LG has announced a limited edition variant of the Watch Urbane smartwatch decked out in 23-karat gold, called Watch Urbane Luxe. Made in collaboration with REEDS Jewelers, the watch is priced at $1,200, sports a alligator leather band with a deployment clasp and is housed in an "exclusive piano-gloss lacquer case."
LG will be making 500 units of the Watch Urbane Luxe available, with each watch engraved with a serial number for authenticity. Pre-orders will be kicking off through REEDS' website and retail stores around the US later this month, followed by a release in the month of October.
Spec-wise, the Luxe edition is identical to the standard model of the Watch Urbane, which means a 1.3-inch plastic OLED display, Snapdragon 400 SoC, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, IP67 certification and a 410mAh battery.
The South Korean manufacturer will be showcasing the luxury smartwatch at IFA, so stay tuned for more on the Watch Urbane Luxe from Germany.
LG WATCH URBANE LUXE, AN EXQUISITE SMARTWATCH
Limited Edition Device from LG is More Jewelry Than Wearable
SEOUL, Aug. 31, 2015 ― In collaboration with U.S. retail jewelry company REEDS Jewelers, LG Electronics (LG) will introduce a premium limited edition smartwatch, LG Watch Urbane Luxe. This luxurious wearable was designed with a specific wearer in mind and is adorned in 23-karat gold and gorgeous alligator leather strap set in an exclusive piano-gloss lacquer case. Available starting at the end of October, the LG Watch Urbane Luxe will retail for approximately USD 1,200.
The LG Watch Urbane Luxe will sport a deployment clasp for a fitted, elegant look that isn't bulky. Invented by Louis Cartier in 1910, the use of a deployment clasp makes this timepiece even more exclusive and unique. The alligator band itself is handcrafted at the highest level of craftsmanship, undergoing 50 separate steps in its creation, handled lovingly by 30 experienced leatherworkers. The 23-karat gold used in the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold used in jewelry and heavier than the 18-karat gold used in traditional luxury watches.
"Wearable devices shouldn't be thought of as an extension of one's smartphone but an extension of oneself," said Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company. "This blending of craftsmanship and technology is a natural evolution of the smartwatch, which is becoming more of a lifestyle accessory than a piece of hardware. We think this is a good direction for wearables and we want to encourage this transformation."
Each of the 500 limited edition watches will be engraved with its own serial number for authenticity and available initially in the USA for pre-order at www.REEDS.com later this month or by visiting any REEDS Jewelers location. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see this beautiful work of art for themselves along with other mobile devices from LG in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.