$10,000 Apple Watch will be a status symbol

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by furam90, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. furam90 macrumors regular

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    As in a symbol of someone I do not want to talk to.

    I can understand paying a high price for 'stylish' watches, but the Apple Watch is for function-- the cheaper model will be able to do the same thing as the higher end model and lets face it is-- it doesn't look that great. Not to mention high-end watches are for life, an Apple Watch will be obsolete within a year or two. If I saw someone wearing a 10k Apple Watch the first thing I would think is... what the heck is going through this persons mind? Why not actually get a good-looking, long lasting watch if you're throwing down that type of money? I would immediately start questioning the persons decision making skills and ego.

    I really hope Apple knows what its doing with this because I don't think the market for rich out of touch nerds who wear 10k smartwatches will be that large.
     
  2. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Just because you don't like the way it looks doesn't mean every one doesn't like how it looks.

    Apple Apple is marketing it as a fashion device. Not a tech device. So for some people it may not be for function but fashion.

    Don't judge people for doing or buying something you wouldn't.
     
  3. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    Fewer people for you to be horrifically judgmental towards, then. Result!
     
  4. furam90 thread starter macrumors regular

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    You're not going to find people willing to throw down 10k for a 'fashion' device that is anything but. I don't really know of many people saying "Wow, I want an Apple Watch because it looks so beautiful and fashionable." Most adults will take a look at a Rolex and see how much better of an investment it is. People want an Apple Watch because its notifications on their wrist and an extension of their phone, not because of looks.

    Good luck to Apple Marketing on this one --the people who set fashion trends do not overlap at all with the people who would buy a first generation clunky tech gadget.
     
  5. KenAFSPC, Mar 6, 2015
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    Even the $500 stainless steel model will be a status symbol.

    Very few people are going to lay down $500 for an electronic watch gadget that must be charged every night just to tell the time, unless they happen to be a hardcore Apple enthusiast and/or a nerd seeking to show off.
     
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    A dumbphone owner, circa 2007:

    Very few people are going to lay down $599 for a cell phone with no physical keyboard that must be charged every night just to make calls, unless they happen to be a hardcore Apple enthusiast and/or a nerd seeking to show off.
     
  7. BvizioN macrumors 68040

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    Not sure if that kind of person who splashes 10 thousands of $ on a watch would be interested to talk to you either... just saying.

    Same as with other standard watches. The cheaper one tells you the time just as good as the multi thousand of $ priced one.

    Let's face it - look is subjective and this is your opinion.
     
  8. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    If the Apple Watch is successful, it will change the whole industry.

    Sure, a watch your Grandad wore 50 years ago is still something you could wear today, but will your grandchildren be wanting to wear your watch in 50 years time?

    What is expected from a watch hasn't changed much in 50 years, however, it will change drastically in the next 50 years.

    You are applying logic of the past 50 years to the next 50 years. A mistake many are making.

    Will the $10,000 Apple Watch be obsolete in 3 or 4 years? Almost certainly.

    If you are worrying about that, then your aren't the demographic, and that's fine, Apple have less expensive watches for you.
     
  9. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

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    A standard watch tells you the time. It is more or less jewelry now days rather than function seeing most people just check their phone. People buy high end watches for their looks and build quality, not their function.

    No matter how you want to spin it this is a smartwatch and nothing more than wearable tech. The 3 models that all look the pretty much the same besides the material so to say this is a high end fashion device rather than smartwatch is ridiculous.

    Just cause you slap a gold case on a rather plain watch with a $350 starting point doesn't mean it is now in the unique high end watch category. I like watches and I'm not saying its ugly but it's not a looker compared to a rolex or movado in that price range. For a smartwatch I do think it blows the competition out of the water though. I'm gonna buy one of these but this non sense of people justifying and defending a 10-20 grand price point is getting comical.
     
  10. BvizioN macrumors 68040

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    Well, for starters... no one except Apple knows the price of the Apple watches so it's all speculations now. I personally do not believe it would be priced that high but I wouldn't be shocked if it does and my guess is Apple would have thought of the reasons why anyone would or wouldn't buy a product priced that high for what it is and what it does. I believe Apple rarely gets things wrong when releasing a new hardware, but we will have to wait and see.
     
  11. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    Depending on which model exactly we're talking about, the Apple Watch actually looks a lot better than a Rolex, but to each their own.
     

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    That's pretty subjective. While I don't think the Apple Watch is ugly, when compared to a lot of my favourite watches I find it's a bit bland looking, especially when the display is turned off.

