Though Nokia may not have made much news of recent except for the new Windows smart phones,, their luxury division, Vertu continues to make waves in the lifestyle division by creating precious hand crafted mobile handsets, thus giving it the leader’s advantage in the segment. They start of this year with the Signature Year of the Dragon handset, available in 3 customizable options: stainless & emerald, black stainless steel and ruby, and the yellow gold and diamond model. This was done to cash in on the ‘Year of the Dragon’ celebrations which are supposed to begin in less than 3 weeks from now.
Like the traditional Vertu handsets, this one too shall feature the commonality of the aesthetics, in terms of shape of the alpha-numeric keyboard, and the vertical orientation of the device. But what is setting this limited edition series apart, is the extensively detailed 4-claw dragon monogram on the back of the handset. With more than 1.5 days of near continuous hard work of 4 craftsmen, each of these precious dragons comes alive on the rear cover of these phones. Other than that, precious editions of the phones include steel and emerald, steel and ruby, and perhaps the most ‘bling’, the yellow gold and diamond edition. To ensure that the quality matches up to international standards, each yellow gold edition is specially sent to Switzerland, to get the certificate of authenticity, before it comes for being adorned with precious diamonds. For those that may not be familiar, Vertu would also offer its signature concierge services, which would extend up to 1 year after the purchase of the device, enabling a personal contact with the makers of the handset.
To make them even more precious as an asset, the handsets will have the charging cradle along with the leather case. In all, they will be costing the buyers $26,800 each. However, should you like to take a look at some other such precious examples; we suggest the Vertu gold-diamond QWERTY phone, and the signature precious edition. If not high on technology, they certainly seem to be going high on bling.