Motion-powered phone details unmasked

Cheaper to run than to buy

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Posh Swiss watch firm Ulysse Nardin has broken its silence about its upcoming motion-powered phone, releasing specifications for and pictures of the exclusive handset.

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The Chairman: charged by kinetic energy

As previously reported, Chairman boasts a “kinetic rotor system” that pumps power through to a back-up battery each time you move the talker. The phone can be charged from the mains too.

Sadly, as with most Vertu-esque phones, Chairman’s other technical specifications aren’t much more than seaworthy - despite the ship's anchor iconography.

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Nope, she's not included

It has a 2.8in touch-sensitive screen, a 5Mp camera and Wi-Fi capability – all three of which are good to have, but hardly groundbreaking, and come as standard on many free to £100 ($143/€106) phones available on the high street.

But, if you’re worried about security, then you’ll probably be impressed by the inclusion of a biometric reader. An integrated cigar cutter and lighter would have been cool too, but are absent.

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The rotary motor sits in the Chairman's rear

Five Chairman models have been created, but aesthetics appear to be the only differences.

For example, the “Rose Gold & Blue” model has light blue body with gold coloured keys and rotary mechanism. But the “Steel & Blue” model, as the name suggests, swaps the gold for steel.

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Five colour styles of Chairman are available, including the pictured "Stealth Black"

A formal launch date or price hasn’t been confirmed yet, but such details will probably only be given “upon application” anyway. ®

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