LaCie And Christofle Reveal $130 4GB Silver-Plated USB Drive

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LaCie has always been a company obsessed with style, and so this newest partnership isn't too surprising. The storage company has teamed with Christofle to introduce one of the fanciest USB flash drives we've ever seen. It's a circular device that snaps in two, with the Galet being pebble-shaped and plated in silver. It's definitely not for those who need a bargain drive, but if you're a fashionista, why not?


It's marketed as a beautiful tech accessory, as it's hand-crafted in France and plated with real silver. It's carefully inspected for a smooth finish before being shipped, and it's hand-packed in LaCie's factory in Paris. The Galet is only available in a 4GB size, and it'll sell for $130. Quite steep for a 4GB USB 2.0 key, but hey, SILVER!

Christofle and LaCie Reveal Luxury for Every Day: Galet USB Key

Today, two distinguished brands, Christofle and LaCie, introduce an elegant object for your digital belongings – Galet, design by Christofle. With its beautiful pebble shape and magnificent silver-plating, the Galet is a conversation piece that proves beauty and functionality can easily co-exist in our daily lives.

Changing the definition
The Galet is a new way of thinking about personal technology. Like a designer watch or a luxury pen, the Galet is an essential accessory.


Hand-crafted in France, each piece is individually plated with precious silver through Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process. Then it is carefully inspected for a smooth finish and radiant polish, which guarantees its excellence. The Galet is assembled and hand-packed in a charming gift box at LaCie’s factory in Paris, ensuring each Galet represents the finest presentation and quality. Once the process is complete, the result is a timeless gift that will bring convenience and luxury to one’s daily life.
 
Mobility made chic
The Galet is a collector of photo and music memories. It is a beautifully simple USB solution to keep your cherished files close and accessible. The Galet’s pebble shape easily fits into your life – in your pocket, on your key chain, or even around your neck – so you can take it with you wherever you go.

"The spirit and philosophies of Christofle and its luxury brand, combined with the technical expertise of LaCie, have come together to transform a universal technology into an object that is as beautiful and simple as a treasured piece of jewelry,” said Luc Pierart, Business Unit Manager, Consumer Peripherals, LaCie “Each time you open it, its mystery is revealed – an elegant USB key.”

Availability
The Galet comes in 4GB and includes LaCie’s Private-Public software with password protection. The Galet is will be available for $130 in Christofle boutiques worldwide, as well as the LaCie Online Store. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

About Christofle
Since its founding in 1830, the French luxury brand Christofle has sustained its unique know-how of silvercraft. While continuously modernizing techniques and applications throughout the years and collaborating with renowned designers, Christofle’s exceptional collections include jewelry, accessories, cutlery, baby gifts, decoration and exceptional Haute Orfèvrerie pieces. Discover the range on www.christofle.com.

About LaCie
With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, LaCie is a leading manufacturer of storage devices for PC, Apple, and Linux. LaCie has differentiated itself through sleek design and remarkable technical performance. Find out more about our products at www.lacie.com .
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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 11:44 AM

People usually admire luxury items because of their beauty and superior performance that is a result of the fine craftsmanship.

I see none of that here. The thing is ugly, the capacity is minuscule, and so wide that it's probably impractical for use with many systems. No one would envy a person that has one of these. It's like having a 20-ft wide luxury auto that only does 15MPH.

If they want to make a luxury piece they should fix the form-factor, make it 64GB, and sell it for $640.  It could still look unusual, just make it practical to use for its intended purpose too.

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coolice replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 11:54 AM

They're... umm... a silver plated usb key? come on? doesnt matter how rich you are, whats the purpose of that?

and 4gbs, for 140$, though i get that a big chunk of that is towards making the darn thing, atleast make it 8 or 16gigs.

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realneil replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 12:32 PM

coolice:
come on?

They'll make ANYTHING and try to sell it, the idiot part of the equation is the person with more money than sense who buys one or two of them.

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Yeah I agree 3vi1, form factor is retarded. I can see this not fitting in many usb ports, especially on motherboard backplates, or worse laptops. This thing looks thicker than a lot of notebooks, leaving them resting on it at an unstable angle. It reminds a little of http://www.computer-choppers.com/index.html

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coolice replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 3:10 PM

Well, i understand if they give it out as prizes or something

. Some rich people, sitting in their manors... sipping some 5000$ bottle of wine, spending 2 million $ on creme brulee and caviar from fish havent been born yet, and giving your their kids friends 140$ usb keys which they'll probably lose.

Yes yes, i am exaggerating

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Deeer....Orky!

This is another attempt to hit that egotistical market of those people who buy Apples because they seem more fashionable and make like a statement of your eco sensibility over practicality:P

I have a Tiffany key fob that is silver. beyond the functionality I see absolutely no reason for it. After a year it is all tarnished and scratched from sitting in my pocket. The ones I had before that only cost a buck fiddy worked just as well.

I don't complain because it was a gift. But for the price of that little piece of silver, as a guy I would have preferred a new Onkyo HT receiver :P She is learning though :) I still will never understand the fascination of needing a 15K Tiffany necklace when you can also get a new Jetta for that price:P

I look at that drive and wonder about its functionality? With all that silver on both sides in that flat form factor, how is it going to fit into most USB slots? It is probably only designed to fit in the side port of the Macbook, and nothing else will say douche louder than that!


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