Adding a personal touch to a timepiece, such as swapping the strap or adding a heartfelt inscription, is the most common way of customising them. But what if you want to go further along the customisation path, well, Designa Individual Watches (DiW) have got you covered with some of most extraordinarily customised watches around. And now they’ve announced a new take on the Patek Philippe 5711, The Black Grail Project.
DiW are far more familiar with customising the cream of the crop from brands like Rolex, with the likes of the Carbon Daytona under their belt already, so the addition of a Patek Philippe to their line up is quite exciting. It’s particularly poignant given the 5711 has been discontinued and is virtually unobtainable, it’s the most sought-after watch on the market currently, resulting in each customised piece becoming even more special and unique.
The Black Grail Project took 10 months of development and a 6-month crafting process – it reimagines the classic stainless steel design of the Nautilus in carbon fibre. The bracelet and bezel have been crafted from the hard-wearing material, giving it a darker aesthetic and also helping to reduce the overall weight of the watch as carbon fibre is over 5 times lighter than steel. The patterning caused by the layers of carbon is also quite cool and is testament to the careful hand finishing of every element, including each individual link of the bracelet.
Its carbon fibre construction is further enhanced by the black DLC case and the handcrafted dial, also black, that has a sandblasted, matte finish. Stylistically it remains quite faithful to the 5711 and feels like a cool colourway of the original instead of a radically altered design. Previous customisations by DiW have prompted plenty of discussion by the community but this new release is set to be less divisive – who doesn’t love a blacked-out classic after all.
The Nautilus 5711 is commonly regarded as the absolute holy grail of horology for its exclusivity and desirability, so the moniker of this piece as The Black Grail is very apt. It is both a black version of the grail and even rarer than the original. As such, it will only be made available to previous DiW customers who have ordered other custom watches from them and the DiW family. Production is only upon request and comes with an estimated 10-week production time.
Assuming you fulfil the requirements to purchase one, how much will The Black Grail set you back? Taking into account the already extraordinary costs of a 5711 (which is included in the overall price) the high-performance materials that are used and the intense handcrafting process, each Black Grail has a price tag of €179,990. That’s no small amount of pocket change. But if you want an incredibly unique, custom Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 that’s exactly what DiW are offering, and individuality is priceless.
Price & Specs:
Model: Designa Individual Carbon Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter, carbon fibre/black DLC case, black matt dial
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Calibre 324 S C, automatic, ultra-precise chronometer (COSC)
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Carbon fibre/Black DLC braclet
Price/availability: €179,990 EUR, limited to 5 pieces
More details at Designa Individual.