Lionel Messi has been running on a high streak after winning the 4th Balon d’Or award this year. It is was in light of that achievement that Japanese jeweler Ginza Tenaka created the 25 Kg pure gold left foot artifact of only 100 pieces made in honour of the player. The winner of the auction can also be excited for a special reason; he/she will get a chance to meet the legendary footballer in Barcelona in Spain earlier this year. Now the Argentine footballer has associated himself with the luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet, who has created the No.10 Royal Oak Offshore Leo Messi watch, later stated to go on auction via Sotheby’s Geneva. Limited to a series of just 100 pieces, this particular 41mm chronograph watch is only the 10th in line of the watches made in honour of the player . The winner of the auction can also be excited for a special reason; he/she will get a chance to meet the legendary footballer in Barcelona, Spain.
To create that special enigma, Sotheby’s has ensured that the lot no. at the auction is 110, which matches closely with the No.10 jersey that Messi wears for his matches with FC Barcelona and Argentina. At the event in Geneva, a national team member of the Argentinean soccer team will accompany the watch, along with an original jersey autographed by Leo and Audemars Piguet Chief Artistic Officer Octavia Garcia.
Like Messi has done before, there will be a charitable angle to his association with the luxury watch brand; the proceeds of the auction will be landing up with his charity organization ‘Leo Messi Foundation’, which is working towards setting up a children’s’ hospital in his home town of Rosario.
Coming to the special timepiece, it is a 41 mm wide chronograph in platinum, created in a limited edition series of just 1000 units. The watch has a deep blue dial with white gold hour markings, and no repetition of the ‘tapisserie’ as seen on other Audemars Piguet watches.
Functionalities include small seconds, seconds, hours, and minutes, apart from a date counter near the 5 ‘o’clock position. For those that need to know about the engine, it is self winding mechanical Calibre 2385, which has 304 components and also has a 40-hour power reserve. The vibration rate is 21,600 vibrations per hour, and also has an 18k gold oscillating weight.
For those that may not like this blue edition of the watch, there is the steel and rose gold edition. 500 of the steel edition, 400 of the rose gold, and only 100 in platinum will make the total 1,000 numbered pieces of the special edition watch. The current price is $84,552 (CHF 80,000) in retail stores, but for the auction, there seems to be no official estimate. But before that, there will be a bit of a world tour in Hong Kong, London, Zurich, and then finally in Geneva at Sotheby’s sites, where collectors and fans can get a glimpse of the time piece.