Nowadays, smartphones are quite costly, especially the top-of-the-line premium models, but there are still some well-off individuals who can afford them. Limited editions are not uncommon in the smartphone industry, but nothing screams "limited edition" more than a very limited number of devices made with extravagant materials and designs.
Caviar, a luxury brand known for creating unique and expensive variations of already expensive smartphones, has once again released a special edition for Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy S24 series, just in time for the Chinese New Year. This edition celebrates the Year of the Dragon and incorporates elements that represent the union of Eastern and Western cultures, which Samsung's smartphones are known for. This collaboration between Samsung and Caviar features a golden Korean dragon bas-relief with 24-karat gold, descending from the top of the phone and wrapping around an analog watch at the center of the design.
The watch, a CVR ELT3350A Tourbillon with a manual winding mechanism and 19 stones, adds thickness to the otherwise slim phone but its novelty and beauty make it worth the price. Interestingly, the watch is surrounded by the 12 signs of the Western zodiac, instead of the Chinese zodiac, symbolizing the blend of European and Eastern cultures.
The intricate design also pays attention to detail, with enamel on PVD-coated titanium representing the company's mix of cultures. The three diamonds in the corner represent Samsung's original logo, the "three stars", and the green color of the watch dial symbolizes rebirth and prosperity, fitting for the Year of the Wood Dragon. This exclusive design comes with a hefty price tag of $15,070 and only 24 devices will be made, making it a status symbol for the elite. Owning one of these rare and enchanting pieces of craftsmanship is a mark of prestige, and the chances of meeting another person with the same phone are as low as encountering a mythical Korean dragon.