Extreme Sports Audemars Piguet Launches Royal Oak Messi Limited Chronograph

‘Whether it is football or horology, talent and elegance are not enough. Rigor and precision are essential.’ Leo Messi. In 1875, Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet, two young passionate watchmakers, founded the Audemars Piguet watch factory in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. They had a dream then: they wanted to complete all the watchmaking processes-from the initial design to the final product-under one roof. This is a brave challenge, but combining traditional skills with innovative thinking is a very wise choice. Since then, the Audemars Piguet watch factory has perfectly combined traditional craftsmanship and innovative technology under the condition of complete independence, becoming a leader in the field of watch art. After 40 years of glorious history, the Royal Oak series, the classic of sports watches, has once again written a new chapter in watchmaking. On the occasion of the anniversary of this series, Audemars Piguet specially produced two platinum watches and launched a 41mm chronograph watch in the name of Messi, the world’s best football player. This will be the 2012 Royal Oak exclusive special edition. Three different models, limited to 1,000 pieces, the Royal Oak Leo Messi limited edition of the Royal Oak series Messi, whether it is material selection, unique design, or innovative technology, all show the famous style.
As an outstanding athlete, Messi is fascinated by Audemars Piguet’s avant-garde fashion, unique design and high-precision technology; and the long history and immortal value of Audemars Piguet. Since 2010, he has become Audemars Piguet’s brand ambassador, sharing common values ​​with this top Swiss watch brand: superior quality, honesty and reliability. It was based on these consensuses that he decided to work with Audemars Piguet. Audemars Piguet is one of the few Swiss watch factories still managed by the founder’s family.
 Some football players can fight with one enemy and one hundred to win. Some athletes are good at cooperating and motivating the potential of other players. Messi is a football player who can choose one and two. This talented Argentine football player, at the age of 24, wrote the next legend in football history. He won the Ballon d’Or three times and was selected as the best footballer several times, leading Barcelona to five La Liga titles and becoming the Champions League Triple Crown. Messi is wearing the No. 10 jersey, and has rewritten the history of football with his extraordinary skills, strong teamwork and a sense of fair competition. Elegant movement, common pursuit In 1972, Messi was not yet born. That year, Audemars Piguet introduced a highly innovative watch, carefully designed by the watch wizard Gérald Genta, named 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, gradually decreasing width stainless steel bracelet) breaks the traditional rules. Forty years later, the Royal Oak collection is still standing, continuing its elegant athletic image.
The Royal Oak Messi Limited Chronograph is limited to 1,000 pieces: 500 stainless steel / tantalum models, 400 rose / tantalum models and 100 platinum / tantalum models.
 In 2005, Messi and Audemars Piguet made their first connection. To celebrate his first La Liga title, the top Spanish football club he played for gave him a Royal Oak watch, which made him love at first sight. Between a promising Argentine player and a watch of extraordinary design, a love affair with each other has just begun. So Messi started collecting Royal Oak watches, and since then, he became the brand ambassador of Audemars Piguet in 2010. As an immortal legend, Argentina’s national team midfielder Messi stands out with his personality charm. He is loyal and loyal. He joined the club at the age of 14. 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.
Royal Oak Messi Messi limited chronograph, No. 26325TS.OO.D005CR.01, stainless steel case (41 mm), tantalum bezel, Audemars Piguet 2385 self-winding mechanical movement, power reserve about 40 hours, Geneva Côtes de Genève and perlé decoration, 18K gold one-piece automatic dial, hours, minutes, small seconds, date display, chronograph, sapphire crystal mirror surface screwed in anti-glare treatment Crown, water-resistant to 50 meters, stainless steel case engraved with ‘ROYAL OAK LIMITED EDITION (Royal Oak Limited Edition)’ and ‘LEO MESSI’, dark grey brushed dial, appliqued hour markers, Royal Oak white gold hands, treated with fluorescent coating, dark gray ‘large square scale’ hand-stitched crocodile leather strap, AP-style stainless steel folding buckle, comes with a black rubber strap, limited to 500 pieces.
 As an outstanding athlete, Messi is fascinated by Audemars Piguet’s avant-garde fashion, unique design and high-precision technology; and the long history and immortal value of Audemars Piguet. Since 2010, he has become Audemars Piguet’s brand ambassador, sharing common values ​​with this top Swiss watch brand: superior quality, honesty and reliability. It was based on these consensuses that he decided to work with Audemars Piguet. Audemars Piguet is one of the few Swiss watch factories still managed by the founder’s family. When precision and enthusiasm meet: Messi and Royal Oak series-a history of extraordinary significance Passion, precision and rigor are the values ​​shared by Messi and Audemars Piguet. Obviously, the cooperation between the world’s best players and Le Brassus is about to begin … ‘To break the rules, you must first master them’-follow The brand concept has always been, Audemars Piguet decided to break the deep-rooted elemental characteristics of the Royal Oak series, launched this limited edition of 1,000 watches: the watch has a larger size, crocodile leather strap instead of stainless steel bracelet, Redesign the dial without following the traditional Tapisserie plaid pattern, and use a material rarely used in watchmaking-tantalum.