    As you say, each to their own. :)
     
  13. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree it's a matter of opinion. I don't think it's ugly but it's not unique and you will see them everywhere come april. The kind of people that want to spend 10 grand on a watch want to stand out not blend in with what's on someones wrist at the gym

    I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around a tech company that makes computers putting out a 1st gen unproven smartwatch and hearing people put it in the same category and price range as some of the highest respected watch companies.

    I'll bet the same people defending this speculation would change their stance pretty quickly if samsung released the same exact product at these supposed prices. I know this is all my opinion and I'm no trying to say I'm right and anyone else is wrong I personally just can't wrap my brain around it
     
  14. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Let face it, your uneducated taste might not be that great. Why do people think their, supposedly, bad taste matter?

    I'm not agreeing with $10,000 price point people throwing around but that doesn't mean you have a taste.
     
  15. technosix macrumors 6502a

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    Why must you attack and judge?

    It's the attitude you display that gives Apple enthusiasts a bad, polarizing image.
     
  16. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Well.. if you consider fact an attack... :rolleyes:
     
  17. mackinmike, Mar 7, 2015
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    Status symbol? really? It won't be since a 500 watch is just a bum around watch. For nerds and geeks it will be cuz they will never spend that much for a watch. Sorry you will still go home alone without a girl. Real successful people and are into watches spend 15k and up for a timeless watch. Apple watch is a toy but seen in the eyes of a nerd, it's money. How will an item such as an apple watch worn by moms, kids, blow Joe, ever been seen as a status symbol? Different strokes for different folks.. truff

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    Lol. Delusional
     
  18. Piggie macrumors 604

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    As has been pointed out a few times.

    When manufacturers of products in a range, they often hope people can be up sold from a model they may have originally been thinking of getting, to a model a salesperson may be able to temp them will, sell the benefits off, in store.

    If you price models in the same range too far apart, you kill that opportunity, and people will only every come to your store for the model they were intending to buy.

    Same as the TV store. Go to get the 32" model for $399 you saw in the advert, but when you get to the store, you see alongside it the 42" model for another $100 think about it for a while, and will you regret it when you get back home if you get the smaller one for the sake of $100 so you come away spending more.

    Same with apple products.

    If apple charged some of the speculated prices here, that will kill this stone dead.

    And why many are suspecting the prices will be lower, a lot lower in some cases that others are speculating.
    Especially as we are all aware apple is all about making very popular mainstream products is absolutely massive quantities.
     
  19. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    True, and thats what the Stainless Steel model is for.

    The gold model isn't there to upsell to, you either want a gold watch or you dont, the gold model exists to raise the brand.

    Look at designer labels, they sell a range of bags for lets say, $5000 to $10,000, out of the price range of 95% of people. However, they also sell that one bag for $700.

    That's the 1 bag 'normal people' buy, to be part of that exclusive group.

    The gold Apple Watch doesn't exist to be bought by millions, it exists to be put on posters, placed on celebrities wrists, to raise the status of the Apple Watch, to entice 'normal people' into that exclusive group.

    Apple employees aren't going to say, "Hey, I see you like the Sports Watch, have you thought about getting a gold one?"

    That upsell doesn't exist here.
     
  20. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    How can you be delusional about a matter of taste? Guess what, I own and regularly wear a rather expensive watch. I'm also seriously considering replacing it with an AW for most occasions (not even the gold one). It's never been about 'status' for me, just what I think looks good. So what? :cool:
     
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    This is over the top ridiculous. What gives you the right to judge people by what money they spend on what? Is it your money they're spending?

    Also, taste is a matter of personal preference. If there is choice, people will do with it what they please..
     
  22. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Your concern is unnecessary since there is not going to be a $10,000 watch.

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    Not everyone is into Gold. I own three watches that cost north of $5,000 an none of them are gold.
     
  23. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    I didn't say everyone was into gold.
     
  24. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Perhaps. Perhaps not :)

    There are millions and millions of normal people who like the look of gold and only wear gold. But don't have a lot of money. You can buy inexpensive non played gold jewellery at normal peoples prices.

    I still think it would be strange not to offer these millions, perhaps mostly women anything to buy other that silver colour aluminium or black or shiny steel.

    Seems very odd.

    Unless the gold model is much cheaper that you are implying.
     
  25. furam90 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh please , as if I should take 'taste' advice from someone with a lime green apple watch as their avatar.

    'Uneducated'? You mean grounded in realty. The watch is clunky and plain looking when the face is turned off. I'm still getting a cheaper model one, but lets be real here, it's definitely not for the looks.
     

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