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Blinging kinetic Chairman phone apparently not a wind-up

Forget touch screens--the true cutting edge in this mobile phone from Ulysse Nardin is 163-year-old watch technology.

Ulysse Nardin Chairman phone
Ulysse Nardin

It's so typical: just when we dropped eight grand on a Vertu, something even more exorbitantly ostentatious comes along.

Luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin says it has partnered with a mysterious U.K.-registered firm, SCI Innovations, to create a mobile phone. Forget touch screens--the true cutting edge is 163-year-old watch technology.

The company tells us the phone will incorporate a watch-style kinetic system for charging the phone's battery. It's hard to believe that a little hand waving could generate enough juice to run a mobile phone, but the company says that it will only power a backup battery.

For normal use, such as calls to berate your personal assistant for incorrectly peeling your grapes, the phone will also contain a standard battery.

Bravely fighting political correctness though the power of bling, the phone will be called the "Chairman."

So is the Chairman just a wind-up? (See what we did there?) Well, this is a company that made a watch named the Freak, and sold it for about $60,600. So anything is possible.

No news on price, but since you wouldn't get much change from $21,000 on most of their watches, it's likely that this will be a luxury item. Our contact at Ulysse Nardin confirmed that the watch will be launched at the Baselworld 2009 watch and jewelry show on March 26.

(Via Crave UK)