Vertu's 'Racetrack' phones: no small bet

Two new models complete expensive collection

Vertu

It must be nice to own a phone from Vertu, maker of handsets for the rich and famous. For one thing, you have to be able to afford one. (A Signature Standard platinum model lists for for $31,850.) Second, you may need connections just to track it down, as only hundreds of models are made in particular lines.

Now Vertu has finished the last of its "Racetrack Legends" series, completing the set with the "Monaco" and "Nurburgring" editions, in yellow and titanium gray, respectively. Like others in the line--limited to 1,000 phones in each--a map of the racetrack is etched in the back. And if you've collected all editions, according to Sybarites, there's even a special case for them made of carbon fiber.

That beats the shoebox we use.

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