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High-End 18-Karat Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

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The Apple Watch Edition, which is the version of the company’s smartwatch that comes in 18-karat gold, could cost up to $1,200, reports TechCrunch.

The report notes that a watch expert gave the above estimate based on the size and weight of the device. During the keynote, the company pointed out that the Apple Watch Edition was crafted by the company’s metallurgists to be “nearly twice as hard as standard gold.”

Chad Rickicki, a watch expert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said that a case the size and shape of the Apple Watch in 18 carat gold would cost about $600 to make. The rest – the electronics and markup could double that price.

That doesn’t mean that all of the Apple Watches will rest in the rarified air of haute horlogerie. The lower end sport versions will start at $349 and presumably the standard versions, simply called Apple Watch, will receive a premium over that. The Edition watches, however, are expensive because gold is expensive, even at 18K and intermixed with Apple’s alloys.

The Apple Watch Edition will come with a polished sapphire crystal display and a rumoured special jewellery box that can also be used to charge the device.

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The Apple Watch will be released in early 2015 and will come in three versions: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition.

The Apple Watch will come in a stainless steel or space black stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal display and a range of stylish bands. The Apple Watch Sport will come in a lighter anodized aluminium case in silver or space gray with strengthened Ion-X glass and a variety of durable bands. The Apple Watch Edition will come in an 18-karat gold case in yellow or rose with a sapphire crystal display and exquisitely crafted bands.

Apple’s wearable device is set to start at $349, which will presumably be the smaller version of the base Apple Watch. Which version of the Apple Watch interests you the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • bspence88

    I’m thinking of the sport watch with the sport band and an extra leather magnet band depending on where I’m using it.

  • OliChabot

    I don’t think the Edition would be a hit. Sure some people will buy it, but most of people who have the money to get a 1,000$ watch wants something that last forever, a piece of art in itself and not something that comes ”obsolete” within 4 years. The iWatch will be like any other Apple product, after 2-3 years it will start lagging and a new one will be necessary (like the iPhone 3GS/4 right now). People with Tag Heuer or Hublot watches keep them for 20 years.

  • Nick

    Edition is for those who really care about the fashion and have the money to spend on it.

  • OliChabot

    But don’t you think those people are the same people who buys Tag Heuer and Hublot, Rolex,etc.. ? You think they will prefer an iWatch that needs to be changed after 3 years than a luxury watch ? I am not arguing, I am trully wondering what people think of this and how the market’s going to react… But maybe that’S what they want, to see what type of people buys it the most : The techno guy who wants a regular smartwatch, the athlete, or the rich with luxurious taste.

  • Wuju

    Is the regular sapphire glass better or worst then the sport model. Not sure what the sport’s surface glass mean?

  • Nick

    I think you’re right. If those people are also true watch collectors they are not going to by a smartwatch, they will buy a true timepiece like a Rolex. Unless they have enough money to spend in which case they can upgrade every two years.

  • Nick

    In terms of durability I would assume they would both be relatively equal. We won’t know the exact differences until they are tested. There might be some added durability benefits to the Ion-X strengthened glass on the Apple Watch Sport.

  • Eric

    Its the Kim Kardashian Model

  • Jigga

    Cool story bro.

  • bspence88

    Simply answering the writer’s question ass.

    “Which version of the Apple Watch interests you the most? Let us know in the comments below.”

  • bspence88

    I assume the Ion-X glass is more shatter resistant than sapphire which is known to shatter easier than gorilla glass, etc.

  • Anon

    Peanuts compared to my $5K Rolex.

  • Anon

    I would use this as a workout watch. It isn’t much, considering you can sell it for at least half the cost when a new one comes out.

  • sukisszoze

    Have to really compare the Watch vs Watch Sport for me, such as difference in glass and price. May wait for version 2 that will likely be waterproof with longer battery life and thinner.

  • WatDah

    No doubt. Though a $5k Rolex is rather peanuts in itself…

  • Nick

    As would most people. I think Apple is focusing heavily on health and fitness. As we see future generations of the device I think we will see more sensors and software that allow you to track more things.

  • Steve

    It’s a no-brainier. Get the Sport. Stronger lighter casing and glass. Bands are interchangeable throughout all 3 watch versions. So can make a sport look like a regular the regular version, just by swapping out the band.

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