Vertu's Year of the Dragon phone has roaring price

Vertu's Signature collection gets the royal treatment for the Lunar New Year with precious stones and top-grade metals, plus a garish hand-engraved four-claw dragon on the battery cover.

Year of the Dragon phone
Watch your money go up in a puff of smoke with this super luxurious Dragon phone. Vertu

With the Lunar New Year less than three weeks away, luxury phone maker Vertu has launched a trio of phones to welcome the Year of the Dragon. Take your pick from the stainless steel and emerald; black stainless steel and ruby; or yellow gold and diamond models.

Vertu's Signature collection gets the royal treatment with precious stones and top-grade metals, plus a garish hand-engraved four-claw dragon on the battery cover.

It's not to be sniffed at; the dragon takes four craftsmen more than a day to complete the engraving. The yellow gold version is even sent to Switzerland for certification, then returns to the workshop for its precious-stone adornment.

Not much is known about the phone's tech specs, but it's likely to be running on the Symbian OS.

These phones will probably be popular among China's well-heeled, who may wish to kick off the Year of the Dragon on a very expensive note. According to Lifestyle Asia, only three sets of the black stainless steel and ruby version will be available in Singapore at S$26,800 (about $20,815) each.

As with any Vertu phone, this hefty price tag comes with a free one-year concierge service. The company even throws in a leather case and charging cradle, along with certification for the precious stones.

(Source: Crave Asia)

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    Jacqueline Seng is a presenter/writer for CNET Asia, focusing on mobile phones. Her induction into the world of IT involved typing out stories on a computer in kindergarten -- not that much has changed.

     

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