Apple Watch first impressions

We’re here at the Apple ‘Spring Forward’ event in San Francisco to get our hands on the Apple Watch. Here’s our quick report on our impressions and the latest announcements.

Models and prices

First off, we now have more details about the Apple Watch models and pricing. There are three different versions including the Apple Watch ‘Sport’, Apple Watch and Apple Watch ‘Edition’.

Starting with the Sport, which features a specially designed black or silver anodized aluminium alloy case and polymer band in 5 colours. The sport has a hardened Ion-X glass face, and comes in 38 and 42mm sizes. The Sport starts at $499 and ranges up to $579, depending on size and band choices.

The Apple Watch Sport.
The Apple Watch Sport.

Next is the more upmarket model, the Apple Watch, which uses Apple’s own version of highly polished stainless steel, and gains a harder sapphire crystal to cover the retina display. You can choose from silver and space grey cases.

There are three different leather straps, a stainless steel link bracelet and Milanese loop, and a black or white Sport Band. There are 38 and 42mm case sizes, and prices start at $799 and go up to $1,629.

The Apple Watch with Milanese Loop band.
The Apple Watch with Milanese loop band.

On the top end is the limited-supply Apple Watch Edition, with a case in 18 karat gold or rose gold and there’s a polished sapphire crystal to protect the 38 or 42mm face.

The 18 karat gold alloy has been specially developed to be twice as hard as standard gold, and this same gold is also used on the buckles, pins and fasteners found in the unique collection of watch straps. Prices start at $14,000, and no top end price has been announced as the ‘Edition’ may see some very unique models that go well upwards of this.

The Apple Watch Edition with 18 karat gold.
The Apple Watch Edition with 18 karat gold.