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.
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 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.