World's First Mechanical Cell Phone Looks Gorgeous, Costs Too Much
Mechanical watches have always looked far more distinguished and classy than their digital counterparts. Just try earning any respect by pairing a digital watch with a fine Italian suit if you have any doubts.
Celsius X VI II has chosen to take this tact with the other mandatory, ubiquitous electronic accessory that you carry with you every day of the year: the cell phone. The phone is a flip phone that features some mechanics clearly at work through its transparent face. It also features an analog clock.
Unfortunately, the details on exactly how the phone works and what aspects of it are mechanical are still pretty foggy. Here's a description from Celsius X VI II:
" In the beginning, there was the idea of bringing together two worlds separated by nearly five centuries of history to create a new nomadic item. Celsius X VI II's showpiece is the very first blended product of its kind. Never before have micromechanics and microelectronics been combined in such a way. Yet being a "first" is not this creation's most remarkable quality. That status would limit it to being merely a juxtaposition that, while indeed original, would probably be expected. This concept goes far beyond that."
Yeah, your guess is as good as ours.
The company will make the phone official at Baselworld, the Switzerland-based watch and jewelery show that will commence on Thursday. Until then, we'll have to be content with staring in awe at the pictures and watching the promo video below, which, incidentally, will leave you more confused than ever.
Oh, and this one costs $275,000 so don't expect to pick it up on your next trip to the mall.