Vertu and Bentley connect to offer an exquisitely luxurious handset.
In July this year, Vertu and Bentley joined hands for a 5-year partnership and the first result of their collaboration is the ‘Vertu for Bentley’ handset. Offering a luxurious combination of audio performance and curated services, this smartphone exudes sophistication and style.
Wondering why this partnership and the smartphone came into being? Kevin Rose of Bentley explains, “The partnership between Bentley and Vertu allows customers to experience the Bentley brand while out of the driving seat. 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.”
The ‘Vertu for Bentley’ mobile phone is covered in quilted hand-finished calf leather, which is in the classic Bentley shade of Newmarket Tan, and is stitched with a diamond pattern. The supple leather is complemented with lightweight grade 5 titanium featuring tactile diamond kurling and engine-turned pattern on the back, which can be opened to reveal the engraved signatures of the craftsmen behind the construction of this phone. Its solid sapphire crystal offers a virtually scratch-proof screen. Each ‘Vertu for Bentley’ phone sports a metal Bentley ‘B’ wings motif on the face of the handset. The Bentley logo is also embossed on the slip case that accompanies every handset.
People who buy the ‘Vertu for Bentley’ smartphone will enjoy exclusive services from Vertu such as the ‘Vertu Concierge’, curated events and experiences courtesy ‘Vertu Life’ and security services from ‘Vertu Certainity’. The phone also features a ‘Vertu for Bentley’ app that delivers exclusive access to Bentley content directly to the device and features a shortcut to the Touch Screen Remote features for Bentley Flying Spur drivers.
The acoustics are tuned in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen and offer Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround-sound processing and stereo speakers. The image-tuning of the camera has been done by Hasselblad. ‘Vertu for Bentley’ also features wireless charging, NFC and Android 4.4 (KitKat) software.
This phone will be followed by four more luxury smartphones that will infuse Vertu’s handsets and lifestyle services with iconic Bentley design elements.
The ‘Vertu for Bentley’ luxury smartphone is limited to 2,000 pieces and is priced at €12,500, approximately Rs. 9,60,000.