Audemars Piguet has launched two special edition Royal Oaks in collaboration with footballer Lionel Messi, part of its 40th anniversary celebrations which are taking place during 2012.
The brand has created two watches, one in stainless steel and a second in platinum, with Lionel Messi branding on the case back, both 41mm and limited to 400 and 100 pieces respectively.
The first model, Ref: 26325TS.OO.D005CR.01 is the stainless steel model with a tantalum bezel and a steel case back engraved with Royal Oak Limited Edition and Lionel Messi.
It has a brushed anthracite dial, appliqué hour markers and Royal Oak hands in white gold.
The second model, the Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition Ref: 26325PL.OO.D310CR.01, is available in just 100 pieces, with a platinum case and manufacture Calibre 2385, self-winding movement.
It has the same Royal Oak and Lionel Messi engraving and a brushed dark blue dial in reference to Messi’s Argentinean roots and the blue of his Barcelona football shirt.
Its blue crocodile leather strap has been hand-stitched, with an AP folding clasp in platinum and a second black rubber strap.