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History

Inspired to create something unique, of exceptional quality, from the rarest, most exquisite and robust materials. To go far beyond what was considered possible. Our story is one of relentless reinvention and commitment to bring you the extraordinary.

2014


2014

JUNE

Signature Touch is released. With Bang & Olufsen-tuned sound, a Hasselblad-tuned camera and a high-performance processor, Vertu’s place at the pinnacle of luxury technology is assured.

2014

MAY

The dazzling limited edition Constellation Gemstones is revealed, each with 80 rose rubies or 80 liquorice sapphires, precisely set into grade-5 titanium.

2014

APRIL

Monogram is launched for Constellation, for the first time allowing customers to personalise their Vertu with their initials and a wide selection of designer colours.

2014

MARCH

The Constellation collection expands with the unmistakably striking Alligator model.

2013


2013

OCTOBER

The Extraordinary Vertu Constellation is launched.

2013

AUGUST

Vertu unveils the VERTU Ti Ferrari Limited Edition. Two iconic brands. One shared passion.

2013

JUNE

Pure Chocolate is a new addition to the iconic Signature range.

2013

FEBRUARY

Vertu Certainty partners with Silent Circle to provide encrypted communication services.

2013

FEBRUARY

Vertu Life is launched offering tailored privileges, curated events and extraordinary experiences.

2013

FEBRUARY

Vertu enters a new era with VERTU Ti, the company’s first smartphone powered by Android™.

2012


2012

NOVEMBER

Vertu’s relentless commitment to pioneering design is embodied in the launch of Signature Zirconium, the first handset to be crafted from this ultra-strong, yet astonishingly light material.

2012

OCTOBER

Constellation Blue is launched in collaboration with Italia Independent and their Chief Designer, Lapo Elkann.

2012

JUNE

Vertu launches Constellation Smile in partnership with Smile Train, a charity dedicated to providing cleft lip and palate operations for disadvantaged children around the world.

2012

MAY

Constellation Candy is launched, the ultimate fashion accessory.

2012

APRIL

The inaugural Vogue Festival, in association with Vertu, takes place in London.

2012

JANUARY

Created by Vertu, inspired by Ferrari. The Constellation Quest Ferrari is launched including exclusive Ferrari Services.

2011


2011

OCTOBER

Vertu launches a service offering customers complimentary access to a global network of Private Members’ Clubs.

2011

OCTOBER

Vertu Certainty is launched.

2011

OCTOBER

The latest Constellation is launched with a grand event in Milan.

2011

SEPTEMBER

The Mother of Pearl Shosai Kitamura collection is unveiled.

2011

JUNE

The Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre is launched.

2011

MARCH

Vertu launch Global Art Commission with Richard Wilson installation at Saatchi Gallery.

2010


2010

OCTOBER

The Constellation Quest is launched - the first luxury smartphone.

2010

OCTOBER

Created by Vertu, inspired by Ferrari - The Ferrari Ascent GT is launched.

2010

APRIL

The Ascent X is launched.

2010

MARCH

The Vertu Kissho collection is unveiled.

2010

MARCH

The new Vertu concept design store opens.

2009


2009

SEPTEMBER

The first Vertu flip phone is launched - the Constellation Ayxta.

2009

JULY

Following the popularity of the Ascent Ti, Vertu launch the virtually unbreakable Carbon Fibre edition.

2009

JULY

Vertu launch their accessories range - the Vertu V Collection.

2009

APRIL

The Vertu Signature handset is awarded a prestigious Red Dot Award for design.

2008


2008

NOVEMBER

Created by Vertu, inspired by Ferrari - The Ascent Ti Ferrari collection is launched.

2008

OCTOBER

The revised Signature is launched.

2007


2007

SEPTEMBER

The Vertu Ascent Ti is launched.

2006


2006

JUNE

Vertu Constellation, the third collection, is launched with the world's first ceramic keypad.

2006

FEBRUARY

The Vertu Ascent Racetrack Legend Series collection is launched.

2005


2005

DECEMBER

The Signature Precious collection is launched.

2005

OCTOBER

An Ascent prototype is run over by a car - and survives.

2005

AUGUST

The first use of carbon fibre on a phone.

2005

APRIL

The 10,000th Concierge request is fulfilled.

2004


2004

JUNE

The plasma ceramic pillow is created.

2004

JANUARY

The second collection, Vertu Ascent, is launched to the public. Ascent draws its inspiration from high-performance sports cars.

2003


2003

JUNE

The laser-drilled keypad is granted a patent.

2002


2002

SEPTEMBER

First Vertu Concierge request: a flight from London to New York.

2002

JANUARY

In a spectacular location overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the first-ever luxury mobile phone, the Vertu Signature, is introduced to the world.

2001


2001

OCTOBER

The Vertu Signature is granted a hallmark by the Swiss Assay Office - the first electronic product to do so.

2001

SEPTEMBER

The Vertu training school is established. Each handset is assembled by hand and it can take up to a year to learn how to assemble a handset from start to finish.

2001

JULY

The first prototype Signature keypad is built. After a three-year long quest, the carefully tuned "perfect click" is heard for the very first time.

2001

MARCH

The complex production process for sapphire crystal is perfected, creating the world's largest piece of cosmetic sapphire crystal at 69.25 carats.

2001

JANUARY

The quarter-turn locking mechanism is designed - a mechanical delight.

2000


2000

JULY

The company headquarters are established in England.

2000

JUNE

A wide-ranging team of R&D specialists is pulled together in secret.

2000

APRIL

The decision is taken to use precision-made Swiss watch screws.

1998


1998

OCTOBER

The principle of handcrafting and the aim to use exotic, rare and naturally durable materials is established.

1998

OCTOBER

Vertu is founded upon the go-ahead of the Nokia Board.

1998

FEBRUARY

Chief Designer Frank Nuovo sketches ideas.

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