Ryan Glasspiegel
Thursday October 3rd, 2013

LeBron James Audemars Piguet Watch Audemars Piguet

Part of LeBron James' gearing up for his title defense this offseason involved literal gears, as he partnered with luxury Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet to create a limited-edition timepiece that will retail for $51,500.

CNBC provides the specifics:

The watch, called the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, comes with an 18-karat pink gold case, black ceramic and diamond set push pieces, and a hand-stitched gray crocodile strap. Six-hundred of these watches went on sale at the end of September.

"Anytime I do anything or have a partnership with anyone that has my name on it, I like to have a lot of personal trace in it," said James, whose signature is printed in blue on the sapphire crystal in the back of the watch.

To repeat: hand-stitched gray crocodile strap.

Other professional athletes who have partnered with Audemars Piguet include Michael Schumacher (price range: $42,500-$110,000) and Leo Messi (on sale for just $48,858). If you have that kind of scratch, there are certainly worse ways to spend it. [CNBC via ProBasketballTalk]

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