MAD Paris creates a $200,000 blacked-out Patek Philippe Nautilus
As if Patek Philippe watches were not expensive or exclusive enough, MAD Paris has created a limited edition blacked-out Nautilus for more than US $200,000.
MAD Paris, a horological customisation company specialising in coating high-end watches, has got its hands on a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712. Retailing for U.S. $203,417 on the Browns e-marketplace, the watch is the brand’s steel moonphase watch, with a touch of black DLC coating from MAD Paris to give it that bit of Dark Knight edge.
To the dismay of Patek Philippe itself, its most popular model as it stands is the steel versions of the Nautilus, one of its most sporty watch families.
Company’s president Thierry Stern recently told Hodinkee that:
“Many years ago, IWC was producing gold watches. Then they had problems and they fabricated everything in steel. They tried to come back to gold, and they could never do it. Once you lower the price with steel, it is very hard to come back, I don’t want this with Patek. I have to be very tough on the quantity because I don’t want to see steel taking over the lead in the whole collection in terms of material. So we have to be vigilant.”
While Patek itself wants to stay known shiny gold watches, the folks over at MAD Paris have other ideas.
In fact the only watches that MAD Paris deals with from Patek are the Nautilus and Aquanaut.
The custom-Nautilus has a moonphase function, date function, small seconds, hours and minutes, and a power reserve indicator. These complications are set against a deep blue dial, along with the custom blacked-out hour markers. All this is powered by the in-house movement.
DLC coating, a far more expensive process than PVC coating, adds layers of carbon to the watch, giving it a deep black look as well as scratch resistance. Because of this process and the limited run of the watch, it costs more than double a second hand 5712 on Chrono24.
If you’re curious the kind of person that would a watch that costs as much as a house, we would totally see Kanye West with one, having previously worked blacked-out Rolexes. Drake, another rap sensation, has also been seen flexing his new Patek Aquanaut lately.