More and more owners of shiny new Rolex watches – whether stainless steel, yellow gold or platinum – are paying thousands of dollars more to turn their luxury timepieces jet black. And that’s meant strong growth for a London-based company that’s pioneered a new technology to black out the priciest timepieces.
“One of the reasons why someone might turn their Rolex black – particularly if it’s a gold watch or platinum watch – might be that they don’t necessarily want everybody to know it’s a gold or platinum watch. Perhaps they want to be under the radar, less ostentatious,” Luke Waite, founder of London-based high-end watch customizer Titan Black, told CNBC’s “Secret Lives of the Super Rich.”
Indeed, the black watch trend is part of the broader boom in blacked-out bling – from Rolls Royce’s new Black Badge models to high-end black Rolex watches replica from Richard Mille, Breitling and other brands.
At Titan, high-end watches outlet are not painted, but rather treated with a “diamond-like carbon” (DLC) coating. The chemical reaction ultimately turns the metal ebony, giving the watch similar properties to that of a diamond: from hardness and durability to scratch-resistance and captivating black finish. And today’s wealthy want Rolex watches replica that are unique.
“The consumer has become more aware of the ability to customize exactly what they want – as opposed to being dictated to by the brand,” Waite said.
While the company specializes in customizing cheap Rolexes, its artisans have also added bespoke features to other luxury timepieces – from Panerai to Audemars Piguet – including changing every single marker on a watch face to the color of a client’s choice. They’ll even swap out the dial Rolex replica altogether to a custom color not offered by the manufacturer.
Another custom touch is achieved when Titan artisans transform a watch face by sprinkling colorful layers of powdered enamel onto it. The powdery design is then literally baked onto the face. It’s a process that can require dozens of firings in a kiln that tops 1,400 degrees, transforming the colorful grains of enamel into a shiny porcelain watch face.
The company’s most elaborate transformation Rolex replica started as a $30,000 white gold Rolex Daytona. A member of the Middle Eastern royal family asked Titan Black to carve a family member’s Arabic name into the watch face and illuminate in blue light. To fulfill the royal request, Titan engineered a patent-pending micro-lighting system, tiny enough to fit inside the watch’s housing and made it controllable with cheap Rolex the press of the chronograph button.