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Hyatt Place Hotel – 120 East Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton – Construction Commenced – BUILDING PLANS and SPECS in this UPDATE ⚠️⚠️🏨️🚜🏨⚠️ ⚠️🏨🚜🏨⚠️⚠️

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⚠️ Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton. Boca Raton’s new Hotel to open in Q3 of 2016 will contain 200 rooms, stand 160 feet tall, including 20 feet of structures on its roof of the 140 foot building. Hyatt Place will be an integral part of Ram Realty’s mixed-use Mark at Cityscape project. This Article contains Official Renderings, Sealed Construction Drawings, Site Plans, Roof Top Amenity Drawings, Furnishings on First Floor 12,000 sf Lobby and the 8,000 sf Restaurant.

⚠️ The HYATT Place Hotel will occupy this 13 story facility containing 151,190 square feet, with a swimming pool amenity package located Roof-Top, and a limited-access Hotel parking garage located on floors two through five. The ground floor the Hotel will have a 10,970 square foot modern lobby and registration area with a 5,625 mezzanine area, plus an 8,000 square foot Restaurant located at the south-east corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road.

⚠️ Hyatt Hotels promotes its Hyatt Place hospitality brand with a focus towards business travelers; however, experience demonstrates in south Florida, that the new Hyatt Place in Delray Beach, located in the PineApple Grove district of Delray Beach, having opened in 2012, draws business travelers and vacationers. The Delray’s Hyatt Place’s general manager says hotel operations have been “terrific.”

⚠️ The City of Boca Raton Raton and a number of property owners have sought a suitable project for this 47,450 square foot site, 1.087 Acres, the southeast corner of Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway, literally “Main and Main” for the City. Success finally came late in 2014, as the council unanimously approved Kolter Hospitality’s Development Application (DDRI No. CRP-08-03R2) the official building plan for the proposed.

⚠️ Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton. Configuration: 200 rooms 13 story classic design, consisting of 151,190 sq ft. The Hyatt Place Hotel will contain a restricted access (hotel visitors and guests only) integrated 273 Car structured parking garage consisting of 115,354 sq ft, plus 49 offsite Cars, via an irrevocable parking easement at the Mark’s Apartment 700 car parking garage. The structured parking garage is located on levels 2, 3, 4 and 5, housing about 68 Cars per floor for the 4 garage floors.

⚠️ $50,000,000 Property Valuation for the Hyatt Place project. This commercial property may have an estimated property valuation once the property reaches stabilized operating income of $50,000,000. Here’s the math
⚠️ $26,250,000. Hard Cost estimate for the construction of Hyatt Hotel Building containing 151,190sf at $175/sf equals $26,250,000
⚠️ $5,750,000. Hard Cost estimate for the construction of the Hotel parking garage containing 115,354sf or 273 cars at $20,000/car or $50/sf equals $5,750,000
⚠️ $5,500,000. Land Cost estimate for the Real Property, the 1.087 site at $116.08/sf or $5,500,000
⚠️ $5,500,000. Soft Cost estimate for Permits, Fees, Building Plans, Architectural Fees, Interest cost, Supervision and Overhead total $5,500,000
⚠️ $43,000,000. Total Development Costs. $43,000,000
⚠️ $7,000,000. Entrepreneurial Profit. $7,000,000
⚠️ $50,000,000. Total Property Value. $50,000,000. These figures have not been derived from any developer or government sources other than the cost of the property abstracted from County Records. All told this project is a relatively massive 13 Story facility accenting Boca Raton Raton’s City Center at the Eastbound lanes of Palmetto Park Road at the Northbound Lanes Federal Highway, definitely defined as Boca Raton Raton’s “Main & Main” location.

⚠️ Boca Raton has tried to fill its downtown vacant Corner for many decades. You may have expected Applause and Champagne after the City Council’s approval of the project. Instead, the discussion was quite stilted, featured a few questions from council members, some squawking from holdout critics, who questioned setback rules for the proposed hotel.

⚠️ September 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm the City Clerk recorded the Vote at this quasi-Judicial hearing, thereafter CRA Chairman Scott Singer moved on to the next agenda item. Done. Sounds simple, well its not. Recall this 1 Acre site has been vacant for over 25 years, previously developed with a Gas Station with leaking fuel tanks. $200,000 later the site was cleaned of toxic fuels, and replaced with cleaned earth.

⚠️ Make no mistake about it, this project is a really big deal. In downtown Boca, this vacant lot has stood out like a missing tooth in an otherwise great smile. The City leaders and planners believed that it shouldn’t just fill the gap with “just anything…” There were repeated references in the many presentations to the City Council, that this development is a “landmark project” on a “landmark corner.” Councilman Mike Mullaugh called this project a “new benchmark” for downtown development. [Hopefully: the benchmark he’s referring to is Taller Buildings and more Growth. IMHO, a City that prevents growth, is a City that becomes unhealthy.]

