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VERTU MILESTONES

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.

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February 1998

Chief Designer Frank Nuovo sketches first ideas.

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October 1998

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

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October 1998

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

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April 2000

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

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June 2000

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

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July 2000

The Vertu company headquarters are established in England.

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January 2001

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

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March 2001

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

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July 2001

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.

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September 2001

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

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October 2001

Vertu Signature is granted a Hallmark by the Swiss Assay Office - the first ever to be granted to an electronic device.

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January 2002

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

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September 2002

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

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June 2003

The laser-drilled keypad is granted a patent.

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January 2004

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

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June 2004

The plasma ceramic pillow is created.

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April 2005

The 10,000th Concierge request is fulfilled.

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August 2005

The first use of carbon fibre on a phone.

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October 2005

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

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December 2005

The Signature Precious collection is launched.

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February 2006

The Vertu Ascent Racetrack Legend Series collection is launched.

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June 2006

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

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September 2007

Vertu Ascent Ti is launched.

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October 2008

The revised Signature is launched.

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November 2008

Created by Vertu, inspired by Ferrari: the Ascent Ti Ferrari collection is launched.

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April 2009

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

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July 2009

Vertu launches their accessories range: the Vertu V Collection.

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July 2009

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

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September 2009

The first Vertu flip phone is launched: Constellation Ayxta.

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March 2010

The new Vertu concept design store opens.

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March 2010

The Vertu Kissho collection is unveiled..

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April 2010

Ascent X is launched.

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October 2010

Created by Vertu, inspired by Ferrari: Ferrari Ascent GT is launched.

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October 2010

Constellation Quest is launched - the first luxury smartphone.

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March 2011

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

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June 2011

Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre is launched.

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September 2011

The Mother of Pearl Shosai Kitamura collection is unveiled.

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October 2011

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

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October 2011

Vertu Certainty is launched.

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October 2011

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

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January 2012

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

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April 2012

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

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May 2012

Constellation Candy is launched, the ultimate fashion accessory.

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June 2012

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.

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October 2012

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

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November 2012

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.

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February 2013

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

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February 2013

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

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February 2013

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

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June 2013

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

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August 2013

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

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October 2013

The Extraordinary Vertu Constellation is launched.

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March 2014

The Constellation collection expands with the unmistakably striking Alligator model.

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April 2014

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.

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May 2014

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

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June 2014

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

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July 2014

Vertu announces a five-year exclusive partnership between Vertu and Bentley - two world-leading brands committed to British craftsmanship, contemporary elegance, luxury performance and technology.

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October 2014

Vertu launches the unmistakably sophisticated Aster, which effortlessly blends a stylish design aesthetic with exceptional audio-visual performance and connectivity.