Vertu, manufacturer of luxury handmade mobile phones has raised curtains of its latest masterpiece. Dubbed Aster Yosegi Wood, the limited edition mobile phone is a perfect blend of Vertu’s exquisite British craftsmanship and the stunning 200 year old Japanese art of Yosegi-Zaiku. The smartphone featuring beautiful marquetry pattern created using traditional Japanese art is a stunning addition to the Vertu Aster collection. Vertu selected the Checkerboard (Ichimatsu-Ajiro) Yosegi pattern based on bamboo weaves and fishnets as the exclusive design for the phone.
Vertu teamed up with Yamaha Corporation in conceiving this luxury phone. With Yamaha’s long-term experience in working with luxury wooden finishes alongside Vertu’s expertise, the limited edition Aster Yosegi Wood was destined to become something special. An entirely new method for applying Yosegi wood to this phone was used by Vertu which starts with the original creation of a Yosegi pattern that includes gluing together oblong timber rods into a block which contains an complex geometric pattern.
The section surface of this pattern is cut into extremely thin veneers showcasing the magnificent Ichimatsu-Ajiro checkerboard design. The veneer is then delicately wrapped around the phone and further treated with up to 6 layers of hand applied lacquer with repeated sanding and polishing to offer an exquisite gloss finish. Japanese artist Hiroko Imada was commissioned by Vertu to develop the campaign visual concept for Aster Yosegi Wood.
Boasting a 5.1” sapphire crystal screen, the luxury phone comes with a 4.7” full HD display that offers a resolution of 473ppi. Vertu Aster Yosegi Wood packs a Hasselblad-certified 13mp rear camera that comes with a sapphire crystal lens and anti-reflection coating. A front camera is also there for video calling. Limited to 50 pieces only, the smartphone will come with a beige and black calf leather case.