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This Is What A £13k Phone Looks Like

Quilted calf leather upholstery.

Jet black PVD-coated grade 5 titanium.

Black ceramic pillow detailing.

No, it's not the options list on the latest Rolls-Royce - these are some of the design features on the £13,700-build 'Pure Jet Red Gold' edition of the Vertu Signature Touch Phone.

The British luxury gadget maker has never scrimped on details (their £10,700 Bentley model had an audio system tuned by Bang & Olufsen), but the new Signature Touch range takes the opulent biscuit. 

Each of the volume control keys, power key, screws, pillow trim and back plate rails are constructed from red-gold, contrasting with the black leather and titanium structure. A folding 'gull wing' rear gives access to a MicroSD card slot and SIM card slot. And the ringtones? Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, obviously. 

As for the 'phone' itself, it runs the latest Android (Lollipop 5.1) on a 5.2-inch HD screen, with a 21 megapixel rear camera. The massive price tag also gets you access to Vertu's concierge service (for 18 months) and access to exclusive Vertu 'cultural events'.

And if all that sounds a bit much, you can get the Jet Calf model for a bargain at £6,500.

(Images: Vertu)