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In June, UK mobile-phone manufacturer Vertu opened a boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The store—the company’s third retail outlet in the United States—carries classic Vertu designs and recent releases, including the Vertu Ascent 2010 ( This last iteration of the automotive-inspired Ascent Collection debuted in April and promises to be even more durable than previous versions. The Ascent 2010 phones are available with casings of either anodized aerospace-grade aluminum or forged titanium; prices begin at $5,500 and $7,800, respectively.