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Most luxurious Apple Watch expected to cost NT$500,000

Most luxurious Apple Watch expected to cost NT$500,000

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) The most luxurious edition of Apple Inc.'s smartwatch, scheduled to go on sale in Taiwan Friday, could cost NT$500,000 (US$16,163), market observers said Wednesday.
The smartwatches could range from NT$10,000 for its sports series to NT$500,000 for its premium Apple Watch Edition, crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold, observers said, although the official price might not be revealed until the date of release.
For those who want to try the top-of-the-line Apple Watch Edition, however, a Studio A branch at the Taipei 101 Mall is the only place where the device is available.
The store will also display all 54 versions of the smartwatch, which comes in three classes -- the Apple Watch Sport, the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Edition.
From June 26, Taiwanese consumers will be able to try on or purchase the Apple Watch at 10 select Apple-authorized resellers in Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung, according to Apple Inc's official site.
In Taipei, the smartwatch will be available at Studio A's three branches at the Taipei 101 Mall, the Miramar Entertainment Park and the Dayeh Takashimaya Department Store, at iStore's Xinyi branch, and at Data Express' flagship store at Q Square, the website said.
The watch will be also available at Data Express' two branches at Mega City shopping mall in New Taipei, at Top City shopping mall in Taichung, and at iStore's Taichung branch, according to the site.
Consumers in southern Taiwan can purchase the Apple Watch only at Data Express' flagship store at Kaohsiung's Hanshin Arena Store and Studio A's branch at Kaohsiung's Star Place.
Taiwan is included in the second batch of countries in which the Apple Watch is being made available, along with Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland. (By Esme Chiang and Lee Hsin-Yin)