Currently, Lionel Messi is adorned in Patek.
Although the Argentine soccer legend possesses a vast assortment of timepieces from various brands, he has recently been favoring the family-owned Genevan timepiece. A platinum Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5270P was in his possession when he attended the Best FIFA Football Awards in Paris in February of last year. Many months beforehand, he donned a white-gold Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Reference 5740/1G to the World Cup. He presently dozes off an Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968G in white gold.
On Wednesday, Messi donned the Patek before his Leagues Cup match at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. In the inaugural incarnation, the forward’s two goals helped Inter Miami advance to the round of 16 by defeating Orlando City 3-1. Again, he demonstrated the sophistication and accuracy of a chronometer on the field.
Patek introduced the Aquanaut Chronograph in white gold (Ref. 5968G) in 2021. The $75,700 model features a checkerboard dial in khaki or midnight blue. Messi selected a visage in midnight blue with a fringe tapering into black.
The white-gold casing, which has a satin finish, encases the intricate mechanisms of the watch and has a diameter of slightly over 42 mm. It has a water resistance of 120 meters or 394 feet. The convex octagonal shape of the bezel is complemented by a 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock and a date display at 3 o’clock. The flyback function of the caliber CH 28-520 C self-winding mechanical movement converts the center chronograph hand into a perpetual seconds hand.
To match the dial, the composite strap is blue. The watchmaker’s innovative fold-over clasp has four independent catches for strength and longevity.
Leo Messi wears Rolex and Audemars Piguet in addition to Patek. In 2021, the footballer joined Paris Saint-Germain under a $80 million contract while adorned with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master and an AP limited-edition Royal Oak. He places Patek as his primary concern in 2023.