The late Virgil Abloh, who died of a rare form of cancer yesterday, packed a hell of a lot into his 41 years. The Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder of the Off-White label was revered as one of the most influential designers in the fashion industry. Given his zeitgeist-defining work, it’s perhaps not surprising that his brushes with the perfect replica watches world also made an oversized impression.
Drake’s Replica Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726 customised by Virgil Abloh / MAD Paris
Last year, Drake revealed a fully custom uk luxury fake Patek Philippe Nautilus Annual Calendar Ref. 5726 that’d been designed by Abloh and then brought to life by modification specialists MAD Paris. The Nautilus was coated with black diamond-like carbon before being smothered in emeralds.
Drake may boast an astonishing watch collection, but this 1:1 replica Patek Philippe was clearly special to him as he name-checked it in a couple of tracks. On Life is Good, Drake raps that “Virgil got that Patek on my wrist goin’ nuts” – a sentiment that it’s certainly hard to argue with.
A year later, Drake was still enamoured with the Swiss made replica watches. He wore it in the video for What’s Next and appeared to made a sly reference to the watch, too. “Yeah, I got one, Virgil got one and that there is the only two.”
Did this imply that the customised Patek Philippe Nautilus fake Paypal that everyone assumed was a one-off piece was actually owned by Abloh as well?
Fake Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726 customised by MAD Paris
Or was Drake referring to this similar watch that Abloh wore. It’s another customised AAA replica Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726 annual calendar with moonphase indicator, but this time it’s been blacked out in DLC with a pair of tiny quotation marks bracketing the Patek logo in a cheeky twist.
GQ reported that this was another modification job by MAD Paris that required a two-month process. The cheap super Patek Philippe was disassembled piece by piece before being coated in pitch-black DLC. With only the white logo text and the stars on the moonphase left in white, the result is stark and minimalist – a totally different effect to Drake’s emerald-crazed fever dream.