Dubai retailer unveils $12,250 gold iPhone

Luxury Givori phone also includes alligator skin, diamonds and gemstones

Luxury smartphone retailer Givori this week launched its new 2013 collection, which included an Italian handcrafted, 19 karat gold iPhone which retails at AED45,000 ($12,251) and is adorned with alligator skin, diamonds and gemstones.

As part of Givori’s Charlotte Spring/Summer 2013 Collection it has signed an agreement with Dubai’s Damas Jewellery to sell the upmarket iPhone in Damas Les Exclusives boutiques across the Gulf.

Customised and 100 percent hand-crafted in Italy, the Charlotte iPhones retail for AED 45,000 and is limited to fifty individually numbered pieces worldwide.

"Givori’s beautiful products are perfect for Damas,” said Josh Morar, Brand Director, Damas, which will initially stock Givori at its Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai Mall and Wafi branches, before extending the partnership across the region.

“We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Damas, which is an explicit recognition that Givori products are not just luxury smartphones – they are unique pieces of jewellery in their own right,” said Stephanie Holden, General Manager at Givori.

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Posted by: Billy

Once again just goes to show that money does not buy good taste! How can anyone justify killing a beautiful alligator especially for such an egotistical, disposable and ridiculously expensive piece of tat. Shame on all the idiots involved with this outrageously offensive product. Hopefully anyone foolish enough to buy one of these abominations will be viewed with scorn and ridicule and not envy.....but then again....this is Dubai.

Posted by: Sam

There are millions of alligators in the world, using a few for their skins wont make a difference. If you cant admire a thing of beauty, which this phone certainly is, maybe its better to stay quiet rather than sound like you are all jealous of those who can afford such luxuries ?

Posted by: Adam Ali Rothstein

This story appeared within (computer screen) inches of this story: "Dubai labourers stage rare strike for more pay"

Something is rotten in Denmark.

Posted by: Mark Renton

Given that the useful life of a smartphone these days is about 12 - 18 months, this is clearly aimed at people with more money than no surprise it's being marketed in Dubai......

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