facebook pixel
  • Watch Certification Services of America100% Certified Authentic

    BOB’S WATCHES

    The Trusted Name in Authenticated Luxury Timepieces

    Every watch on our site is 100% certified authentic. Certificates are issued by WatchCSA, the industry's leading independent authority on watch authentication.

  • SIGN IN

BOB’S WATCHES

ROLEX BLOG

A Custom Patek Nautilus for Louis Vuitton and Off-White Designer, Virgil Abloh

May 7, 2019

BY Jared Paul Stern

SHARE

The other day GQ noticed that Louis Vuitton menswear and Off-White designer, Virgil Abloh was sporting a rather unique watch. Kanye West’s longtime creative collaborator appeared to be wearing a one-of-a-kind blacked-out Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 5726.

Abloh

A standard Nautilus ref 5726 before any customization work gets started. (Image: Patek Philippe).

A Likely Source

While most Nautilus wearers aren’t the type to get their watches blacked out, Abloh is nothing if not a provocateur who goes against the grain. Doing a little digging GQ identified the timepiece as the work of watch customizers Mad Paris, who have previously blacked out and bejeweled various Royal Oak and Rolex models, and who bring a high-end streetwear vibe to the luxury watch game.

While Mad Paris would neither confirm nor deny that they created Abloh’s watch, due to the facts provided about how the timepiece was made, GQ concludes that they must have been the ones responsible. To achieve its blacked-out appearance, the naughty Nautilus is coated in DLC or diamond-like carbon, a step up from a PVD coating.

Creating a Blacked-Out Nautilus for Abloh

Lheureux says that the process of creating the watch, which began its life as a stock Nautilus 5726/1A with annual calendar and moonphase complication (retail price: $45,930), took two full months. As the model is much in demand, simply acquiring a donor watch took some time. And as a first step the entire watch had to be completely disassembled.

Every piece was then washed, polished, brushed, or sandblasted before the DLC coating was applied, GQ notes. To do this, they go into a specialized vacuum chamber;  after preheating, a gas is released into the chamber that completely covers the pieces of the watch, in a process known as “ionic pulverization.” The Nautilus was then painstakingly reassembled.

Finally, Mad Paris put a tiny pair of quotation marks around the Patek logo on the dial. This is a reference to Abloh’s signature designs for Off-White, which often contain ironic quotation marks referencing luxury goods and apparel pieces as a commodity. It should be noted that doing this to your own Nautilus could in fact have a negative impact on its value. But we have to admit it’s pretty cool.

WATCHES YOU MIGHT LIKE

SHARE

Leave a Reply

  • This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

    Error: API requests are being delayed. New posts will not be retrieved.

    There may be an issue with the Instagram access token that you are using. Your server might also be unable to connect to Instagram at this time.

    Error: API requests are being delayed for this account. New posts will not be retrieved.

    There may be an issue with the Instagram access token that you are using. Your server might also be unable to connect to Instagram at this time.

  • Get The Best Deals - Buy A Rolex
    Sell A Rolex

    "The most trusted place to buy or sell a used luxury timepiece" – WSJ

    • AWCI
    • Jewelers Board of Trade
    • IWJG
    • TrustLock
    • Spirit of Enterprise
    • PayPal Verified
    • Inc 500
    • FedEx
    • UPS
    • The Hartford

    Bob's Watches is an independent watch dealer and is not sponsored by, associated with and/or affiliated with Rolex S.A., Rolex USA, or any other brand listed on its website. Bob's Watches only sells pre-owned watches and provides its own warranties on the watches it sells. The brand names and associated model names for Rolex, OMEGA and other manufacturers are the trademarks of their respective owners.