⚠️ A Brief history for this 1 acre corner site. In the late 1990’s this corner was “zoned for a 200,000+ square foot office building” that would contain an oversized parking garage to accommodate the new corner office building, plus the garage would have sufficient excess parking to accommodate the existing Merrill Lynch office building whose address is 150 East Palmetto Park Road, a 66,618 square foot facility. Today, and ongoing Merrill Lynch and the other office tenants are parking in the 700+ Car structured parking garage associated with the MARK’s new 208 unit Apartment Building. Previously the SE corner 1 acre site served as a parking lot for Merrill Lynch building tenants and overflow parking for CHOPS Lobster Bar’s valet parking crew.

⚠️ Construction Progress. If you would like to view the progress of construction, we’ve activated a HDTV video camera (from an 8th Floor Balcony) that is available to anyone interested in viewing what’s going on 24 hours a day.

http://dropc.am/p/wXpSkA

⚠️ Live Streaming Video Link. The link {displayed above} will take you directly to this Live-Streaming Camera URL site. The DropCam Camera is zoomed to 6.0x, and operates on a HighSpeed WiFi connection which may effect image-quality. The image may appear somewhat pixelated due to WiFi bandwidth issues. The Camera also picks-up ambient sound. Note: the Live-Streaming may need a few seconds to load, or may require viewers to reload the link displayed above. The HDTV camera operates 24/7.

⚠️ Hyatt Place is the Highest and Best Use for this property, and particularly since there are no existing down-town Hotels in the City of Boca Raton. There are several Hotels in the Boca Raton Raton vicinity, most notably the Boca Raton Hotel and Club, a premium luxury resort, the Waterstone Hotel, both within 1 mile, plus a number of others hotels located 4 or more miles from the city-center. Below in this article are 6-hotel graphic identifying hotels in the Boca Raton Raton SMSA, and another 6-hotel graphic showing similar hotels in the Delray Beach SMSA.

⚠️ The new (2012) Hyatt in Delray Beach works well in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood north of Atlantic Avenue. Though the Boca Hyatt Place with its 200 room capacity will be significantly larger, about 50% larger than Delray’s new 134 room Hyatt Place, and the Boca Raton site also is situated in a more urban environment, considered to by many real estate professionals as a “Main and Main” address.

⚠️ Boca Raton’s Hyatt Hotel was designed by Paul Slattery, Architect, is stylish, with the developers working with the City’s staff and consultants to maximize the Hyatt Hotel’s compatibility with the city’s desires, to be a pedestrian-friendly section of downtown after all the construction is completed.

⚠️ Paul Slattery, the project architect said “…We wanted to break the project down to a human scale, and I think we achieved that for the most part…” Slattery’s Boca Raton firm secured the architectural work for the Hyatt Place, as it did for the Hyatt Place in Delray. The main issue, Slattery says, “…is how to mass the building, to make it work with the surroundings….”

⚠️ The Challenge. Boca Raton’s first downtown hotel will be the first downtown high rise to go on a lot smaller than city rules allow. When it’s finished, the Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton, at 120 E. Palmetto Park Road, will be the third downtown building allowed to rise beyond Boca Raton’s initial 100-foot maximum height. The site which was approved months ago is in full conformity with City ordinances which at the time required a minimum lot size of 2 acres.

⚠️ The Hyatt Hotel building was allowed to reach a total of 160 feet tall, with 140 feet for the building floors, plus an additional 20 feet in elevation for decorative elements used to shelter HVAC and Elevator equipment that is mounted on roof structures. This added height permission was granted under temporary rules adopted by the city.

⚠️ Another City development requirement requires that the building be on a lot that is at least 2 acres; however this site is significantly less than 2 acres. The subject Hyatt lot size is 1.087 acres, or 47,350 square feet. The Boca Council members was reminded that a recent sale had severed the hotel site from its original 4.5-acre plot, which was severed from a 9.2 acre site years before. The hotel site would be situated on this a 1.087-acre lot.

🏨 Kolter Group, the hotel developer, purchased the site for $5.5 million on March 18, 2014, court records show for this 1.087-acre parcel. The Mark was the first building to be completed to rise to the new height, 140 feet, plus 20 feet for decorative elements. Tenants for that building started moving recently.

🏨 Kolter Hospitality is the hospitality development, investment and management affiliate of The Kolter Group. To date, Kolter Hospitality’s management team, in addition to having earned the Hyatt Developer of the Year Award, has executed on over $800 million of multiple types of commercial real estate transactions. Kolter Hospitality currently owns and operates four branded select service hotels totaling over 600 keys.

🏨 Kolter is a multi-platform real estate development firm with $9 billion of real estate projects (both completed and currently in development) since 1993
🏨 Residential projects currently in development total over 19,000 units with target sell-out value of approximately $6 billion
🏨 Sales of historical developments in low-rise, mid-rise, tower, and master-planned communities of over $3 billion
🏨 Mostly realized self-developed commercial portfolio valued at approximately $1 billion
🏨 Strong balance sheet and sponsorship
🏨 Leadership team with nearly 200 years of experience and over $17 billion in transactional volume
🏨 Current Kolter projects located in FL, GA, NC and SC.



