AUDEMARS PIGUET The Royal Oak Leo Messi achieves CHF 81.250
Audemars Piguet’s No 10 limited edition watch made in honour of the world’s best footballer was bought by a U.S. private collector.
The watch generated interest from across the world, with no fewer than five bidders in the auction room, in Geneva, on the telephones and online locking horns in a battle to secure it. After five minutes of intense bidding, applause erupted as the watch sold to a U.S. private collector on the phone. The entire proceeds from the sale will benefit the Leo Messi Foundation.
Worn by Leo Messi in the photograph above and designed with his collaboration, this 41 mm chronograph in platinum is the tenth watch produced by Audemars Piguet in a limited series of only 100 pieces dedicated to the player. The successful buyer also won the opportunity to meet the football legend in person in Barcelona. Lot 110 in the sale (a nod to Leo Messi’s number 10 FC Barcelona and Argentina shirts), the watch was accompanied by an Argentina national team’s number 10 jersey and a football, both autographed by Messi, and the original drawing of the watch signed by the footballer and Audemars Piguet’s Chief Artistic Officer, Octavio Garcia.
Commenting on the results of the sale, Geoffroy Ader, Head of Watches, Sotheby’s Europe, declared: “It was a huge honour for Sotheby’s to handle the sale of the No.10 Royal Oak Leo Messi. We are delighted by the result achieved today. This sale has not only made a watch and football lover very happy, it also contributed to the great work of the Leo Messi Foundation.”
Leo Messi said: “I am sincerely grateful to Audemars Piguet, Sotheby's and the buyer of the No.10 Royal Oak watch bearing my name. Their generosity will help Leo Messi Foundation to renovate “La Sala I” at the Children Public Hospital in my home city of Rosario, creating better conditions for all underprivileged children who are hospitalised. It is a wonderful cause and one I am proud to share and support with everyone who believes in it”.
At just 25 years old, Leo Messi has already become a footballing legend. The first player in history to win four consecutive Ballon d’Or, the Argentinian has made a huge impact on the game of football, with his exceptional technique and exemplary sense of teamwork and fair play. In 2012, he scored no less than 91 goals in 69 matches – a new world record.
The Royal Oak Chronograph Leo Messi was launched by Audemars Piguet in 2012, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak – a timeless icon of sporting elegance. The Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition in platinum features a pure and smart deep blue dial with white gold hour markers, without repeating the “tapisserie” motif which was the Royal Oak’s trademark. The three auxiliary chronograph counters and the small seconds counter are encircled by a finely brushed silvered ring.
THE LEO MESSI FOUNDATION
The Leo Messi Foundation, launched by Leo Messi with the support of his family in 2007, strives to ensure that children around the world enjoy equal opportunities to make their dreams come true. Since its foundation, 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.
“I reached my dream of becoming a footballer and I want you to know that I fought hard to get here and that I have to fight even harder to stay here.Today, I want to use my own efforts and my own success to help those children in most need because it moves me daily to see a child smile, when he thinks there is hope or when I see that he feels happy. That is why we decided to create the Leo Messi Foundation and I will keep fighting to make children happy with the same enthusiasm and dedication that drive me in pursuing my football career.” (Leo Messi)
Further details on the Foundation can be found at www.fundacionleomessi.org.
The No. 10 Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition
Platinum 41 mm case, tantalum bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal. Screw-locked crown. Water-resistant to 50m. 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 lignes). Thickness: 5.50 mm . 37 jewels. 304 parts. Minimum power reserve: approx. 40 hours.
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3Hz). Adorned with Côtes de Genève and circular-grained Rhodiumed Monobloc 18-carat gold oscillating weight.
Audemars Piguet is one of the few independent family-owned watch businesses and has been based in Le Brassus, in Switzerland's Vallée de Joux region, at the heart of the fine watchmaking industry, ever since the company was first established in 1875.Find out more >
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