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Celsius X VI II Remontage Papillon
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Celsius X VI II Remontage Papillon
Micro mechanics meets high-tech in a stunningly stylish new mobile phone incorporating a tourbillion watch
by Evan Orensten
on 12 March 2010
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Watchismo has an exclusive look at Celsius X VI II's first product, an impressive merging of a mobile phone with a tourbillion watch that integrates a patented rewinding mechanism hidden within its hinge. The upshot of over three years of development and based on complex micromechanics, opening the phone activates the internal device.

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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."

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To produce the hybrid, Celsius collaborated with renowned watchmaker Richard Mille and horological design team Confrérie Horlogère. The upshot is a true example of excellence in design, expertly combining mechanical and technological achievements into a gorgeously sleek simple black body.

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German-based international watch and jewelry fair BaselWorld will host the launch of this remarkable phone when it's unveiled next week with a price of $275,000.

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