Diamond Armor bullet-proof suit provides stylish protection for a cool US$3.2 million
By David Szondy
March 23, 2014
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.
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.
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.