After the announcement of a new partnership created between Bentley and luxury telephones manufacturer Vertu, we now have the chance to see first results. The first phone was actually revealed in October 2014, and now we have the second product developed by Vertu for Bentley.
Unveiled this weekend at Goodwood Motor Show, the new Vertu Signature for Bentley will be on display at a number of key seasonal events this summer, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August. It is officially launched on September 18 and is part of the five-year partnership between Bentley and Vertu.
Since its first appearance in 2002, Vertu’s voice-centric Signature mobile has become a luxury icon in its own right. The Signature for Bentley is inspired by the Bentley Mulsanne Speed, the renowned car maker’s pinnacle model.
Various tangible design cues drawn from the Mulsanne Speed include the carbon fibre pillow on the Signature which shares a similar carbon weave design pattern to that on the Mulsanne Speed; the polished stainless steel sides which offer a tactile knurled finish reminiscent of Bentley control knobs.
In addition the Beluga Black calf leather which encases the handset is sourced from the same tannery used by the world-leading automotive company, as is the phone case which is also embellished with a Bentley Flying B Titanium emblem. Vertu Signature for Bentley can also be customised. Using the Vertu Made to Order online configurator, customers can match their phone and case to their Bentley car leather and stitching or create something of their own design from 2,300 possible combinations.
Owners can choose from the eight bestselling Bentley leather and stitching colours; Hotspur, Beluga, Linen, Newmarket tan, Burnt Oak, Fireglow, Imperial Blue or Saddle. A contrasting stitch colour can be selected from eight other options; Citric, Kingfisher, Light Blue, Magenta, Orange, Pillar Box Red, Yellow, White. Ten Vertu alligator colours; Raven Black, Dove White, Cocoa, Storm, Red Cherry, Navy Blue, Plum, Tangerine, Hunter Green or Fuchsia Rose provide further options. Black metal or sapphire keys can be complemented by a select key, chosen from one of six gemstones; White Diamond, Black Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Orange Sapphire, Ruby or Tsavorite. A personal engraving on the back plate provides the finishing touch.
As with every Vertu, Signature is protected by a screen of virtually scratch-proof sapphire, the second-hardest natural material after diamond.