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Saturday, 21 May 2011

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phone1The luxury mobile phone market is booming, with more and more people on the lookout for that one-in-a-million mobile. The glamorous and affluent are increasingly snapping up diamond-studded cells and blinged-up blowers from highly acclaimed designers and notable luxury brands. In a world where diamonds and gold meet high technology and daring design, we thought we’d help you navigate the sparkling mass of luxury phones and introduce you to some of the most eminent designers in the market. From watch-inspired technology to ancient wood casing, here’s a selection of some of the world’s most expensive mobile phones.

The iPhone 4 Diamond Rose

Currently the world’s most expensive phone - the most expensive we could find anyway - the Diamond Rose iPhone has been crafted by British designer Stuart Hughes. With a total construction cost of $8 million, it’s a rose-gold phone with approximately 500 individual flawless diamonds - which total over 100-carat! The main navigation tool is a platinum circle holding a single cut 7.3-carat pink diamond, while the chest is carved from a single block of granite and lined with Nubuck top-grain leather. The phone is one of only two limited edition pieces, making it an extremely rare and expensive cell.

Ulysse Nardin: The Chairman

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The Chairman is the world’s first luxury hybrid smart phone; an Android driven machine which manufacturers claim will “revolutionise the smart phone industry.” Fusing the art of watch-making with modern technology, it’s a collaboration between world famous watch-makers Ulysse Nardin and pioneering hybrid phone engineers Scientific Cellular Innovations (SCI).

The phone has a range of unique features which make it an absolute luxury buy. Using Swiss mechanics usually adopted for Ulysse Nardin’s coveted timepieces, the phone has a distinctive mechanical watch rotor embedded in the back. The 22-carat gold mechanism produces its own energy, giving the phone an extra power supply which recharges itself while you’re on the go. Meanwhile, the 3.2 inch sapphire crystal touch screen can be customised to match your favourite Ulysse Nardin watch face, and also uses thumb recognition technology so it will only work under your personal touch.


Hand-assembled from over 300 hand-made parts, it’s been designed to work with GSM and 3G networks around the globe. There’s also a 32GB memory and 8 megapixel camera, as well as HD video playback. The phones come in either anodized aerospace grade aluminium or 18-karat rose gold cases, and components are made from a variety of exuberant materials including carbon fibre, and marine grade stainless steel.

The most expensive chairman is the Diamond Edition, which costs $129,000. Covered in over 3,000 of the finest quality diamonds, the 18-karat white gold phone is part of a special edition batch of just 100 models produced. Other models are manufactured in batches of 1846, which is the year Ulysse Nardin was founded.


SCI have also created a unique lacquered wood docking station to go with the phone, which resembles the famed Ulysse Nardin Ship Chronometers. It can be used to charge the battery, back-up and transfer data and play music through the premium quality speakers.

The latest Chairman collection - The Wave - was unveiled at the BaselWorld luxury show this year. Showcasing Ulysse Nardin’s nautical heritage, it incorporates wave designs and a chic matte ceramic back. The latest collection will be available in early 2012, with prices ranging from $12,800 to $49,500.

Gresso’s Royal Black Diamond

Luxury phone designer Gresso has created a sleek, stylish phone with a case made from 200-year-old African Blackwood. For an asking price of $46,200, you also get 18-carat gold function keys, over two grand’s worth of black diamonds, as well as real leather decoration and gold embellishments. It’s also got a stainless steel battery cover with a magnetic lock and a hand-polished sapphire crystal glass screen with 320 pixels.

Even more unique is the Roman Numerals keyboard which is a world first, with laser cut figures applied to the keys. It also runs on Gresso’s own individual operating system, a 2 megapixel camera and up to 150 hours of stand-by battery time. Only three Royal Black Diamonds have been manufactured, making this an extremely desirable but highly unattainable phone.

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