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Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton, to be located at 120 East Palmetto Park Road – Site Preparation and Construction Commenced ⚠️⚠️🏨️🚜🏨⚠️ ⚠️🏨🚜🏨⚠️⚠️

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⚠️ Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton Raton. Boca Raton’s new Hotel will contain 200 rooms, stand 160 feet tall, including 20 feet of structures on its roof of the 140 foot building. Hyatt Place will be an integral part of Ram Realty’s mixed-use Mark at Cityscape project.

⚠️ The HYATT Place Hotel will occupy this 13 story facility containing 146,250 square feet, with a swimming pool amenity package located Roof-Top, and a limited-access Hotel parking garage located on floors two through five. The ground floor the Hotel will have a modern lobby and registration area, plus an 8,000 square foot Restaurant located at the south-east corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road.

⚠️ Hyatt Hotels promotes its Hyatt Place hospitality brand with a focus towards business travelers; however, experience demonstrates in south Florida, that the new Hyatt Place in Delray Beach, located in the PineApple Grove district of Delray Beach, having opened in 2012, draws business travelers and vacationers. The Delray’s Hyatt Place’s general manager says hotel operations have been “terrific.”

⚠️ The City of Boca Raton Raton and a number of property owners have sought a suitable project for this 47,450 square foot site, the southeast corner of Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway, literally “Main and Main” for the City. Success finally came late in 2014, as the council unanimously approved Kolter Hospitality’s Development Application (DDRI No. CRP-08-03R2) the official building plan for the proposed 200 room 13 story, 146,250 sqft facility, the Boca Raton Hyatt Place hotel.

⚠️ Boca Raton has tried to fill its downtown vacant Corner for many decades. You may have expected Applause and Champagne after the City Council’s approval of the project. Instead, the discussion was quite stilted, featured a few questions from council members, some squawking from holdout critics, who questioned setback rules for the proposed hotel.

⚠️ September 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm the City Clerk recorded the Vote at this quasi-Judicial hearing, thereafter CRA Chairman Scott Singer moved on to the next agenda item. Done. Sounds simple, well its not. Recall this 1 Acre site has been vacant for over 25 years, previously developed with a Gas Station with leaking fuel tanks. $200,000 later the site was cleaned of toxic fuels, and replaced with cleaned earth.

⚠️ Make no mistake about it, this project is a really big deal. In downtown Boca, this vacant lot has stood out like a missing tooth in an otherwise great smile. The City leaders and planners believed that it shouldn’t just fill the gap with “just anything…” There were repeated references in the many presentations to the City Council, that this development is a “landmark project” on a “landmark corner.” Councilman Mike Mullaugh called this project a “new benchmark” for downtown development. [Hopefully: the benchmark he’s referring to is Taller Buildings and more Growth. IMHO, a City that prevents growth, is a City that becomes unhealthy.]

⚠️ A Brief history for this 1 acre corner site. In the late 1990’s this corner was “zoned for a 200,000+ square foot office building” that would contain an oversized parking garage to accommodate the new corner office building, plus the garage would have sufficient excess parking to accommodate the existing Merrill Lynch office building whose address is 150 East Palmetto Park Road, a 66,618 square foot facility. Today, and ongoing Merrill Lynch and the other office tenants are parking in the 700+ Car structured parking garage associated with the MARK’s new 208 unit Apartment Building. Previously the SE corner 1 acre site served as a parking lot for Merrill Lynch building tenants and overflow parking for CHOPS Lobster Bar’s valet parking crew.

⚠️ Construction Progress. If you would like to view the progress of construction, we’ve activated a HDTV video camera (from an 8th Floor Balcony) that is available to anyone interested in viewing what’s going on 24 hours a day.

http://dropc.am/p/wXpSkA

⚠️ Live Streaming Video Link. The link {displayed above} will take you directly to this Live-Streaming Camera URL site. The DropCam Camera is zoomed to 6.0x, and operates on a HighSpeed WiFi connection which may effect image-quality. The image may appear somewhat pixelated due to WiFi bandwidth issues. The Camera also picks-up ambient sound. Note: the Live-Streaming may need a few seconds to load, or may require viewers to reload the link displayed above. The HDTV camera operates 24/7.

⚠️ Hyatt Place is the Highest and Best Use for this property, and particularly since there are no existing down-town Hotels in the City of Boca Raton. There are several Hotels in the Boca Raton Raton vicinity, most notably the Boca Raton Hotel and Club, a premium luxury resort, the Waterstone Hotel, both within 1 mile, plus a number of others hotels located 4 or more miles from the city-center. Below in this article are 6-hotel graphic identifying hotels in the Boca Raton Raton SMSA, and another 6-hotel graphic showing similar hotels in the Delray Beach SMSA.

