Audemars Piguet offers philanthropist collectors and dedicated football fans a chance to bid for the platinum Royal Oak Chronograph Leo Messi bearing number 10. In Sotheby’s upcoming spring sale to be held on May 11th 2013 in Geneva, this exceptional model will be put up for auction on behalf of the Leo Messi foundation.
This is the piece collectors have been eagerly awaiting since the launch of the Royal Oak Leo Messi limited series with its tantalum bezel and steel, pink gold or platinum case. Its 41 mm diameter gives it a generous and modern appearance without any trace of ostentation. Its pure and elegant dial does not bear the Royal Oak collection’s characteristic “tapisserie” motif, instead featuring a deep blue shade graced with white gold hour-markers for the 100-piece platinum limited edition.
An Audemars Piguet ambassador since 2010, Leo Messi proudly bears the number 10 on his jersey both in the Argentinean national team and in his adoptive club where he has been playing since the age of 13. Acknowledged as the world’s best football player for the past four years and the holder of several records, in 2012 Leo Messi notably achieved the remarkable performance of scoring 91 goals in 69 matches.
Admirers of the soccer legend of our time will be able to bid on lot no. 110 in the auction. The funds thus raised will be entirely donated to the Leo Messi Foundation that strives to help underprivileged children and offer them a chance to fulfil their dreams.
On show in Hong Kong (from April 3rd to 8th) and in London (from April 12th to 15th), and then in Sotheby’s Zurich (from May 2nd to 3rd) and Geneva (from May 9th to 10th) offices, the Royal Oak Leo Messinumber 10 in platinum will be presented for the first time on a rubber strap. It will be accompanied by an autographed T-shirt as well as the original sketch of the watch signed by the player and by Audemars Piguet’s Chief Artistic Officer, Octavio Garcia. Moreover, the fortunate top bidder for this lot will enjoy the exceptional opportunity to watch a football match of Barcelona as well as to meet the legendary footballer in person.
Model: Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition
Case, dial & strap
Platinum 41 mm case, tantalum bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50
Platinum case-back engraved with the inscriptions “ROYAL OAK LIMITED EDITION” and “LEO MESSI”, numbered 10/100
Dark blue satin-brushed dial, applied hour-markers, white gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
Black rubber strap with platinum AP folding clasp, second hand-sewn strap in dark blue crocodile leather with large square scales.
Manufacture Calibre 2385, selfwinding
Total diameter: 26.20 mm (11 ½ lines)
Thickness: 5.50 mm
Minimum power reserve: approx. 40 hours
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3Hz)
Adorned with Côtes de Genève and circular-grained
Monobloc 18-carat gold oscillating weight
Leo Messi Foundation
The Leo Messi Foundation stems from an initiative launched by Leo Messi with the support of his family and striving to ensure that children around the world enjoy equal opportunities to make their dreams come true. Since 2007, it has been working tirelessly to accomplish its mission on behalf of children and adolescents whose health is at risk. Whether on a national or international level, the projects conducted by the Foundation all focus on education and health, particularly the battle against childhood cancer and Chagas disease.