Watchphone concept taken to new heights

First published: 16-03-2010

The concept of the watchphone has had limited success in recent times, despite LG's best efforts to bring the communicative technology to the consumer's wrist.

And yet one of the more upmarket companies is combining them the other way, instead creating a mobile phone with a watch built into the front face of the clamshell design.

Such is the way with the Remontage Papillon, which has been created by French company CELSIUS X VI II. It is a tourbillon mobile phone that has introduced the mechanical movement of watches and takes its inspiration from the high-end sector of the Swiss watch market.

Using 547 mechanical parts and a tourbillon in the middle, the mechanical timepiece is priced at $275,000 (£181,500) and will be officially presented at Baselworld in Switzerland this month.

Baselworld 2010 kicks off on March 18th and runs through until March 25th, and is believed to attract over 2,000 companies from the watch, jewellery, and precious stone sectors, which will all present their new products and innovations.

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