⚠️ The new (2012) Hyatt in Delray Beach works well in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood north of Atlantic Avenue. Though the Boca Hyatt Place with its 200 room capacity will be significantly larger, about 50% larger than Delray’s new 134 room Hyatt Place, and the Boca Raton site also is situated in a more urban environment, considered to by many real estate professionals as a “Main and Main” address.

⚠️ Boca Raton’s Hyatt Hotel was designed by Paul Slattery, Architect, is stylish, with the developers working with the City’s staff and consultants to maximize the Hyatt Hotel’s compatibility with the city’s desires, to be a pedestrian-friendly section of downtown after all the construction is completed.

⚠️ Paul Slattery, the project architect said “…We wanted to break the project down to a human scale, and I think we achieved that for the most part…” Slattery’s Boca Raton firm secured the architectural work for the Hyatt Place, as it did for the Hyatt Place in Delray. The main issue, Slattery says, “…is how to mass the building, to make it work with the surroundings….”

⚠️ The Challenge. Boca Raton’s first downtown hotel will be the first downtown high rise to go on a lot smaller than city rules allow. When it’s finished, the Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton, at 120 E. Palmetto Park Road, will be the third downtown building allowed to rise beyond Boca Raton’s initial 100-foot maximum height. The site which was approved months ago is in full conformity with City ordinances which at the time required a minimum lot size of 2 acres.

⚠️ The Hyatt Hotel building was allowed to reach a total of 160 feet tall, with 140 feet for the building floors, plus an additional 20 feet in elevation for decorative elements used to shelter HVAC and Elevator equipment that is mounted on roof structures. This added height permission was granted under temporary rules adopted by the city.

⚠️ Another City development requirement requires that the building be on a lot that is at least 2 acres; however this site is significantly less than 2 acres. The subject Hyatt lot size is 1.087 acres, or 47,350 square feet. The Boca Council members was reminded that a recent sale had severed the hotel site from its original 4.5-acre plot, which was severed from a 9.2 acre site years before. The hotel site would be situated on this a 1.087-acre lot.

🏨 Kolter Group, the hotel developer, purchased the site for $5.5 million on March 18, 2014, court records show for this 1.087-acre parcel. The Mark was the first building to be completed to rise to the new height, 140 feet, plus 20 feet for decorative elements. Tenants for that building started moving recently.

🏨 Kolter Hospitality is the hospitality development, investment and management affiliate of The Kolter Group. To date, Kolter Hospitality’s management team, in addition to having earned the Hyatt Developer of the Year Award, has executed on over $800 million of multiple types of commercial real estate transactions. Kolter Hospitality currently owns and operates four branded select service hotels totaling over 600 keys.

🏨 Kolter is a multi-platform real estate development firm with $9 billion of real estate projects (both completed and currently in development) since 1993
🏨 Residential projects currently in development total over 19,000 units with target sell-out value of approximately $6 billion
🏨 Sales of historical developments in low-rise, mid-rise, tower, and master-planned communities of over $3 billion
🏨 Mostly realized self-developed commercial portfolio valued at approximately $1 billion
🏨 Strong balance sheet and sponsorship
🏨 Leadership team with nearly 200 years of experience and over $17 billion in transactional volume
🏨 Current Kolter projects located in FL, GA, NC and SC.



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As many of my friends, family and students know, I am an avid iPad adopter since its release April, 2010. With Apple’s release of the Retina-Display iPad Air 2, (I sold iPad 4 to Gazelle.com) applied the proceeds to purchase the "mini" with 128GB of Storage, AT&T connectivity, plus added Logitech’s UltraThin Keyboard Cover, and a DECODED natural leather thin slip-over protective case.

Watch: Visualize the Apple Watch on Your Wrist with this Virtual Realty APP, a Very Cool visualization Tool for Apple’s New Wearable 

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 How will the Apple Watch would look on your wrist? A new Augmented-Virtual-Reality APP called ARWatch allows you to put a virtual version of the AppleWatch on your wrist; then you may rotate your wrist and arm to “visualize” the Apple Watch on your wrist.

 Virtual Reality is Very cool, actually; it’s also a great example of how “retail product producer” are overlooking some of the most exciting opportunities of augmented (virtual) reality.

 Simple instructions. Using your iPhone’s Camera, simply place the paper cut-out onto your wrist (or onto your present wrist watch face). Load the Underside APP, Place your wrist with the paper cut-out into clear view of your iPhone’s Camera to visualize your new, virtual-reality Apple Watch, thanks to the magic of augmented-virtual-reality.

 Down Load the App using this link: https://secure.underside.be/ar_watch/index.html

 Down Load the paper-target with this link: https://secure.underside.be/ar_watch/target.pdf

 Developed by Belgian APP developers, Underside, the APP works by requesting that you print-out a flat paper replica of Apple’s 38-millimeter-sized AppleWatch. This PDF File template contains two image areas. At page top is a Octagonal simulation of Watch Face with some coded areas for the APP to recognize. At page middle is a QR Code BOX.

