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For the discriminating cellphone user, the latest iPhone may not make a bold enough statement about his or her disposable income. Enter the LeDix Origine mechanical mobile phone from French start-up Celsius X VI II. The machine’s Swiss-made tourbillon clock is wound every time the US $326 000 titanium-and-sapphire clamshell phone is opened. Functions such as the 3.2-megapixel camera with zoom and built-in flash are powered by a lithium-ion battery.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.