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'Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone launch

 

Is your Bentley missing something? Chances are it could be the new ‘Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone launched this week. The €12,500 smartphone is the first joint product release from the new five-year partnership of the two British luxury brands. Chris Page (16 Oct’14)   

Design

The ‘Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone is swathed in quilted calf leather, in the classic Bentley shade of Newmarket Tan, and stitched with a diamond pattern. 

The supple leather is encased in durable, yet lightweight, titanium, which features tactile diamond knurling. This detailing on the side rails is complemented by an engine-turned pattern on the handset’s titanium back plate. The plate opens to reveal the engraved signature of the constructing craftsman.

 Each phone sports a discrete, metal Bentley ‘B’ wings motif on the face of the handset to celebrate the new partnership. The Bentley logo is also featured on the complimentary slip case which wraps each handset.

 

Services

Vertu’s reputation for providing exclusive services encompasses a dedicated ‘Vertu Concierge’ feature, curated events and experiences via ‘Vertu Life’, and security services from ‘Vertu Certainty’. Its Bentley model comes with a ‘Vertu for Bentley’ app which delivers Bentley content to customers ranging from exclusive experiences to a shortcut to the Touch Screen Remote features for Bentley Flying Spur drivers. In addition, the ‘Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone will feature custom start-up animation, 3D clock, 3D wallpaper and Bentley wallpapers.

 Performance

 

Vertu for Bentley uses the best-in-class technology with superior handcrafted materials, including grade-5 titanium, solid sapphire crystal which creates a virtually scratch-proof screen and hand-finished calf leather.

 The acoustics, tuned in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen, feature Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround-sound processing and stereo speakers. Imaging is aided by Hasselblad, the renowned professional photography brand, to perfect the image-tuning of the camera. The new phone also features wireless charging, NFC and Android 4.4 (KitKat) software.

What they said 

 “The handset’s design and materials, when coupled with its exclusive services, integrated Bentley content and high-performance technology, embody what both Bentley and Vertu stand for, and deliver what our customers are looking for.” Kevin Rose, Sales and Marketing board, Bentley Motors

 

 “Our collaboration with Bentley unites both companies’ proud British heritage, as well as unrivalled expertise in the luxury and technology markets, to create a handset which exceeds the expectations of our mutual customer base. The result is ‘Vertu for Bentley’, a device which not only reflects sophistication and discerning taste, but also performs to an undeniably high technical standard to deliver an effortless, intuitive luxury mobile experience.” Massimiliano Pogliani Vertu’s Chief Executive Officer

 

Limited to 2,000 pieces, the new ‘Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone is available in stores from October 2014, priced from €12,500.

 

 

 

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