HP Spectre 13 to come in 18K gold limited edition SKUs
One way to improve public perception of an already high-end consumer gadget is to embellish it with gold and gems designed by renowned artists and designers. Thus, we shouldn't be too surprised to learn that the recently announced Spectre 13 has been made even more luxurious with special edition SKUs adorned in diamonds and 18-karat gold.
Designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah have taken HP's "thinnest laptop in the world" and worked closely with the manufacturer to create two luxurious skins for the already sleek notebook. VP of Design and Personal Systems at HP Stacy Wolff believes that spectacular art can be created from combining luxurious designs with high-performance notebooks.
HP Spectre by Tord Boontje
Boontje's vision of the Spectre 13 has dressed the notebook in cherry blossoms and flowers and even peacocks and butterflies around the outer lid. The final Midnight Blue design is coated with 18-karat gold accents to contrast the pattern and Swarovski crystals in the shape of a flower.
HP Spectre by J. Hannah
Jewelry designer Hannah has a comparatively brighter strategy for approaching the Spectre 13. Instead of the gingerly etched features of the Boontje design, her unit is instead coated from top to bottom with 18-karat gold. The Power button and HP logo are decorated with diamonds for an added level of luxuriousness.
The two designs will be auctioned in limited quantities starting next month at the Cannes festival. All proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which is a non-commercial organization promoting the vision and legacy of the South African President.