Leo Messi and Audemars Piguet - Limited Edition Leo Messi Royal Oak Watch

Sep 11, 2012
Leo Messi, a living legend in the world of football, the Argentine national team’s player, has been Audemars Piguet’s ambassador since 2010. Messi discovered the brand’s timepieces in 2005. To congratulate the footballer on his first Liga title, the executives of his Spanish club presented him with his first Royal Oak watch. The brilliant footballer greatly appreciated the timepiece and started to collect Royal Oak models.

The first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak model was born in 1972. The revolutionary timepiece was designed by Gérald Genta. Its 39mm case, with an octagonal bezel, was crafted in steel and teamed with a tapered steel bracelet. It was animated by an ultra-thin self-winding movement. The model was sold at an amazingly high price and rightfully won the title of the first luxury sports watch. Today, the Royal Oak is still an icon of sporting elegance.

Leo Messi and Audemars Piguet are united by such values as passion, precision, and rigor. Since 2010, they have successfully continued their collaboration. To mark the model’s 40th anniversary and celebrate their continuous friendship, Audemars Piguet has created the Limited Edition Leo Messi Royal Oak watch.

The novelty is limited to 1000 pieces. It has been created in three variations – steel and tantalum (500 pieces), pink gold and tantalum (400 pieces) and platinum and tantalum (100 pieces). The 41mm case is presented with an alligator strap and with an extra sportier rubber strap that have replaced the traditional steel bracelet.

The pure and elegant dial lacks the “tapisserie” motif that was the collection’s trademark. The dial is vertically brushed anthracite. The steel version is completed with hour markers in white gold, while the pink gold version has pink gold hour markers. As for the platinum version, its deep blue dial features white gold hour markers. All three versions sport three chronograph sub-dials and the small seconds sub-dial framed by a nicely brushed silvered ring.

The bezel of the watch is secured by the collection’s distinctive eight hexagonal screws in polished white gold. The bezel as well as the fastening links of the strap are rendered in tantalum, the material highly valued for its very strong resistance to corrosion and high density.

The new Audemars Piguet watch is animated by a self-winding mechanical movement - Calibre 2385. The 304-part mechanism, built with a single-block 18K gold oscillating weight, operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. It provides a 40-hour power reserve. It offers hours, minutes, small seconds, date and chronograph functions.

The new Audemars Piguet Limited Edition Leo Messi Royal Oak watch is delivered in an original case in the shape of a lacquered shoe box bearing on the inside the footballer’s dedication.

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