Swiss luxury watch manufacture Audemars Piguet unveils a very special limited edition timepiece – the Royal Oak offshore chronograph Lebron James – to celebrate its association with Lebron James, one of the most talented, powerful and accomplished basketball players of all time.
The Royal Oak offshore descended from the Iconic Royal Oak and has gone on to become one of the most sought after sports watches ever made. The decision to collaborate with Audemars Piguet on the creation of a limited edition of 600 pieces is a natural result of Lebron’s elegant personal style, and the combination of unabashed masculinity and bold design that’s been the hallmark of the Royal Oak offshore since it first debuted twenty years ago.
The 18k pink gold case lends an air of luxurious richness while at the same time underscoring the powerful geometry of the case, and is set off by the cool, almost silken sheen of the titanium bezel. The rich combination of pink gold and grey metal is further underscored by the grey “Méga Tapisserie” dial, with its pink gold applied Arabic numerals and pink gold hands.
A further discreet touch of luxury is the single diamond set into the chronograph pushpiece at two o’clock with both pushers, as well as the crown, made in black ceramic.
The selection of grey as a colour for the hand-stitched crocodile strap is an unusual choice as well, giving this powerfully proportioned, 44mm timepiece an undeniably urban feel that was important in satisfying Lebron’s vision of this limited edition as an exercise in both masculinity and elegance.
Lebron’s signature is printed in blue on the sapphire crystal display back, through which the 22 carat, partially openworked oscillating weight for the lavishly decorated, self-winding chronograph calibre 3126/3840 is visible.
Reference: 26210OI.OO.A109CR.01 18-carat pink gold case Titanium bezel Limited Edition of 600
Mechanical self-winding movement with driving hour & minute hands, small seconds, date display and chronograph functions
Total diameter: 29.92 mm (13 ¼ lines)
Casing diameter: 26 mm
Thickness: 7.16 mm.
59 jewels and 365 parts
Up to 55-hour power reserve
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 hz)
Finishing & decoration: mainplate circular grained, bridges rhodiumed, bevelled, snailed and adorned with Côtes de Genève, diamond-polished jewel sinks, diamond-polished countersinks and bevelled wheel spokes, bevelled screw rims. Partially openworked 22-carat gold oscillating weight with anthracite galvanic treatment and raised Audemars Piguet logo.
18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case-back, case-back engraved with the legend “royal oak offshore limited edition lebron James”, lbJ signature printed in blue on the sapphire crystal, titanium bezel, black ceramic crown, black ceramic push-pieces, diamond-set pushpiece at 2 o’clock, pink gold and grey rubber push-piece guards, water-resistant to 100 m.
Grey dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, grey counters, pink gold applied Arabic numerals, pink gold hands with luminescent coating, grey inner bezel.
Hand-stitched “large square scale” grey crocodile strap with 18-carat pink gold pin buckle. Grey rubber additional strap.
Straight from high school, Lebron James was selected by the Cleveland cavaliers in 2003 and set a record (for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his first game) right at the outset, scoring 25 points. He was to go on to become, while with the team, a two time All-star game MVP winner, and rapidly becoming known for his incredible combination of sheer physical power and remarkable agility. He has three Olympic medals to his credit as well – a bronze in 2004 and gold in 2008 and 2012. His controversial move to the Miami’s basketball team in 2010 put him under enormous public scrutiny and pressure.
But ultimately, the experience proved transformative for Lebron by reinforcing the spirit of teamwork and positive experience on the court that had always been at the heart of his ability to play at the top of his game. The results speak for themselves – in 2012 and 2013, he led the Miami team to back-to-back NBA championships. It was a spectacular 18-month period. not only did Lebron win two NBA championships, he was also chosen twice as the NBA Finals MVP and helped lead the American Olympic basketball “dream Team” to a gold medal. This is the second time in the history of the game that a player has been an NBA champion, MVP, and Olympic gold Medallist. Lebron is the brand ambassador of Audemars Piguet watches and also known as the founder of the Lebron James Family Foundation.
Lebron James Family Foundation
The Lebron James Family Foundation is a community-based initiative founded by Lebron James and based in his home town of Akron, Ohio. Working in collaboration with public education institutions, the LJFF works to help students stay in school and excel academically.
The LJFF addresses one of the most alarming statistics in American education: every 26 seconds, a high school student drops out. This is why the Foundation partners with other charity organisations to provide further support and encouragement for students to complete their high school education.
Whether it’s through athletics programs, after-school study support, or the providing of books and other educational material, the LJFF and its partners continue year after year to expand their activities and help make sure that kids stay in school, on track, and get the tools they need to graduate, building a strong foundation for success in life.