‘Whether it is football or horology, talent and elegance are not enough. Rigor and precision are essential.’ ——Leo Messi
Elegant movement, common pursuit
In 1972, Lionel Messi was not yet born. It was that year that Audemars Piguet introduced a highly innovative watch, designed by watch genius Gérald Genta, called Royal Oak. It is made of stainless steel and equipped with an ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement, which is comparable to gold. The first luxury sports watch was born. Its aesthetic design (octagonal bezel, 39 mm diameter case, stainless steel bracelet) breaks the traditional rules. Forty years later, the Royal Oak series is still youthful and continues its elegant athletic image.
In 2005, Lionel Messi and Audemars Piguet made their first connection. To celebrate his first La Liga title, the top manager of the Spanish football club he played with presented him with a Royal Oak watch, which made him love at first sight. Between a promising Argentinian player and a maverick watch, a love affair that has only just met each other has just begun. So Lionel Messi started collecting Royal Oak watches, and since then, he has naturally become the face of the 2010 Audemars Piguet.
Messi limited edition self-winding chronograph with date display and small seconds at 6 o’clock
Lionel Messi and Audemars Piguet share values of excellence
As an immortal legend, Argentine national team midfielder Lionel Messi stands out with his personality charm.
He is loyal and loyal. He joined the club at the age of 14, and he still plays for the club to this day. He is generous, and he founded a foundation in 2007 to help poor children, provide them with educational opportunities and medical services. He is selflessly dedicated and is the face of the UNICEF. He is loyal to his family and is impressed by the family that has supported his football career.
As an outstanding athlete, Lionel Messi is fascinated by Audemars Piguet’s avant-garde fashion, unique design, high-precision technology and the long history and immortal value of Audemars Piguet. Since 2010, he has become the image spokesperson for Audemars Piguet, sharing common values with this top Swiss watch brand: superior quality, authenticity and reliability. It was based on these consensuses that he decided to collaborate with Audemars Piguet. Audemars Piguet is one of the few Swiss watch factories still managed by the founder’s family.
Passion, precision and rigor are the values shared by Lionel Messi and Audemars Piguet. Obviously, the cooperation between the world’s best players and Le Brassus will definitely deepen …
‘To break the rules, you must first master them’-in accordance with the usual brand philosophy, Audemars Piguet decided to break the ingrained elemental characteristics of the Royal Oak series and launch this limited edition 1000 models: This watch has a larger size. The crocodile leather strap replaces the stainless steel bracelet, redesigns the dial without the traditional ‘Tapisserie’ check pattern, and uses a material that is rarely used in watchmaking. -Tantalum.
Royal Oak Edition Limitée Leo Messi Limited edition of 1000 pieces (available in stainless steel / tantalum, rose / tantalum or platinum / tantalum) ), Unique and unique. The 41 mm diameter gives it a stylish, atmospheric yet unobtrusive character. At the same time, this limited edition model abandons the traditional stainless steel bracelet and instead uses a crocodile leather strap with a more sporty rubber strap.
Royal Oak Leo Messi The elegant and simple dial of the Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition watch does not follow the Royal Oak’s signature ‘Tapisserie’ check pattern. The stainless steel and rose gold models feature a vertical satin-finished dark gray dial with white and rose gold hour markers, while the platinum model has a dark blue dial with white gold indexes. The three chronograph dials and the small seconds of the three models have a fine silver-plated and circular satin finish.
The bezel of the Royal Oak Edition Limitée Leo Messi watch is equipped with 8 white gold polished hexagon screws, and the strap connection is made of tantalum metal, which slightly glows blue-gray. These unique shades come from the use of tantalum, which has amazing corrosion resistance and extremely high density (its density is twice that of steel), making it extremely difficult to machine and polish it
Royal Oak First 41 mm Chronograph Limited Edition
This model is limited to 1,000 pieces: 500 stainless steel / tantalum models, 400 rose / tantalum models and 100 platinum / tantalum models. Each watch is housed in an original shoebox-shaped original case, with the interior lacquered with Messi’s message.
This Royal Oak Chronograph is equipped with a 2385 automatic mechanical movement with hours, minutes, small seconds, date display and chronograph functions. The movement has 304 components, a power reserve of 40 hours and a vibration frequency (3 Hz) of 21,600 times per hour. The watch is made of 18K gold one-piece rotor.