 Step-by-Step
▶️ Using scissors, cut along the dotted-lines of the octagonal paper watch-face
➡️ For added stability, place a 1″ strip of double-stick scotch-tape on the back side of the paper “cut-out” so that it remains on your wrist as you rotate your arm and wrist, during your “virtual-reality” movements
➡️ Scan the QR CODE box or tap onto the Blue-Box for the APP software
➡️ Place the Octagonal Watch-Face paper cur-out onto your wrist
Launch the APP
➡️ Place your Wrist with the cut-out placed on your wrist, in clear view of your iPhone’s/iPad’s Camera
➡️ Within seconds you should visualize the Apple Watch superimposed onto your wrist
➡️ If the Virtual Reality image does not transform from the paper cut-out, move your wrist a bit closer to the iPhone camera lens, or back a few inches

https://secure.underside.be/ar_watch/index.html

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HEADLINE – Watch Math. For Each 1.0% of iPhone Users (that’s 1% of the 218,180,000 iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users) that buy Watch, APPLE Earns $1.483 Billion in Annual Gross Profits. Here’s the math and how we get there…

Apple hosted its Important Apple Watch Event March 9th, 2015. Apple Sprang Forward – WATCH Available April 24, PreOrder online April 10th. Apple’s presentation describes their intention of reinventing the Watch once created in the 16th century.

Apple, recall it did not invent the smartphone, they reinvented it with their iPhone in 2007 having delivered 700 million iPhones; Apple did not invent the Tablet, they reinvented it with their iPad in 2010 having delivered 240 million iPads. Now Apple reinvents the Wrist-Watch with its Watch in 2015 projected to sell between 20-to-35 million iWatches in its first year.

Apple Watch is “the beginning of the end of the traditional Wrist-Watch for the “over 30 crowd ” as many switch to the iWatch. For Millennials, Apple Watch may likely be their very First Watch, as most of the 13 to 30 year olds simply don’t wear Watches, they tell time with their iPhones.

Apple Watch is an amazing Companion to Apple’s iPhone (certainly not an iPhone replacement). Apple has now sold and delivered 700 Million iPhones world wide. Not bad considering the Apple critics screamed… Apple has no business entering an already crowded smartphone marketplace in January, 2007.

Apple Watch Sales Projection. We now know the pricing for the Three Tiers of Apple Watch Models and Bands. Accordingly, I’ve dusted off my trusty HP19BII calculator (in truth my calculator is an amazing 19BII business consultant emulation App by RLM Tools, here’s the $4.99 App Review: http://tiny.cc/qbhyvx Alternatively you can buy the HB19BII on Amazon currently priced for $290 New or $80 Used).

 Our projections for the sales of the initial production of 6 million Apple Watches are displayed in a simple spread-sheet format. We’ve projected 3.5 million Apple Sports Watches will be sold plus 2,000,000 mid-tier Apple Watches and 500,000 Apple Edition Watches, as the product sales-mix; of course our figures are not factual whatsoever.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Sports Watch Tier. The largest number of sales will likely occur for the Sports Watch. Factually, Apple states that it will sell the 38mm SportsWatch for $350 and the 42mm SportsWatch will sell for $400. Accordingly we are assuming that the unit-sales will occur evenly between the two Sports Watches models, resulting in an ASP, Average Selling Price of $375.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Apple Watch Tier. The Apple Watch will sell at $550 for the lowest priced Apple Watch, leading to a top price of $1100 for the Stainless Steel Bracelet band, leading us to a Weighted ASP of $750 which is $75 below the simple arithmetic average of $825. Personally, I really like the Sapphire faced, Dark Stainless Bracelet, priced at $1050 for the 38mm watch face, my wrist will not handle a 42mm watch-case.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Edition Watch Tier. The Apple Edition Watch will sell at $10,000 for the lowest priced Apple Edition Watch, leading to a top price of $18,000 for the 18k Gold with the Gold Buckle Band, leading us to a weighted ASP of $12,500. Weighting these top-tier luxury models is the most difficult to project, therefore we chose to be conservative with an Weighted ASP $12,500 estimate.

Apple Watch Weighted Average Selling Price for Three Tiers of Apple Watch unit sales. If these projection have merit, then the Sports Watch will sell to 3,500,000 customers for a total of $1.312 Billion in gross sales. The Apple Watch will sell to 2,000,000 customers for a total of $1.500 Billion in gross sales, and the Apple Edition (Gold) Watch will sell to 500,000 customers for a total of $6,250 Billion in gross sales. The weighted average selling price is skewed upwards, largely because of the 500,000 Gold Edition Watches that may sell for an average selling price of $12,500 each, therefore the overall ASP for all three tiers of AppleWatch models equates to $1,510.

