Native Union Monocle is the Victorian phone earpiece you never knew you needed

All the bulk of a set of on-ear headphones, with none of the convenience of stereo sound or a means of holding it in place. Hipsters will love it

Actual monocles may have gone out of fashion long ago, but Native Union, purveyor of the retro-tastic POP phone and the Video Memo Pad wants to bring them back – in name, at least.

The company has unveiled the Monocle – a portable speakerphone that looks suspiciously like half a set of headphones with an inline mic.

The unlikely device won't suit all tastes, but Native Union insists it can be pressed to the ear and used quietly as a headset or cranked up loud and used as a speakerphone or for playing music.

Up to 11 Monocles can be connected up for more volume or for listening privately to a conference call. It also comes with a handy loop for hanging off things. "What's that on your bag?", "Oh, that? It's just my Monocle."

Unlike Patrick Moore's eyewear of choice, this Monocle is available in a range of six colours including Coral Red and Black Copper and can be yours for £40.

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