Your phone is your style state­ment! -By Neil Shah

Meet the top lux­ury phones that could res­onate well with your style, per­son­al­ity and sta­tus

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By Neil Shah

The Smart­phones is the new “life­style ac­ces­sory” for us to flaunt as it is with us ubiq­ui­tously. It has trans­formed from a mere de­vice we used to com­mu­ni­cate with into a high-end cam­era, a loaded dig­i­tal wal­let and into a strong re­flec­tion of our per­son­al­ity and style.

Pre­mium smart­phones have been around for years, but now the “lux­ury quo­tient” of your phone is more im­por­tant than ever. iphones and Gal­ax­ies, once con­sid­ered pre­mium, now score quite low on the lux­ury quo­tient as they have be­come com­mon­place. Adding shiny or cute cases on your phones won’t drive this quo­tient up. The smart­phone which is vis­i­ble on us more than our sparkling jewelry or state-of-art Swiss watches, is emerg­ing as the new sta­tus sym­bol. The lux­u­ri­ously de­signed slab in your hands should be able to leave a strong mark on your fol­low­ers and ob­servers.

Here are our top three lux­u­ri­ous picks for this im­por­tant ac­ces­sory which you wear day in and out, mer­it­ing a se­ri­ous in­vest­ment:

Vertu CON­STEL­LA­TION

“If money is no ob­ject, this could be the phone for you.”

Vertu is one of the top lux­ury phone mak­ers since a decade with ex­cep­tional fo­cus on crafts­man­ship, per­for­mance and ser­vices in its ‘bou­tique style’ phone col­lec­tion. Apart from the stan­dard col­lec­tion, Vertu also of­fers a great level of cus­tomiza­tion help­ing you de­sign a unique per­son­al­ized of­fer­ing aligned to your lik­ing. Vertu’s bou­tique ser­vices range from a se­lec­tion of leathers, col­ors, and de­signs to en­grav­ing your ini­tials, thus, mak­ing it a sig­na­ture ac­ces­sory truly re­flect­ing your per­son­al­ity.

The lat­est Vertu Con­stel­la­tion, a hand­made phone in Eng­land, blends a beau­ti­fully pol­ished metal­lic frame sport­ing a ruby-cut key on a back dressed with fresh modern color pal­ette of re­fined leather. The stream­lined aes­thet­ics are well bal­anced with the state-of-the-art 2K (dou­ble the Full HD res­o­lu­tion) 5.5-inch bright AMOLED dis­play. The gor­geous color-rich dis­play is pro­tected with 140 carats of sap­phire crys­tal on top which makes this beauty al­most scratch­proof.

There are no com­pro­mises on the hard­ware tech­nol­ogy run­ning un­der­neath the gor­geous ex­te­ri­ors. The de­vice is pow­ered by Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor, global 2G/3G/4G con­nec­tiv­ity sup­port, 128GB of mas­sive in­built stor­age, 4GB of RAM, sap­phire coated Fin­ger­print sen­sor, multi-sim cards sup­port for global travel, and a huge bat­tery with the con­ve­nience of wire­less charg­ing.

Keep­ing in mind the high net worth sta­tus of its cus­tomers, the brand has also baked in an ex­tra layer of data en­cryp­tion for calls or mes­sag­ing, Vertu lost phone ser­vice and other key se­cu­rity fea­tures to al­le­vi­ate any pri­vacy or se­cu­rity con­cerns for this An­droid pow­ered phone. The phone also boasts a cut­ting edge 12MP cam­era sen­sor with twin dual tone LED flash plus High Fidelity stereo speak­ers with Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus sup­port for pre­mium sound.

The highly de­sir­able hand­crafted Vertu Con­stel­la­tion ticks all boxes on de­sign aes­thet­ics as well as per­for­mance curves and is ideal for you if you are seek­ing a sexy, modern lux­u­ri­ous de­sign along with all the usual smart­phone bells and whis­tles. This beauty is es­ti­mated to be priced at a min­i­mum of US$8000, look­ing at the pric­ing trends of its pre­vi­ous flag­ship sig­na­ture of­fer­ings.

Sirin Labs SOLARIN

“Pri­vacy is Lux­ury”

Sirin Labs is a UK based startup try­ing to make its mark in the ul­tra­premium de­signer phones seg­ment. Its of­fer­ing, SOLARIN, comes with a value propo­si­tion of bling with qual­ity crafts­man­ship and greater fo­cus on em­bed­ded pri­vacy and se­cu­rity tech­nol­ogy com­pared to other lux­ury brands.