Apple Watch Gross Sales and Profits projected. Using the resulting Gross sales figures above, all three Tiers will generate $9.062 Billion in sales for this new Apple Watch product. If Apple achieves say 45% profit margin, which is likely profit margin for a wearable product, then Apple’s Gross Profit may approach $4.078 Billion per Quarter, or $16.3 Billion Annually, or $1.36 Billion per Month. There are not many S&P 500 Companies that generate this profit level.

Apple Watch Gross Sales projections in Perspective. The 6,000,000 unit Sales of Apple Watch projected, is based on just 2.75% of the 218,181,000 customers (current number of iPhone 5 + iPhone 5S + 5C + iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus users) actually buy the Apple Watch sometime during the next 12 months from launch day, 24 April 2015.

Lets Play some Apple Watch Math Games. If the number of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 buyers increases by just 1.00%, then the Number of Apple Watch Sales increases by 2,181,800 unit sales, generating an additional Gross Profit of $1.483 Billion Quarterly, or about $5.931 Billion/year for those iPhone 5+ iPhone 6 users.

Apple Watch Math Games Summarized. Therefore for each 1% of iPhone Users that buy Apple Watch, about $6 Billion in annual Gross profit is added to Apple’s Financial Results. Similarly if 5% of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users buy Apple Watch, then Apple enjoys about $30 Billion in annual Gross Profits. It will be most interesting to look back at this Article (a year from now) in review of Apple’s actual Apple Watch 2016 annual results.

Apple critics screamed in January of 2007 “Apple is a Computer company and has no business getting into the crowded, experienced mobile-phone arena.” However, Apple methodically reinvented the smartphone, released it June, 2007 fortunately ignoring all their critics. iPhone sales soared to 74.5 million for the 90 day period ending 12/31/2014, and are projected to sell 225 million iPhones for Apple’s fiscal 2015.

Apple again was criticized, similarly in 2010, for entering the crowed, mature Tablet marketplace… good thing Apple ignored that advice, as it again reinvented the Tablet with its iPad, having delivering 225,000,000 units.

Apple iPhone/iPad sales combined total about 925,000,000 iPhones and iPads have been sold into a crowded, competitive, mature marketplace. Apple has also earned a 99% Customer Satisfaction rating, unheard of in this industry. Critics are similarly questioning the wisdom of the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch represents the 2015 moment in time, “likely the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the 35 and over crowd” as many Apple iPhone owners switch to the iWatch for regular wear. For the Millennials, the Apple Watch will likely be their First Watch, as these 13-to-30 year olds largely do not wear Watches, noticing the time of day with their iPhones.

Apple Watch’s success is directly related to the percentage of Apple iPhone Users desire the added convenience of the Apple Watch. Keep in mind, Apple product owners have demonstrated, they are willing to pay the Premium Price for Apple’s superior products.

Pre-Orders for the Apple Watch begin April 10 in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom. The Apple Watch will be available for preview, and try-on by appointment, at Apple’s retail stores, and available for preorder through the Apple Online Store.

Retail Store Sales for the Apple Watch begin on April 24. The Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom.

Extensive Apple owner surveys tell us, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 owners, about 220 million strong, about 10% to 15% are definitely interested in the Apple Watch within 90 days of its release. Those Surveyed as “definitely interested” in buying an Apple Watch in 90 days, translates into an Apple Watch sale, the simple math projects about 22 million to 33 million Apple Watch sales may result in the 12 month period from April 24, 2015.

 This Link takes directly to the Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/watch/

Apple Watch Magic. The AppleWatch pairs with your iPhone, so when messages, calls, texts, emails, tweets, FB posts, and calendar appointment reminders come to you, you will not have to dig in your purse, pocket or briefcase, for your iPhone. With the iWatch you simply rotate your wrist 30 degrees into your view, to glance at who’s attempting to communicating with you.

Apple Watch’s Simple gestures permits you to communicate, or take the phone call, if the call will likely be extended, now you know its worth the effort to get your iPhone in hand, and talk from it, the call being seamlessly captured by your iPhone.

Apple Watch App. The airline industry is delivering your Boarding Pass to your iWatch too. Fumbling for the iPhone or paper boarding passes to get through AirPort Security now becomes obsolete with Apple Watch. Same for Hotels, thousands are changing their room-lock-electronics to accept your iWatch to unlock your Hotel-Room, no more metal keys, the end of swiping plastic-coaded cards. The list goes on and on with Apple Watch.

 To view the Apple Media Event that was broadcasted at 1:00pm Eastern on March 9th, 2015 below is a convenient LINK for this very interesting and informative Apple Products Show.

http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/

 Notice the slides of the most recent, the 21st Apple retail store in China. Apple will be adding another 19 retail stores in china this year.

Apple opened its first retail store in Beijing China in 2008. The country has quickly become one of Apple’s most important retail markets, thanks to a growing middle class eager to own the company’s high-end iPhone smartphones, iPads and Mac Book computers. Recently reported China represents 20% of Apple retail sales globally, and Apple has earned a 25% market-share in SmartPhone sales.

