The Ballon d’Or is to soccer (or soccer, in case you’re dwelling on the opposite aspect of the Atlantic) what the Oscars are to the movie business and the GPHG’s Aiguille d’Or is to the watchmaking business… And this 12 months, the title goes to Lionel Messi, thus honoring his spectacular efficiency over the earlier 12 months. And, along with the golden ball-shaped trophy that he’ll be capable of admire in his home, he’ll additionally be capable of ponder his victory on the wrist, with a devoted Purnell Ballon d’Or watch the place the tourbillon takes on the form of a ball.
HERE IS THE WINNER!
SEVEN BALLON D’OR FOR LIONEL MESSI! #ballondor pic.twitter.com/U2SywJmruC
— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@francefootball) November 29, 2021
Merely essentially the most prestigious particular person award for soccer gamers, the Ballon d’Or (or golden ball) is offered by French information journal France Soccer and present since 1956, it honours the female and male gamers deemed to have carried out the perfect over the earlier 12 months, primarily based on an election performed by a panel of worldwide journalists. And this 12 months, for the sixty fifth version of the award, the Ballon d’Or has been awarded to Lionel Messi, now taking part in for French crew PSG.
And there’s extra to the award than simply the trophy, as Messi additionally acquired a moderately spectacular watch, a novel Purnell Ballon d’Or 2021 in gold. Primarily based on Purnell’s Escape II mannequin, this watch has been co-created with master-watchmaker Eric Coudray. Housed in a 48mm gold case, the motion is constructed round a tourbillon, with its cage taking the form of a ball making a whole rotation in 30 seconds. And the 2 barrel covers are every engraved with devoted texts associated to the trophy. The winner of the Ballon d’Or (and likewise the feminine winner) could have the watch engraved by hand together with his identify by the artist Juliane Coulet.
Additionally, there will probably be a industrial version of this watch, launched in a restricted version of 8 items, with a carbon and gold case, as you may see under in our photographs performed throughout Dubai Watch Week 2021… a watch priced at a whopping CHF 330,000.
For extra particulars concerning the distinctive Purnell Ballon d’Or watch and the restricted version mannequin, please go to purnellwatches.com.