SOLARIN is de­signed by renowned in­dus­trial de­signer Karim Rashid. The de­vice un­der­neath is built us­ing a sturdy air­craft-grade metal ma­trix com­pos­ite chas­sis in­cor­po­rat­ing ti­ta­nium pan­els on the in­side. From the out­side, the de­vice flaunts a fire black car­bon or crys­tal white Ital­ian leather at the back with swiss-de­signed so­phis­ti­cated deco pan­els on the side.

Apart from the mil­i­tary grade de­sign and ul­tra-pre­mium aes­thet­ics, SOLARIN boasts of the strong­est pos­si­ble mo­bile pri­vacy and threat pro­tec­tion world­wide, with its state-of-the-art Zim­perium pro­tec­tion to thwart mul­ti­tudes of cy­ber­at­tacks on your de­vice. SOLARIN also in­te­grates a 256-bit chip-to-chip level AES en­cryp­tion and with a ded­i­cated “Se­cu­rity Switch” on the back which turns on a shielded mode for fully en­crypted com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

SOLARIN is pow­ered by the pow­er­ful Qual­comm Snap­dragon 810 with global 4G LTE com­pat­i­bil­ity, Gi­ga­bit Wifi, 128GB RAM, super sharp 5.5” 2K LCD dis­play, Quick Charg­ing and mas­sive 4040 mah bat­tery. It also fea­tures a super high res­o­lu­tion 24-megapixel rear cam­era sen­sor and a snappy fin­ger­print sen­sor for phone se­cu­rity.

This highly se­cure, high-spec phone with head-turn­ing de­sign is a great buy for pri­vacy-seek­ing, power users es­pe­cially a smart cos­mopoli­tan man or wo­man of the world. James Bond would for sure love it. This techno-lux­u­ri­ous phone comes with a pre­mium price-tag rang­ing from USD13,800 to USD 17.400 (excl. taxes) depend­ing on the fin­ish­ing.

Gold­vish ECLIPSE

“Swiss De­sign is a syn­onym for ul­ti­mate qual­ity and style”

The Gold­vish Col­lec­tion of phones is cus­tom hand­made em­ploy­ing ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship ooz­ing clas­sic Swiss de­sign. Each part go­ing into the unique be­spoke de­sign is made in La Chaux-de­fonds, Switzer­land en­sur­ing the high­est level of cre­ativ­ity, se­lec­tion of ma­te­ri­als and pre­mium fin­ish­ing.

The Eclipse is enswathed in al­li­ga­tor skin with pol­ished stain­less steel ac­cents beau­ti­fully com­ple­ment­ing the im­pec­ca­ble de­sign. Gold­vish of­fers lux­u­ri­ous cus­tomiza­tions from a 18-karat gold or 316L stain­less steel frame

paved with 360 di­a­monds and so forth tak­ing the pric­ing from the base price of USD 6000 to al­most USD 36000 (excl. taxes).

The smart­phone like the other lux­u­ri­ous flag­ships runs An­droid pow­ered by Qual­comm Snap­dragon 800 se­ries pro­ces­sor, 3GB RAM+64 GB in­ter­nal stor­age, 13-megapixel cam­era, 4G LTE, 3100 mah bat­tery and a 5.5” Full HD dis­play for de­cent flag­ship-grade per­for­mance. Eclipse is truly meant for “Swiss de­sign” lovers, pre­fer­ring more of a mas­cu­line metal and leather de­sign lan­guage.

Be­sides these top three picks, other pre­mium al­ter­na­tives in­clude the Vertu Sig­na­ture Touch col­lec­tion and the Gresso Re­gal Gold.

In sub - USD 3000 range, the newly launched Le­ica Cam­era pow­ered Huawei P10 Plus (Green­ery or Daz­zling Blue), Huawei Mate 9 Porsche De­sign Edi­tion and Gionee M2017 (Chi­nese Edi­tion) are also some great al­ter­na­tive buys for those seek­ing a break from the same old Ap­ple and Sam­sung of­fer­ings. If you still are an Ap­ple or Sam­sung fan – go for Gresso iphone 7 18K Gold Lim­ited Edi­tion or the gold-plated lat­est Sam­sung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flag­ship phones ex­clu­sively from the Lon­don-based store. Truly ex­quis­ite, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed!

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