There is, apparently, a $150,000 self-charging tech wristband from the luxury fashion house Christophe & Co. The Armill Apollo is reportedly designed by Pininfarina and customized to each wearer — we should certainly think so — and includes such decorative details as precious stones and leather. It doesn’t have a screen, and it’s not a watch, but does include a button that you use to (we’re not making this up, we swear) tell your smartphone to summon your valet (valet not included in the price). There is also an NFC chip, which apparently have be used as an ID for promised future exclusive events.
(An armill, by the way, is defined by Wikipedia as a bracelet that is “a symbol of the bond which unites the sovereign and her subjects.”)
Because there is such a low power demand (and really — how often can you summon your valet, after all?) the Armill line is powered by the same kind of rotors that power self-powering watches. No batteries required. Which is good, because batteries are expensive.
Christophe & Co. is taking pre-orders for the 425 Armill’s they’ll make: 300 Virtus models at $75,000 each, 100 Orion models at $93,000 each, and 25 Apollo models at $149,000 each. The thing is, the Christophe & Co. website requires a passcode to get past the splash screen; you need to send them your name, email, and reason for your inquiry.