Is Apple Watch Edition geared towards women?

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  1. gcooldude86 macrumors 6502

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    just curious, looking at the bands for the watch editon, do you think the bands are more geared towards women?
     
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Certainly the 38mm versions appear to be, particularly in the modern buckle given the colors. I think the Sport Band in 42mm and the Blue Classic Buckle are geared toward men.
     
  3. gcooldude86 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's what I thought too but wanted someone else's opinion. I would love to get the gold if it's affordable but I wish the classic buckle in blue was available on the 38mm.
     
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    I would have to agree, the edition in gold, and the shape it is.
    It's not your typical mans watch at all.
     
  6. gcooldude86 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The 42mm with the blue buckle is a bit manly. I'm just hoping it won"t cost anymore than 3K
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac, Feb 15, 2015
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    Definitely the red and rose gray models. The white sport band appears to be unisex but is too feminine for my taste. Agree with others that the blue and black models are the most masculine ones in the Edition collection.
     
  8. extricated macrumors 6502

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    I tend to think more women would lean toward that over the stainless model, but the price point will be a deal breaker for at least a few potential customers. My friend's wife was talking about this a couple of days ago - she really likes the Edition, but isn't too keen on the price.

    I'm not saying to cheapen the Edition, but I wonder if the gold look (without the actual gold) could one day come into the lineup.
     
  9. Donstil-nl macrumors 6502

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    Why? Can a men not wear a Gold watch?
    Stupidest thing I heard today :D
     
  10. JayLenochiniMac, Feb 15, 2015
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    The OP worded his post poorly. However, 2 out of 5 Edition models appear to be intended only for men (midnight blue classic buckle and black sport band) considering that they're only available in the 42mm size. The bright red and rose gray modern buckles are decidedly feminine. The white sport band appears to be unisex (but is too feminine for my taste).

    I think the real reason why some people get the impression the OP does is if you ignore the size they're available in, any of the Edition models would look fine on women but the bright red and rose gray modern buckles would look too girlie on most (non-flamboyant) men.
     
  11. Piggie macrumors 604

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    I did suggest apple could at some point bring out a gold played version for the who liked the look and colour, but could not stretch to the price of the solid gold shell edition model.

    The self proclaimed so called watch expert who knows it all in this group said that gold plated watches are basically junk and thing only poor peasants would have, so apple should not offer such an option.

    I don't agree with his views, but it's something I guess they may consider.

    The higher the price of the edition the more sence it would make for apple to offer a gold plated version.

    There is no point in a mass market product that the mass market cannot afford, there should be options at many price points I feel.

    Something seems wrong in my book in having perhaps tens of thousands or people, perhaps more women as they may have some gold not too expensive jewellery already, never being able to realistically afford a gold looking apple watch, but having to make do with silver, black or chrome look finish.

    That does not seem that good, when you could offer a gold played version, ad many many other watch makers do, for those who want the look, but unfortunately, due to bills and family ect cannot justify the price of the very expensive model.

    Of course this wont matter so much if apple has in some way been a bit sneaky and the edition watch is far more affordable than many here are speculating
     
  12. gcooldude86 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it really made of solid gold to begin with? The apple site says their metal whatever's have made it twice as strong as standard gold. Maybe it's not gold plated but some sort of other metal in the mix to make it stronger. I'm just hoping it won't be too expensive so that the average joe can afford it.
     
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    they say it's 18k gold, so 75% gold and 25% other metals to strengthen it.
     
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    Making it too expensive for the average Joe the entire point of making a watch out of gold.
     
  15. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Indeed, that's why there are so many items that are gold plated, many many watch brands do gold plated versions, so that more people can afford an item or watch with the same colour/look but at a fraction of the price.

    Are we all anti this concept here?
    Knowing many many other watch brands do gold plated versions in there range?

    https://www.ernestjones.co.uk/webstore/l/watches/case+material|rose+gold+plated/recipient|him/


    http://www.ernestjones.co.uk/webstore/l/watches/case+material|rose+gold+plated/recipient|her/
     
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    That's the most mainstream jewelry-like version of the watch this go around. I think they are doing the best they can with an "unfeminine" square shape to appeal to women. I think they'll need to come up with a new form factor to really attract female customers. Even 38mm is much larger than current high end female oriented watches.
     
  18. kmj2318 macrumors 68000

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    Solid gold is 24k, and the Apple Watch is 18k, which is standard for gold watches. That means a typical gold watch is not pure gold, but a mixture with other materials made to improve its strength, or alter its color (like rose gold). What this probably means is that Apple altered the composition of the non-gold part, but the amount of actual gold is still 18k. So, it's still high end.
     
  19. Julien, Feb 16, 2015
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    You are confusing fine (pure) gold with the word solid. Solid gold can be any karat (fineness). The term is to differentiate gold chains that are sold as 10K or 14K gold but are hollow. Here is an example of a hollow gold chain. Here is a solid 10K gold chain.
     
  20. kmj2318 macrumors 68000

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    Oh, correct. What I should have said is pure.
     
  21. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

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    A rose gold Apple watch with a more conventional crocodile/alligator leather strap would definitely NOT look feminine.
     
  22. Piggie macrumors 604

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    We can muse all we wish about Gold in the Apple Watch.

    All we know is that the case of the watch on the outside is made from 18k Gold.

    What wall thickness that gold is, we have no idea.
    It could be thick is some areas, very very thin in other areas.
    It may have supporting material underneath it to give it extra strength of it may have nothing else other than gold.

    We can assume the chip/battery is supported in some skeletal framework, which is then fitted inside the shell of the case.

    Until one is stripped down / sectioned in half, we really don't know.
    the gold content of the watch as a whole could vary wildly depending on how it's been manufactured, which could alter the raw material costs by many hundreds of dollars in either direction.

    Won't be long now :)
     
  23. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    As several others noted, it's 18 kt gold, which means it's 75% gold + 25% other metal. ( 18 / 24 = .75)

    This is necessary because pure 24 kt gold would be too soft for a case.

    As far as "twice as hard as standard gold" goes, that's Apple marketing trying to make the ordinary sound magical. It's normal for 18 kt gold to be twice as hard as pure gold.

    Yeah, for many people who prefer that color, it's too bad Apple is not offering a gold plated option at first.
     
  24. Julien macrumors G3

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    Yea, the "twice as hard as standard gold" is just marketing speak.

    In general yellow gold is a copper and silver alloy and rose gold is just (or mostly) a copper alloy. White gold can actually be made harder because it can contain a nickel alloy.
     
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    Palladium is often used now because many people are allergic to nickel and it's content is regulated for jewellery and watches sold in the UK.

    http://www.bja.org.uk/en/consumer/consumer-help-advice/precious-metal-and-nickel.cfm
     

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