Interview: Alex Wiley, creator of the gold MacBook

In October 2007 an outfit called Computer Choppers gave us the 24-karat gold-plated MacBook Pro (15-inch) complete with diamond-studded Apple logo. Now comes the gold MacBook Air (pictured) with multi-colored sapphires in the Apple logo.

Gold and Sapphire MacBook Air

In October 2007 an outfit called Computer Choppers gave us the 24-karat gold-plated MacBook Pro (15-inch) complete with diamond-studded Apple logo. Now comes the gold MacBook Air (pictured) with multi-colored sapphires in the Apple logo.

Computer Choppers offers the following plating options:

  • Chrome
  • Black Nickel
  • 24kt Yellow Gold
  • White Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • Platinum

Each plating type comes with three distinct finishes:

  • Satin (brushed)
  • Crystallite (flat)
  • Polished

The company notes that non-standard plating is available by request in brass, bronze, copper, silver, champagne gold, and almond gold.

I spoke with Alex Wiley, owner of Computer Choppers today about his unique service.

O'Grady: So how much is a gold-plated MacBook Air? Wiley: It depends on the amount of options that you want, but it's about US$5,000 for gold polished exterior with the crystallite (flat) interior. Jewelry is extra.

O: How much extra for the multi-colored sapphire treatment to the Apple logo? W:Again it depends on the size and amount of stones. The one that's pictured on our Web site has about 70-80 2mm stones and costs about US$3,000 extra.

O: Was that first one for a client or for promotion? W: It's a promotional unit that we made to photograph.

O: Who's it going to? W: It's being shipped out to Lauren Davis, editor for Vogue magazine today for a photo shoot for the July issue.

O: When did you start plating computers? W: We've been doing plating since last September, plating 99.9% Apple products.

O: What are some of your most popular requests? W: We've done the iMac, iPod, iPhone and the MacBooks.

O: What's the most expensive Apple product that you've done? W: I've shipped a couple of items  in the US$20-30k range.

O: I'm assuming that Paris and Britney have accounts? W: Actually, we're under NDA with my celebrity clients.

O: Who can you tell us has placed an orders? W: We've sold to some very high ranking people in Kuwait, lots of interest in the Middle East.

O: How many units have you sold to date? W: Probably a couple dozen, each one is different.

O: What's the turnaround time on a gold Mac? W: About 3-4 weeks for standard stuff, gold, platinum...

O: What about adding jewelry? W: Jewelry takes a month or longer, depending on sourcing the stones.