PARIS — Two thieves have made away with luxury watches believed to be worth around 800,000 euros, or $1.1 million at current exchange, from a store belonging to Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in central Paris, in the latest high-profile jewelry heist to strike the French capital in recent months.


Authorities are looking for two individuals who escaped with 19 high-value timepieces after the hold-up on Thursday afternoon at the store on Rue Saint-Honoré in the tony 1st arrondissement, a police spokesman said, without providing additional details.


According to local media reports, the suspects are a man and a woman who pretended to be customers before pulling a weapon on store staff. Officials at Audemars Piguet were not immediately available to comment.


In October, thieves stole luxury watches worth an estimated 1 million euros, or $1.36 million, from the Vacheron-Constantin boutique on Rue de la Paix. In September, a gang rammed a car into the window of a jewelry store on Rue de Castiglione and made off with several bags of jewelry.