- A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION SOLD TO BENEFIT THE LEO MESSI FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN IN NEED
NO 010/100 CASE H57474-0010 MVT 807055 ROYAL OAK LEO MESSI LIMITED EDITION CIRCA 2012
It is an immense privilege for Sotheby’s to be presenting this limited edition Royal Oak Leo Messi wristwatch in aid of the Leo Messi Foundation.
Leo Messi is known as one of the best footballers in the world and is the holder of many records. At the age of just 25 he has already won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award four consecutive times. The Argentinian has made a huge impact on football with his exceptional technique and exemplary sense of team work and fair play. In 2012, he scored no less than 91 goals in 69 matches a new world record.
Having been an ambassador for Audemars Piguet since 2010, Leo Messi collaborated with the brand to produce this Royal Oak limited edition chronograph, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak – a timeless icon of sporting elegance.
This striking watch with elegant dial comes without the standard ‘tapisserie’ motif which is common place on Royal Oak models. It has a deep blue dial with three subsidiary dial which are encircled by a finely brushed silvered ring. This watch being number 10 in a limited series of only 100 pieces in platinum is especially significant as it is Leo Messi’s number as striker for FC Barcelona and Argentina.
The proceeds of the sale of this watch will be given in their entirety to the Leo Messi Foundation. Created in 2007 by Leo Messi with the support of his family, the mission of the foundation is to help children and adolescents at risk. Whether in Argentina or the rest of the world, the Foundation concentrates on projects aiming to improve health (especially fighting against child cancers and the Chagas disease) as well as to support education.
“I bring my full support and express my sincere gratitude to every initiative contributing to the Foundation’s projects. The funds raised in this auction will allow us to rehabilitate the Children Public Hospital in my home city of Rosario”.
- Leo Messi.
The watch is accompanied by a signed number 10 jersey and football along with the original drawing of the watch signed by the footballer and Audemars Piguet’s Chief Artistic Officier, Octavio Garcia. The successful bidder will also be given the opportunity to meet the football legend in person in Barcelona.
This watch is being sold for charity and therefore has not been given an auction estimate, the current suggested retail price is CHF 80,000.