Christophe & Co. have combined high-technology with luxury jewellery in their Armill series. Christophe & Co. designed these wearables to incorporate small rotors that charge their batteries like automatic or auto quartz watches to generate power via the motion of one’s wrist. The company claims that the power reserve can be up to one year, and with frequent wear, users won’t ever need to charge their Armills devices. The company will hire the world-famous talents of the Pininfarina design house in Italy mostly known for the design of Ferrari cars. The bracelet is at display at Baselworld 2015.
The wearable will offer optional built-technology, customized to user’s needs, and takes the form of an upgradable module. It makes use of NFC and Bluetooth LE, and features a kinetic energy generation system that recharges the battery using the motion of the user’s arm. The extremely high price will throw away prospective customers, but it needs to be viewed as a high-end jewellery piece first and wearable technology second.
“We decided to take a watch movement to an auto quartz, but created a lot more electricity and actually charge the electronics.” said Bernhard of Christophe & Co. “This is something that, when I had the idea, I wasn’t sure we’d be able to do it, because nobody had done it with wearable tech before.” The interesting aspect of the product is the company’s ability to custom tailor the needs specifically as per the client’s requirements. The company is in the process of creating a network of partners around the world, who hold prestigious events – such as Formula One races – where the Armill will act as a physical entry key using the built in NFC technology. Users can also set up the device to message a specific contact, such as a personal assistant, by tapping a combination on the built-in capacitive sensor.
All three versions of the Armill – Apollo, Orion, and Virtus are the company’s prized possessions. Precision like this has never been seen before; just the manufacturing process requires calculations to an exact degree. “From a manufacturing perspective, nobody has ever done a piece of ceramics like this. People in the ceramics industry have told us ‘you can’t do that, it’s impossible’, and we did it. The ceramics are more expensive than anything else on the piece.”
The Apollo Armill, on display at Baselworld features more than 1,500 micro pavé set GVS diamonds. Each gem is hand set under a microscope. The engraving is done by UK’s artist Maryam Golubeva. Even though it has a delicate nature to its construction, the Apollo Armill feels solid on your wrist. The piece exhibits the same quality of finish you’d expect from a luxury sports car. Priced at $149,000, the clientele for this piece is exclusive to say the least. Only 25 of the Apollo variant will be constructed, 100 Orion, and 300 Virtus worldwide. “This is built to a standard, and to an ideal, and the price is the price. It’s not for everybody, it’s very specific, very small volumes, it’s made in the UK so it’s extremely expensive to make, but it’s made at the very top level.”