What do you get when you mix complex mechanical watch making with a mobile phone? I have no idea. Luxury watch makers have been in the mobile phone world for a little while with such models at Tag Heuer Meridiist
and the Ulysse Nardin Chairman
, but these are mostly fancy items on the outside with traditional mobile phone hardware on the inside. The Papillion phone by Celsius X VI II
(10 6 2) is going to take the convergence of these devices a few steps further. The result? Well it is still just a teaser now. You can see the "x ray" image above of what the item will look like on the inside.
There is also a teaser movie located here at Celsius X VI II's website
. It doesn't really show much, bit if you are hungry for details about this you can check it out. What is clear is that it will be a clam-shell style phone, have lots of mechanical 'gizmometry' in it, and apparently will function as a real phone. A melding of electronics and mechanics according to the brand.
Is the Papillon going to be particularly useful? Probably not. Hopefully it will be very cool though. The concept reminds me a bit of Roland Iten
items. But then again I think his over-engineered daily use items are more practical as well as luxurious. The Papillon is probably going to be as close to what we will ever get as a mobile phone Transformer. It might not morph into an evil robot from another planet, but it sure will be filled with bona fide mechanical guts. The Celsius X VI II Papillion mechanical mobile phone will be officially debuted at Baselworld soon. I will be there and be able to check out this roughly $300,000 luxury item hands-on.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review