fa­mous French re­sort.

The Kronom­e­try store, which sells a range of luxury time­pieces and is lo­cated op­po­site the town's Palais des Fes­ti­vals et des Con­gres build­ing that hosts the an­nual film fes­ti­val, has been hit twice by rob­bers in 2013. In july a pair of thieves threat­ened staff with a gun and a hand grenade be­fore mak­ing off with ap­prox­i­mately 40 watches. This fol­lowed a rob­bery in Fe­bru­ary at the same shop when €1 mil­lion was also taken.

The last theft was car­ried out by a man who was dressed like a tourist in sun­glasses and a hat, who was then joined by a sec­ond thief armed with a hand-gun. There were no in­juries, ex­cept per­haps to the nerves of the in­sur­ance com­pany bosses.

The Carl­ton Ho­tel was pre­vi­ously robbed in 1994, when gun­men stole €58 mil­lion worth of jew­ellery and watches. Also this year a neck­lace by Swiss jeweller De Griso­gono, with an es­ti­mated value of €1.9 mil­lion dis­ap­peared at a celebrity party in the re­sort town of Cap d'An­tibes, and more than €777,000 worth of jew­els were taken from the ho­tel room of an em­ployee of ex­clu­sive Swiss jew­ellers Chopard. Se­cu­rity mea­sures must be in se­ri­ous re­view as Cannes is be­com­ing much like the set of a high oc­tane heist movie.

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