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Apple Gives Custom Apple Watch With Gold Link Bracelet to Designer Karl Lagerfeld

Several celebrities like Katy Perry, Drake, and Pharrell Williams have been spotted with the gold Apple Watch Edition ahead of the device's launch, but Apple gifted designer Karl Lagerfeld with something even more special -- a custom gold Apple Watch with a gold Link Bracelet.

In an image shared on Instagram by Lagerfeld's assistant and bodyguard Sebastian Jondeau, Lagerfeld wears a yellow gold Apple Watch with the one-of-a-kind yellow gold Link Bracelet, which Jondeau says was "specially made" by Apple.

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Karl Lagerfeld is a well-known fashion designer who's the head of both Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his own fashion house. Lagerfeld was present at the Apple Watch's first public appearance at French Parisian boutique Colette and as a style icon, he could be an important asset for Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts.

Though there's a Link Bracelet for the Silver and Space Black stainless steel Apple Watches, Apple did not make a similar band available for the gold Apple watch Edition, presumably due to price and the sheer amount of gold that would be necessary for such a band. The existence of a custom gold Link Bracelet does, however, suggest that such a band could be made available to the public in the future.

Just the gold used in the Modern Buckle band raises the price of the Apple Watch Edition from $10,000 (with Sport band) to $17,000, so the price of a pure gold Link Bracelet would likely be upwards of $25,000. The Link Bracelet for the standard Apple Watch is priced at $449 and is Apple's most expensive band.

As we creep closer to the April 24 launch of the Apple Watch, we may see more custom designs like this on the wrists of celebrities and other fashion designers as Apple hopes to use these influencers to convince people to drive Apple Watch sales.

(Thanks, John!)

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18 months ago
And that glove he has on. Designer maybe. But what some people call fashion, the rest of us just know is gaud awful tacky.
Rating: 113 Votes
18 months ago
Nilay Patel is going to be jealous of that glove. :D
Rating: 69 Votes
18 months ago
Pretty cool that all these wealthy celebrities are being given expensive watches only they would be able to afford in the first place, I guess.
Rating: 64 Votes
18 months ago
Apple Corporate is officially the rich coddling the rich.
Rating: 52 Votes
18 months ago
Ugh.

New product whose utility function is still up for significant debate.

The next new product Apple comes out with must be of the impact of the iPhone. After this announcement, and the release of a product that so many view as somewhat unnecessary, the pressure is on to deliver something that will appeal to the masses. Otherwise, Apple should be viewed as a company that is trying to manipulate loyal customers for the purpose of more profit.

The next one has to be a home run, because I have a feeling this one is not the next "thing." They will sell, at least in the beginning, because all Apple products do.. But sales will still be disappointing.

Anyone else find it odd, by the way, that a company whose motto seemed to be to "think different," which included an advertisement containing the likes of Albert Einstein and Bob Dylan is now releasing a product in a way that is entirely symmetrical with mainstream commercialism so prevelant these days? Overpriced designer fashion houses? Vogue magazine? Gold watches, iPhones, MacBooks? All symbols of the "elite."

I don't get any of it, except the continued chase of the almighty dollar.. Maybe.
Rating: 33 Votes
18 months ago
I want to see a rose gold Milanese Loop
Rating: 31 Votes
18 months ago

Ugh.

New product whose utility function is still up for significant debate.

The next new product Apple comes out with must be of the impact of the iPhone. After this announcement, and the release of a product that so many view as somewhat unnecessary, the pressure is on to deliver something that will appeal to the masses. Otherwise, Apple should be viewed as a company that is trying to manipulate loyal customers for the purpose of more profit.

The next one has to be a home run, because I have a feeling this one is not the next "thing." They will sell, at least in the beginning, because all Apple products do.. But sales will still be disappointing.

Anyone else find it odd, by the way, that a company whose motto seemed to be to "think different," which included an advertisement containing the likes of Albert Einstein and Bob Dylan is now releasing a product in a way that is entirely symmetrical with mainstream commercialism so prevelant these days? Overpriced designer fashion houses? Vogue magazine? Gold watches, iPhones, MacBooks? All symbols of the "elite."

I don't get any of it, except the continued chase of the almighty dollar.. Maybe.


Utility in question? Did people say the same about Bluetooth headsets? I think the utility of this watch is absolutely, unmistakably obvious to anyone that actually travels, sits in meetings, goes fishing, plays an instrument, etc. You get a ding on your phone, you glance at your watch. You can't hear your phone? Your wrist just vibrated. Yes, a phone can vibrate but it's not as jarring as your wrist, and can easily go unnoticed.

You say sales will be disappoint as if you actually really know this. You don't, you're speculating, and you have probably less credentials than even the worst analyst.
Rating: 21 Votes
18 months ago


Snap! (Almost...)

I don't really like it, but that's just me. If money was no object, I still wouldn't actually want to wear the Edition (unless they made a platinum/white gold version). I'd go for the SS link bracelet - think that looks the nicest.
Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago
That looks Horrid!



Reminds me of this:



Sorry Apple that's Soooooooooooooo tacky and cheap looking :(
Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago
Hmm, Honda Civic Si or Apple Watch.... decisions decisions.
Rating: 13 Votes

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