Apple Orchestrates its worldwide Magazine Publicity debut of the Apple Watch. These efforts continue this week on the Cover of STYLE, a fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. The cover image of Style’s Big Spring Issue for March, 2015 features model Guinevere Van Seenus wearing an Apple Watch and is accompanied by an additional two full-page spread inside the magazine that provides further details about the wrist-worn Apple Watch, including interesting hints about the pricing of the space gray models. Notice our list below of extensive guesstimates for all three tiers of the Apple Watch.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may signal that the Apple Watch may be released sooner than later, perhaps earlier in April, say April 3rd, April’s first FRIDAY, perhaps the last portion of Match. You may recall we reported last year that Apple was “a month ahead of schedule in the Apple Watch development timeline“. Apple’s Spring Forward media event may signal that the Apple Watch may be available for on-line purchase, perhaps as early as mid-Match.

iF Announced at its International Forum Awards Gala in Munich, Apple Watch wins the coveted IF Gold Award for 2015. Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF entry Label, only a few win the gold award for excellence in several categories.

 The Apple Watch competed with over 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award segment that covers a number of commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products.

 The IF Award Jury noted: “The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

 While Apple has discussed Apple Watch design and keystone features at length, the company has not yet presented the full hardware specifications and pricing details, likely to be heard at Apple’s March 9 Media Event. In a recent report, analyst Gene Munster estimated mid-tier Apple Watch models will retail for $499 to $599, depending on customization options, while the high-end Apple Watch Edition could sell for $4,999.

Apple Watch Tier Graphic. Notice the graphic below where we have estimated the average spelling prices, APS, for the Apple Watch. Most of those reporting on this topic are in general agreement on the ASP price range for the Sports Watch ($350 to $400) and the Apple Watch, the middle tier’s ASP ($500 to $900) depending on the band.

Among Reporters, there is little consensus for the pricing on the Apple Watch Edition, the 18k Gold Apple Watch. The ASP estimates range from $2500 to $10,000. Of course these figures vary largely based on the assumed amount of Gold that is incorporated in the Apple Watch gold case. Our estimate is, there may be 37.5gm of 24k Gold, then combined with 12.5gm of other elements to formulate 50gm of 18k Yellow or Rose colored Gold.

24k Gold Bars trading today at $1200 per troy ounce, lets compute the ASP, average selling price, of the Apple Watch Edition
⌚️ GOLD $1450 of gold metal in the watch case; add to this
⌚️ S1 Watch Chip $200 Apple’s S1 electronics-watch-chip and battery
⌚️ Watch Bands $550 for watch bands and bracelets,
⌚️ $2,200 Total Cost direct costs for the Edition Watch
⌚️ $1,800 Operating expense Corporate expense allocation per unit
⌚️ $3,000 Profit component per unit assume reasonable margin
⌚️ $7,000 Average Selling Price yielding about a 43% profit margin, relatively Low-Level Margin for a premium Jewelry product.
⌚️ $6,500 Average Selling Price Note, if there is only One Troy ounce of Gold, rather than the 37.5gm of Gold, then the Edition Watch Gold may sell for $6,500.

Apple Watch S1 Computer Module. Apple’s ability to surround their (New) products, like the Apple Watch, with connectivity and its ecosystem, this Article provides some insight on the S1’s operation, plus several X-Ray views of the “Heart” of the iWatch.

Apple Watch’s brains and heart is located in its S1 Module, a “Computer Package” housed within a unique sealed Module. The S1 represents a new level of micro-miniaturization, packaging literally Billions of electronic components and sensors into a single semiconductor module, hermitically sealed in resin.

Apple S1 System in Package, SiP, processor, memory, wireless connectivity transceivers, sensors packaged into a single, resin-sealed package. The S1 package contains an Apple customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.

Apple Watch S1 Package is filled and sealed with resin to prevent any moisture intrusion and for structural durability. Very little is known about the S1, however, Chipworks (an enterprise specializing in patent and technology reverse engineering and support) believes that it has identified the Processors, the WiFi, and Bluetooth transmitters-receivers, the medium sized processor in the center at the top of the images.

 Since wristwatches were invented in the 19th century, people have been glancing at them to check the time. With Apple Watch, this simple, reflexive act allows you to learn so much more. We optimized your favorite apps for the wrist by developing Glances — scannable summaries of the information you seek out most frequently. To see them, you simply swipe up from your watch face. In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You can quickly swipe through different Glances, or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

 S1 Chip. Massive constraints have a way of inspiring interesting, creative solutions. A prime example is the custom-designed chip at the heart of Apple Watch. No traditional computer architecture could fit within such a confined space. So we found a way to integrate many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, which is then completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics from the elements, impact, and wear. Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturization

 Because it’s connected to your iPhone, Apple Watch can present time in a more personal way. One that’s based around your life and schedule. You’ll receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. So you can answer or dismiss them instantly. And since Apple Watch sits on your wrist, your alerts aren’t just immediate. They’re intimate. With a gentle tap, notifications subtly let you know when and where your next meeting starts, what current traffic conditions are like, even when to leave so you’ll arrive on time. At any point, you can simply swipe down to Notification Center to view what you may have missed.