Royal Oak Messi Limited Edition Chronograph engraved with the words ‘ROYAL OAK LIMITED EDITION’ and ‘Leo Messi’
Royal Oak’s first 41mm limited edition chronograph
 The limited edition of the Royal Oak Messi watch is limited to 1,000 pieces (available in stainless steel / tantalum, rose gold / tantalum, and platinum / tantalum), which is unique and unique. The 41 mm diameter gives it a stylish, atmospheric yet unobtrusive character. At the same time, this limited edition model replaces the traditional stainless steel bracelet with a crocodile leather strap and attaches a more sporty rubber strap. The elegant and simple dial of the Royal Oak Collection Messi Limited Edition does not follow the iconic ‘Tapisserie’ pattern of the Royal Oak Collection. The stainless steel and rose gold models feature a vertical grey brushed dark gray dial with white and rose gold hour markers, while the platinum model has a dark blue dial with white gold indexes. The periphery of the three models of the chronograph and small seconds is decorated with a fine ring-shaped brushed silver ring.
Royal Oak Collection Messi Limited Edition watch, No. 26325OL.OO.D005CR.01, 18K rose gold case (41mm), tantalum bezel, Audemars Piguet 2385 self-winding mechanical movement, 40 hours power reserve, Geneva wave Côtes de Genève and pearl dot perlé decoration, rhodium-plated, 18K gold one-piece automatic dial, hours, minutes, small seconds, date display, chronograph, sapphire crystal glass Glare treatment, screw-down crown, water resistant to 50 meters, 18K rose gold case back engraved with ‘ROYAL OAK LIMITED EDITION’ and ‘LEO MESSI’, dark grey brushed polished dial, Rose gold applied hour-markers, Royal Oak rose gold hands, fluorescent coating, dark gray ‘large square scale’ hand-stitched crocodile leather strap, 18K rose gold AP word clasp, and one black included Limited edition of 400 rubber straps.
 The bezel of the Royal Oak Messi Limited Edition watch is equipped with 8 white gold polished hexagon screws, and the connection of the strap 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. 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 equipped with an original shoe box-shaped original watch case with a piano lacquered surface and the name of Messi printed on the inside. This Royal Oak chronograph is equipped with a 2385 self-winding mechanical movement with hours, minutes, small seconds, date display and chronograph performance. The movement has 304 components, a 40-hour power reserve, and a vibration frequency (3 Hz) of 21,600 times per hour. Equipped with 18K gold one-piece automatic disc.
Ref. 26325PL.OO.D310CR.01, platinum case (41 mm), tantalum bezel, Audemars Piguet 2385 self-winding mechanical movement, 40 hours power reserve, Côtes de Genève and pearl circle Perlé decoration, 18K gold one-piece automatic dial, hours, minutes, small seconds, date display, chronograph, sapphire crystal glass with anti-glare treatment, screw-in crown, waterproof 50 meters, platinum bottom Engraved with ‘ROYAL OAK LIMITED EDITION (Royal Oak Series Limited Edition)’ and ‘Leo Messi’, dark blue brushed polished dial, inlaid hour markers, Royal Oak white gold hands, fluorescent coating, dark blue The ‘large square scale’ hand-stitched crocodile leather strap with platinum AP word folding buckle comes with a black rubber strap. Limited edition of 100 pieces.
 Messi said: On the football field, I think it is necessary to be rigorous and pragmatic and to pursue the beauty of action; the action must be precise and decisive; the work and relaxation must be relaxed. In fact, the field of football is like the field of watches and clocks. If there is no strict and precise experience, ability and elegant posture is just a nothingness shell. Royal Oak watches are both sports timepieces and luxury watches. I was lucky to receive this gift in 2005, my first Royal Oak watch. I immediately fell in love with this watch, which is unique in design, powerful and distinctive. Gradually, the love for it grew day by day, so I started to collect this series of watches. And I started to understand the outstanding value of Audemars Piguet: respect for tradition, pursuit of quality, innovation and style.
The Royal Oak Messi Messi Limited Chronograph is limited to 1,000 pieces: 500 steel / tantalum models, 400 rose / tantalum models and 100 platinum / tantalum models. Each watch is equipped with an original shoe box-shaped original watch case with a piano lacquered surface and the name of Messi printed on the inside.
 I also found that in the field of haute horlogerie, Audemars Piguet is one of the few watchmakers still under the control of the founder’s family to maintain its independent operation. I particularly appreciate this. Because today’s business world is always controlled by those big groups, I think the word ‘independence’ will become synonymous with ‘courage’ in the future. If courage is lacking in elegance, it becomes meaningless. So is football. You can take the ball across all your opponents to complete the most beautiful technical moves; but in the end, if your team fails, your superb skills will be meaningless. I am honored to participate in the design of the Royal Oak Collection Messi limited edition watch, and I am honored to name my watch under my name.