With names like Pinifarina and Christoph & Co., you know you’re looking at something expensive, and the Armills line of men’s jewelry is about as fancy as they come. These bracelets are nominally “high-tech” in the sense that they do incorporate an optional hardware module that allows the wearer to perform NFC payments, have automated venue access, one-touch valet access and other options. But that’s clearly not the main attraction. What is, is the 1,500 pave diamonds carefully hand-placed on the “highly complex ceramic shield” that serves to protect the delicate 18K gold surface of the piece, which itself is intertwined between pieces of carefully cut carbon fiber. A proprietary kinetic energy regeneration system powers the electronics, which should be able to go for long periods of time without a charge.
Like any high-end piece of jewelry, you’re paying mostly for the status than for any tangible benefit they bring. And the Armils bands don’t disappoint: “Christophe & Co. Armills bracelet will come in three models – Virtus, Orion and Apollo for $75,000, $93,000, and $149,000 respectively.”