The work that goes into producing the Mobiado 712MG Angular Momentum Edition Cell Phone turns a technological item into a a work of art. Forget the iPhone, Blackberry and Android this will cell phone make heads turn.
Combining the Japanese spirit of Mokume Gane with the imaginative art of Verre Èglomisé; Mobiado presents the 712MG Angular Mokume Gane ( 木目金 ) translates from Japanese as “wood grain metal”. This process of bonding mixed-metal was invented by Denbei Shoami (1651-1728) in 17th-century Feudal Japan and was used for sword fittings when the decline of the katana industry forced artisans to create purely decorative items.
The resulting painting is actually seen in reverse from the front, so the paint must be applied opposite to the intended effect, requiring a great deal of imagination, patience, and skill – most especially when the painting involves an entire palette of colors, as Angular Momentum’s do. The 712MG represents a milestone as the first phone to be created from Mokume Gane. The 712MG Angular Momentum Edition is the first phone to incorporate Verre Èglomisé as well as the first phone to be sold with a matching wristwatch.
The Externals: Mokume Gane – A symbol of Japanese spirit.
It created by putting copper, nickel silver, and brass through a thorough 7 step cleaning process, which is the key to preventing material delimitation. The layers are then stacked and wrap in steel foil. Once in the air tight environment, the billet is fused through heat and pressure for 2 to 3 hours in an electric kiln. It is then forged, hand twisted, and forged again for create the final material of Mokume Gane. The hand twisted Mokume Gane frame is then precision CNC machined and hand polished. No two phones are alike. The top of the phone is precision engraved with the Angular Momentum logo and the iconic Mobiado logo is CNC machine engraved into the body to bestow a final touch of elegance.
Large sapphire crystal plates, hand painted with 24 Karat gold lettering and symbols are precision inset into the Mokume Gane body. The buttons of the Classic 712MG Angular Momentum Edition are crafted from an array of sapphire crystal buttons (hand painted with 24 Karat yellow gold, 18 Karat rose gold, and silver) giving the phone a total of 204.5 Carats of sapphire crystal. The phone is then assembled using 24 Karat gold plated stainless steel screws.
The battery cover is made entirely from one piece of sapphire crystal and incorporates a unique hidden sliding battery cover mechanism (patent pending). The sapphire is hand painted with the Verre Èglomisé technique by Angular Momentum of Switzerland’s hyper-realism art master, Martin Pauli. With unique differences on each hand painted Verre Èglomisé dragon and each piece of Mokume Gane being twisted by hand, every 712MG Angular Momentum Edition phone is truly one of a kind. Limited to 3 unique pieces.
Before a sapphire crystal can be painted; the surface has to be cleaned by keeping it in hot concentrated hydrochloric acid to remove all metallic remains, and in a 250°C hot oven over night to remove organic remains.
On the reverse of the sapphire crystal, the painting is applied by using Aqua Regia oil and color pigments. Painstaking work and procedure is involved to put layer on layer with brushes and fine needles.
As a final step a protective layer of gold foil is applied over the enamel at the reverse of the sapphire crystal.
This technique of Verre Èglomisè miniature painting on the reverse of sapphire crystal has been developed by Martin Pauli of Angular Momentum in 2004. These miniatures are considered some of the finest and hyper-realistic available on the market today.
Here is the matching watch that comes with the cellphone…
Angular Momentum of Switzerland is a small, independent sole-manufacturer based in Bern, the Capital of Switzerland, and was founded in 1998. Reverse painting-on-glass is a uniquely difficult and skillful art. Èglomisé as is known in French, is done backwards on the inside of the sapphire crystal, it is a unique, rare, and difficult art. What makes this particular technique so difficult is the sequence of paint application necessary to achieve it successfully. Angular Momentum of Switzerland is a small, independent sole-manufacturer based in Bern, the Capital of Switzerland, and was founded in 1998. Reverse painting-on-glass is a uniquely difficult and skillful art. Èglomisé as is known in French, is done backwards on the inside of the sapphire crystal, it is a unique, rare, and difficult art. What makes this particular technique so difficult is the sequence of paint application necessary to achieve it successfully.