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March 23, 2014

The Diamond armor suit boasts level II bulletproof protection

The Diamond armor suit boasts level II bulletproof protection

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If you're looking to extend your bulletproof wardrobe with something that won't be out of place alongside other garments, such as the Miguel Caballero bullet-proof polo shirt, the Bullet-Proof Gentleman’s Square and Garrison Bespoke's bulletproof three-piece suit, then the Diamond Armor could be a good fit. Developed by SuitArt, the Diamond Armor is a diamond-studded, bullet-proof, air-conditioned, bespoke-tailored suit costing US$3.2 million, making it the most expensive custom-tailored suit in the world.

Given its unorthodox features, it's not surprising that the Diamond Armor is a collaborative effort involving several companies. The bullet-proof fabric of the suit was developed by body-armor maker Croshield and provides level II protection certified by both NIJ standard 0101.0 and NATO STANAG 2920 V50>500m/s. To protect the wearer against the more prosaic threat of rain, Schoeller Technologies used nanotechnology based on how plants shed dirt and water to make the suit waterproof and dirt-resistant. Similar nanotech is also used to seal the seams against leaks.

Since all this might make the Diamond Armor seem a bit warm to wear, but Empa came up with an active cooling system for the jacket. A press of a button activates a built-in mini fan, which blows air through the ventilation layer that contains a water-filled Coolpad.

The Diamond Armor suit has level II bulletproof protection

For a definite bling factor, the Diamond Armor suit is decked out with 880 black diamonds. The lapel and the contours of the suit are studded with 600 black diamonds four millimeters in diameter that add up to a total of 140 carats and are placed in gold settings. Even the Swiss-watch steel 316L buttons have 280 black diamonds.

For a bit of flair, the silk lining of the suit is a reproduction of “Unidad Molecular Aleatoria” by Luciano Goizueta, which was featured, in the 2012 film This Means War and is signed by the artist.

Watch accessory for the Diamond Armor suit

If a bullet-proof, diamond-studded suit isn’t enough value for your $3.2 million, SuitArt is also throwing in a 24-carat golden silk tie made by Weisbrod from Zurich and Empa. The tie uses nanotechnology to permanently bind gold to threads woven through the silk, which can withstand bending and washing. If that fails to impress, there’s also a Patravi Traveltec Fourx Limited Edition watch by Carl F. Bucherer.

That suit was first unveiled at BaselWorld 2013 and the video below shows its bullet-proof lining in action.

Source: SuitArt via damn geeky

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4 Comments

Pikers. For $3.2M, it had better be at least Level IIIa protection.

justme70
23rd March, 2014 @ 08:37 pm PDT

Where this suit make some sense, bad guys use AK variants.

And in those parts of the world, 3.2 million will buy you an army.

Nairda
23rd March, 2014 @ 09:45 pm PDT

I think this is more about a company showcasing what it can do, this is really at the edge of whats possible with new modern technology, it was a collaboration between two companies, I doubt many people would buy this, more then likely maby 4-6 people in the world, these companies probably make their money selling other less expensive items, and by creating a suit like this it's just great advertising, when you make something crazy like this the news just spreads on its own without having to pay for it, it cost them no where near as much to make the suit.

Arahant
24th March, 2014 @ 11:49 am PDT

Nevermind getting shot in the head

June M. Blair
24th March, 2014 @ 01:28 pm PDT
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