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Ulysse Nardin Chairman

Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has teamed with SCI Innovations to create the Ulysse Nardin Chairman, a smart phone that is partially charged by a mechanical watch that not only tells time, but also has a moving rotor that, through kinetic energy, helps charge the battery.

Introduced at BaselWorld in 2009, the Chairman returned to the watch and jewelry trade show in 2010 running the Google Android operating system, as well as having 32 GB of memory and an expanded 3.2” touchscreen display.

"Hybrid vehicle" has become common terminology. But hybrid smart phone?

- Images courtesey of Ulysse Nardin

Other features include fingerprint recognition for phone unlock, 3G, full on-screen QWERTY keyboard, 8-megapixel camera, HD video playback, and other smartphone features, such as email app, Facebook app, and browser.

The Chairman is designed in the style of the classic and luxurious Ulysse Nardin watches and is available in the signature Ulysse Nardin colors and precious metals, including a few models that feature black rubber on the reverse, reminiscent of the black rubber strap on some of Ulysse Nardin watch models.

Because this hybrid smart phone requires a high degree of technical craftsmanship, and in order to be manufactured to the same exacting standards as the beautifully designed Ulysse Nardin watches, only 1846 of each model of these smart phones will initially be available at approximately twenty Ulysse Nardin dealers. Pricing ranges from around $12,000 to around $50,000, based on the model you choose. Additionally, the Chairman is compatible with most GSM networks around the world, and service plans are included with your purchase, which includes a warranty covering any internal and external repairs.

So forget the hybrid vehicle. The real wave of the future is the hybrid smart phone.