Greetings from space.
When humanity first learned that it was possible to send denizens of planet Earth out into the wider universe, our collective imaginations were set aflame. Starting in the 1960s, a tidal wave of “Space Age fever” swept the globe, leading to the bucking of norms in design and unparalleled advances in technology.
It was the vision of that decade’s luminaries, like André Courrèges, Paco Rabanne, and Pierre Cardin, which led to the introduction of liquid mercury tunics, chainmail dresses, and silvery go-go boots to the catwalk. That thrill of creativity ran down society’s spine—and continues to do so today, as we see the titans of today’s industry place rocket ships over runways, and weave celestial cartography into their haute couture.
In the past year, the human race has been more or less homebound, although that hasn’t put any constraints on originality—or our fascination with what lies beyond the possible. If anything, in fact, there’s been a surge in innovation, as we attempt to remain connected and wait to be allowed to wander once more. At Vogue, that has meant remote photoshoots, virtual reality studios, and covers generated entirely in CGI. For technology pioneers OPPO, on the other hand, it has meant the creation of the phone of the future.
In a world that never stands still (as we all are, at all times, hurtling through space at 1,700 kilometres per hour), OPPO has fixed an unwavering gaze on what lies ahead. Its Find X3 Pro is the product of trailblazers who have come together in search of something greater. They have found it in the darkest expanses of our solar system.
As Julien Dossena, creative director of Paco Rabanne, said in 2019, space “carries values of excitement and belief in human kin and progress.” The same is true of OPPO’s newest smartphone, which features unparalleled craftsmanship, echoing the way that spaceships are forged. A passion for Space Age aesthetic has led to a bezel-less, borderless design, making the Find X3 Pro absolutely limitless. At less than 9mm thick, it is a slender, powerful beast. And with alarms and ringtones custom-composed by no less than Hans Zimmer himself, its arrival is both cinematic and otherworldly.
But the Find X3 Pro’s curvilinear crown jewel lies in its holistic design. When it comes to space flight, attitude is everything—quite literally, as “attitude” refers to a craft’s orientation, and how it is positioned relative to the Sun and the Earth. At OPPO, it’s safe to say that the right attitude was paramount in the Find X3 Pro’s development, as the team’s designers and engineers did the impossible.
The smartphone is a single, complete piece of glass, smooth as silk, which rises gently to encapsulate a camera module. The surface of this curve is so precise and perfect, uninterruptedly reflecting light, that it can’t be drawn with conventional software. To overcome this, OPPO’s designers projected a 2D image onto a 3D surface, splitting the phone’s theoretical shape into more than 2,000 individual dots, which could then be tweaked into an unbroken curve.
The engineers then tagged in, ensuring a uniform smoothness across its back’s every micrometre. This is different from the vast majority of smartphones on the market today, which have a camera bulge that is separate from the back plate. The Find X3 Pro’s sleek contours are warm and natural, leading to perfect balance and a singular strength—and beauty.
Known as the “one billion colour” smartphone, the colour science behind the Find X3 Pro’s capabilities has led to its camera’s ability to capture a spectrum of exactly 1.07 billion colours, all in the palm of your hand. Switch smoothly from the ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto lenses. Then, explore a hidden world with the fourth and final focal option, the microlens, which is able to capture details not visible to the naked eye.
Whether you incline more towards the Gloss Black, with its glazed look and feel, or the matte Blue, with an elegant anti-glare finish applied to frosted glass, the Find X3 Pro is ready to be your companion to the outer recesses of the known universe. After all, its fundamental function is as a tool of communication; it will be your lifeline to your loved ones, whether they’re ensconced just down the road, settled halfway around the world, or flung out into space.
That’s certainly true for the influencers Willabelle Ong (@willamazing) and Zoen Tay (@tayzoen), who have partnered with Vogue Singapore and OPPO to plumb the depths of darkest space. They wonder: What does one say to Earth, looking down on it? Where can one go? What does one wear?
For Ong, the answer to that last question comes in the vein of “more is more,” as she dazzles in a silvery, sequined outfit that recalls the mood of Zuhair Murad’s spaced-out Fall 2016 collection. And Tay, mysterious and unknown as Planet 9 itself, smoulders in a corset and combat boots. Using their Find X3 Pros to phone home, Ong and Tay traverse the cosmos.
The OPPO Find X3 Pro—never leave the planet without one.