Vertu Mobile was established as a Boutique brand for the cellphone company, Nokia in 1998. Vertu produced its first cellphone, the Signature collection in 2002. The Signature phone uses Android technology and has mostly basic features. Many of Vertu’s most expensive phones are nothing more than the basic 2002 Signature cellphone dressed up with expensive leather and jewels.
Vertu promises telephones that are “Handmade in England” and that is what they deliver. Each cellphone is made completely by hand and crafted to represent luxury. Vertu’s small factory is located outside the quaint village of Church Crookham in Hampshire, England which lies 40 miles west of London. Overlooking is Vertu’s President, Alberto Torres as designers create sleek lined and well appointed cellphones matching the technology and style of companies like Ferrari and Bentley. Hutch Hutchison is the head of the Design Department. Located in the factory is a museum displaying the iconic Vertu cellphones.
Vertu has several collections including the Aster, the Bentley and a customized personal collection. The Signature Collection remains the basic cellphone used to create new and exciting style cellphones. The least expensive Vertu cellphone costs $6,000 and the most expensive costs $88,000. Vertu creates designer cell phones for people who probably have a luxury automobile that matches their telephone. Vertu offers extra features including a concierge service accessible 24 hours a day. The company also offers perks such as invitations to VIP events and discounts on things like private jets.
Here are the 10 most expensive Vertu cellphones ever made:
10. Pure Jet Alligator Diamonds ($21,700)
The Pure Jet Alligator Diamonds cellphone is the same basic phone and series as the Pure Jet Red Gold phone. What makes the Pure Jet Alligator Diamonds stand out is that it is covered in 124 white diamonds. This is a phone perfect for the wealthy jet setter. As with all Vertu cellphones or “mobile communications instruments”, the Pure Jet Alligator Diamonds model is sophisticated, elegant and certainly a luxury.
9. Clous de Paris Black ($22,000)
The Clous de Paris Black cellphone has a polished and brushed black body and is accented in black leather. The pillow is made with polished black ceramic. The screen and keys are protected by sapphire glass. Like most Vertu luxury cellphones, the Clous de Paris Black is the basic Signature cellphone from 2002 with no major features. It has a 2 inch high definition screen, 4 GB memory and loud speakers. It does not have more modern features like a camera. This cellphone is sleek and sophisticated and comes with an elegant leather case.
8. Zirconium Alligator ($22,000)
Zirconium comes from the Persian word for “gold-colored”. The mineral Zircon is a strong gray-white metal that is very resistant to corrosion. The Zirconium Alligator features a tough zirconium finish and anthracite stainless steel details. Anthracite is a type of coal that has a sub-metallic luster and is a sleek and elegant accent for this cellphone. The pillow is also polished anthracite pillow.
7. Pure Jet Red Gold ($23,600)
The Pure Jet Red Gold cellphone costs $23,600. The cellphone, itself, is pretty basic. The body of the phone is made of black brushed and polished Titanium making this a sturdy cellphone. It has a black leather pillow and calf leather trim. The cellphone is accented by solid red gold detailing
6. Black and White ($25,350)
Like the Ultimate Black, the Black and White phone features a .19 carat Princess-cut diamond embedded in the select key. The body of the cellphone is polished and matte black stainless steel accented with black leather. The white of this cellphone consists of a white ceramic pillow and battery cover and a polished white scratch-proof sapphire face.
5. Ultimate Black ($25,700)
The Ultimate Black cellphone is completely black. It is sleek and sophisticated. Although the cellphone, itself, is the basic Vertu Signature phone from 2002 with no updated technology, the Ultimate Black is made of stainless steel and a black ceramic pillow and back plate. The keys are facet-cuts and the characters are unlit for subtle elegance.
4. White Mother of Pearl ($25,700)
The White Mother of Pearl cellphone by Vertu has real mother of pearl inlays on the front. White alligator leather lines the cellphone’s body. The phone has a white ceramic pillow. A .19 carat Princess-cut diamond is embedded in the select key.
3. Red Gold Black DLC ($38,100)
The Red Gold Black DLC can be purchased for $38,100). DLC stands for Diamond-Like Carbon. This tough material makes up the body of the cellphone and protects it if dropped. The Red Gold Black cellphone has a black pillow and back plate. The characters are unlit and subtle. The keys are facet cut. The reason this phone is so expensive is its 18 carat red gold details.
2. Signature Diamond ($88,000)
The Signature Diamond cellphone is made of platinum and decorated in diamonds. The sleek looking phone exudes luxury and elegance. The Signature Diamond was created in 2005, and 200 were hand crafted by Vertu. The basic Signature Android phone has scratch-free sapphire glass and is 15.5 mm thick. Its dimensions are 4.80 x 1.65 x 0.61 inches.
1. Signature Cobra ($1.1 million)
One of the most expensive cellphones ever created, Vertu designed this basic cellphone covered in gold and encrusted in valuable gems. Vertu unveiled this cellphone at the Musum of Modern Art in Paris. Because of its value, Vertu did not call it a cellphone or handset but called it a “mobile communications instrument”