Camera phones are pretty much de rigueur nowadays but what about clock phones? Sure, your mobile phone no doubt displays the time but does it simultaneously give the time for six different time zones using six separate clock faces on the rear of the phone? Unless you own one of Gresso’s Luxor World Time phones, I’m guessing not.
The Luxor World Time phone is obviously designed for jet-setters who know that time is money and can’t spare a single second to open one of the myriad of world time apps available for even the most basic smartphone. It features six independent Swiss clockwork mechanisms on the back panel of the phone, displaying the time for the five world business centers of Tokyo, Moscow, Paris, London and New York, with the sixth able to be set by the user – presumably for the holiday house on the French Riviera.
If you’re thinking the phone is nothing but a cheap gimmick, you're wrong on at least one count. The phone’s screen and clock-face are fringed with two 97-carat sapphire crystals with high gloss coating, while the case is made of a specially developed ultrastrong and lightweight titanium alloy that is coated with ceramics to prevent tarnish and discoloration.
The front panel is offset with a bezel made of planished steel with black PVD coating, while the back panel features genuine Italian leather. The luxury materials don’t stop there, with each key of the keypad made of a single sapphire crystal that has been manually polished with a diamond tool to make it pleasant to the touch.
If you want to use the phone as something other than a clock then unfortunately the non-time related specs are decidedly average. There’s a 240 x 320 pixel TFT display, 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, FM radio, voice recorder, voice commands, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, internal modem, Java support, an organizer and media player supporting MIDI, WMA, WAV, AVI, ASF and WMV formats. Storage is also pretty limited with only 30MB of internal memory expandable via microSD cards of up to 2GB.
The phone measures 116 x 46.5 x 16mm (4.5 x 1.8 x 0.6-in) and weighs 120g (4.2 oz). Its lithium-ion battery is good for around 5 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours on standby, while a separate power backup for the rear clock faces should keep them ticking for 10 years.
If you’re familiar with any of Gresso’s previous offerings, which in addition to mobile phones, includes an MP3 player, USB Flash drive pendants and a mobile phone customization service, you’ll no doubt already be bracing yourself for the pricing details. So here it is – Gresso is selling the Luxor World Time phone through its website for US$6,000.