In a world increasingly dominated by electronic devices, it’s occasionally refreshing to see a mechanical device show up again, and this time, it does so in amazing fashion. Upon its first revelation to the world, the tourbillon was seen as a device of magic. It appeared to defy physics, a delicate piece of metallic machinery that operated in suspension of gravity. Almost exclusively, the tourbillon was used as a centerpiece of luxury watches, but today it has made its way to the technologic sidearm of modern times, the mobile phone.
The Papillon Tourbillon Mobile Phone by Celsius X VI II is going to take the convergence of these devices a few steps further. Inspired by tourbillion watches—invented in the late 18th century to offset the supposed effects of gravity on accuracy by rotating a full 360º within a cage—Celsius’ love for mechanical triumphs of centuries past permeates the many components of the the Papillon. Made using 547 mechanical components (most of them hand-finished), the new gadget strives for the dream of a completely mechanical mobile phone: a phone in which every function will operate mechanically, solely through human energy.
To produce the hybrid, Celsius collaborated with renowned watchmaker Richard Mille and horological design team Confrerie Horlogere. The upshot is a true example of excellence in design, expertly combining mechanical and technological achievements into a gorgeously sleek simple black body.
A limited edition creation, this mechanical cell phone promises to be one of the most anticipated gizmos to be launched at this year’s Baselworld. This fine, hand-crafted phone is designed only for those with a most disposable income or a mammoth trust fund, priced at a cool $275,000.