Royal Oak Chronographs – Lionel Messi – Audemars Piguet Ambassador

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by Scott Greenman on July 10, 2012

in Audemars Piguet, Scott Greenman, Watch News

Lionel Messi is Proud to be a Part of Audemars Piguet

Written by Scott Greenman

Audemars Piguet releases a trilogy of Royal Oak chronographs dedicated to (arguable) the best football player in the world, Lionel Messi.

As in any fine piece of mechanical and artistic brilliance there was a collaboration of many talents. The first step in the process of making this kind of watch is for an artist to give an accurate pretrial of the end result. The Chief Artistic Officer assigned to this collection was Octavio Garcia. Octavio worked alongside Leo to come up with the design of the line. What they came up with is what I believe to be a striking tribute to one of the world’s best strikers.

“I’m proud to have played a part in the creation of the Royal Oak Leo Messi, and proud that it bears my name.”- Leo Messi

Although the Lionel Messi collection gives the impression of being a typical Royal Oak, it is not. This compilation has three defining factors that make it unique. First there is no Tapisserie motif on the dial which lends itself to a more elegant look. Second the octagonal shaped bezel is made of Tantalum, a rare metal with an esthetically pleasing color. Finally to continue the trend of bigger, but not ridiculously big watches the Leo Messi collection is 41mm in diameter instead of the classic 39mm diameter.

“In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigor and precision.” –Lionel Messi

He is right; one can all look at this watch and marvel at its beauty. One can do that for many watches, but no one can look past the precision that is Audemars Piguet.

The Leo Messi collection has the 2385 caliber which is a self-winding movement with 304 parts. Each of these parts are meticulously set into place by master watchmakers and all of the functions are tested for accuracy. I know that may not mean a lot to you, but what I can tell you is I have sold many Audemars Piguet watches and have never had someone return the watch saying it was not working or not keeping time. That is a testament to their rigorous precision that is Audemars Piguet.

If you are interested in AP, then why not look at the following articles Audermar Piguet Openworked extra thin 40th Edition  or the making of Audemars Piguet on The Watch Review Site.

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