Vertu, the English manufacturer of luxury mobile phones, unveiled its first handset created in collaboration with carmaker Bentley.Limited to 2,000 pieces, the new ‘Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone is now available in stores, priced from $20,000.
At Bentley’s English headquarters, Kevin Rose, member of the Board for Sales and Marketing of Bentley Motors, said: “The partnership between Bentley and Vertu allows customers to experience the Bentley brand while out of the driving seat.”
The ‘Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone is encased in quilted calf leather, in the classic Bentley shade of Newmarket Tan, and stitched with a diamond pattern. Encased in durable, yet lightweight, titanium, it features tactile diamond knurling. This detailing on the side rails is echoed on the titanium back plate, which opens to reveal the engraved signature of the craftsman who fully constructed the phone at Vertu’s headquarters in Church Crookham, England.
Vertu’s chief executive officer, Massimiliano Pogliani commented: “The new ‘Vertu for Bentley’ handset captures the essence of both our brands. It combines English handcraftsmanship, contemporary elegance, outstanding performance and cutting-edge technology.”
Each and every ‘Vertu for Bentley’ phone sports a metal Bentley ‘B’ wings motif on the face of the handset. The complimentary slip case also depicts the Bentley logo, embossed on the Newmarket Tan calf leather.
The phone also features exclusive Bentley content delivered via an on-device app, a sapphire crystal screen, acoustics, tuned in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen, feature Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround-sound processing and stereo speakers, wireless charging, NFC and Android 4.4 software.