If you’ve got it flaunt it, that’s the way things have always been. And what better way to show off than having a super expensive or totally ‘bling-ed’ out mobile handset. With that in mind here are a designed to be items of status and not just usable technology. Owning these phones won’t necessarily put you on top of the world but you will be at the height of the A-List, where it counts.

Celsius X VI II Papillon
France’s luxury watch maker, Celsius X VI II is the genius behind this mechanical marvel. Papillon is French for Butterfly. The reason for the unique name is because this mobile uses a Remontage Papillon opening mechanism in the hinge. The handset is activated when opened, and uses tourbillion escapement mechanism for its built-in analogue clock.

The entire handset is powered by kinetic energy i.e. it’s operating solely through human energy. It’s constricted with 547 well crafted individual moving parts consisting of gears and other mechanisms. It’s classified as a smartphone to boot and although it’s not official the retail is said to be approximately $300,000.

Ulysses Nardin Chairman Phone
The next watchmaker turned mobile smartphone manufacturer is Ulysses Nardin. They released an Android running smartphone with a custom UI called the Chairman and it’s every bit as regal and elegant as their watches. This is not like a Vertu handset where looks mean everything and functionality takes the backseat. The Chairman is as sophisticated inside as it is outside.

It’s a 3g handset equipped with a large touchscreen and physical keypad, an 8 megapixel camera, a biometric fingerprint scanner for security, 32 GB of internal memory, GPS, hi-def video player and a Platform powered by the Freescale i.MX processor. This handset also features the Ulysse Nardin Rotor which is a kinetic power system. Now this is class for $49,500.

Publish date: August 5, 2010 9:30 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:35 pm

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