The 33-year-old was shot multiple times in his legs and groin when his six-digit watch was stolen Richard Mille is a French-born cryptocurrency expert who flaunted his watches on social networks.
Pierrick Jamaux told police a man demanded his watch as soon as he and his companions got out of an Uber at their downtown hotel on Friday morning, then shot him dead before he could react, according to police sources.
Jamaux, who was with his model wife, Sarah Watts, 26, and another woman, was returning to the Fifty Hotel and Suites at 155 East 50th St. from the Sapphire 39 strip club on West 39th street.
As Jamaux fell to the ground from gunshot wounds, his attacker leaned over him trying to grab something, sources said.
Then Jamaux’s companion, a 25-year-old woman, jumped on the shooter’s back before he pushed her away and ran away, sources said.
Jamaux was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he had multiple entry and exit wounds to both legs, sources said.
Five casings were recovered from the scene.
Watts was seen leaving Bellevue Hospital on Saturday afternoon but declined to comment on her husband.
Jamaux, a French-born now living in Hong Kong, is one of the founders of an online banking platform called Hi, which says it’s a “next-gen crypto exchange and… ‘a mobile banking application, for savings, investments and payments’.
His company bio says he is a “lifestyle guru”.
Jamaux’s Instagram account shows him and his wife, an Australian model, out on the town in Hong Kong and Paris, enjoying caviar and champagne.
In a photo from December, Jamaux has his arm around his wife in a Hong Kong restaurant with what appears to be a Richard Mille watch on her wrist.
Some of the company’s watches are made in limited editions or from unique materials, including one with an alloy developed by NASA for use on the wings of supersonic aircraft, according to a report. Some models cost over a million dollars.
The company’s website lists singer Pharrell Williams, golfer Bubba Watson and actor John Malkovich as “friends and partners”.
The suspect who shot Jamaux was still at large on Saturday. Sources said he could be seen in surveillance video entering a hallway and then reappearing seconds later in light-colored clothing. He walked north on Lexington and dropped a dark package into a trash can.
Another person could be seen picking up the package several minutes later, sources said.
Additional reporting by Griffin Kelly