 Apple Watch Notifications. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist. Whenever you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.

 The wrist is a convenient area for collecting data about your physical activity, a task Apple Watch is designed to perform throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses1 protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from simply standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, suggest customized goals, and reward you for reaching personal fitness milestones.

 As familiar as wearing a watch is, charging one is something new. So we decided to make it utterly effortless. In fact, our goal was to make Apple Watch easy to charge in the dark. Without looking. While being only partially awake. We arrived at a solution that combines our MagSafe technology with inductive charging. It’s a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts. And it’s very forgiving, requiring no precise alignment. You simply hold the connector near the back of the watch, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will describe how to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Apple’s team will describe the iWatch Configuration App, housed in your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3. The App delivers a unique Pathway App, to transfer your iWatch configuration seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apple is the Master of Marketing, the Company has proven this repeatedly dating back to January, 2007 with its introduction of the original iPhone. Besides, the event being named “Spring Forward” the event is the very next day when we all advanced our “Watches one hour Forward” for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in North America.

Apple’s Spring Forward theme was recited in Apple’s formal invitation was sent Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 to the global Media community. Apple will present many details about how the iWatch will benefit its users. The presentation will likely show Apple’s new Companion Apple Configuration App, that makes it super-simple to set up the your Apple Watch, directly from your iPhone, plus topics were not fully covered at its initial announcement 5 months ago, following its mid-September Announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s Spring Forward Preparation. If you’d like a “warm up exercise” in preparation of the Apple Watch media event, the link directly below this graphic, is a Video Clip of the Apple Announcement of the iWatch last September.

Apple first introduced the Apple Watch September, 2014, Apple delivered to us a “high-level” comprehensive overview at what the product will be able to do to improve our lives. We remain uninformed about many other specifics like battery life, pricing for the high-end and the other two-tiers of models.

 This link will take you directly to Apple’s iWatch presentation that was delivered around the world September, 2014… it is definitely worth it to take a look:

⌚️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU

http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/smartphone-os-market-share/

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may also Announce other New Products, for example the iPad Pro, a large display 12.9″ iPad with enhanced specifications, Speed, RAM, etc., that has been rumored for several years. Perhaps Apple may announce a new version of its Apple TV, which is years overdue for revision. My understanding, there are over 20 million Apple TV boxes in circulation.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will undoubtedly describe how we will be able to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Plus Apple will describe the iWatch Configuration App, loaded into your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3, that delivers a unique Pathway App {transferring information and configurations from your iPhone directly to your iWatch} utilizing a menu-driven system to Transfer all your Watch Settings and Notifications seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apples March 9th Media Event will provide Live-Streaming Video Broadcast World Wide to all Apple folks or anyone that has a Safari browser on their PC computer systems, plus all iPhones and iPads, the simple hardware-software criteria that Apple has used for us to qualify for the Live-Streaming Broadcasts. Having watched a number of Apple’s Live Streamed broadcasts, they are very professionally produced and scripted. In My Humble Opinion, Apple will open its Live-Streaming Media Event to hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, MAC and PC users, many of which are iWatch interested.

Apple’s Live Streaming : Spring Forward Media Event. The Link below will be activated about 30 minutes before the Live-Streaming Presentation is broadcasted everywhere at 1:00pm Eastern, Monday March 9, 2015. Note, If you click onto the Link before March 9th, it will likely not have been activated until “Game Day.”.

http://Apple.com/live

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. The Video Link below takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announced the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces this new innovative and reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple weeks ago commenced production of 6 Million Apple Watch Units representing its Initial Quarterly Order.

 Apple projects internally sales of 24 million iWatches in the first fiscal-year of sales beginning April, 2015, as stated in news reports, which Apple has not confirmed. Several other analysts project 36 million Apple Watches and more, in the first fiscal-year of sales.

Apple in my opinion, is likely not in a hurry for an early April release date, as Apple surely wants to “iron out all the wrinkles” associated with a new-product release; however, maintain an “April Release” as published. Also when considering the Apple Watch release date, towards the end of April, Apple holds its Quarterly Financial report at 5pm following the 4pm public filing of Apple’s 2015 Q2.

Apple Watch is the only NEW product-release, since the unveiling of the iPad at a Press-Event held January 27, 2010 and subsequently released on April 30, 2010 with built-in Cellular+WiFi connectivity, two weeks earlier the WiFi iPad was available to the public.

CEO, Tim Cook surely desires to hold the Apple Watch high in the air, with all of the software, hardware, App, and iOS system issues rendered as glitch-free as possible. If Apple needs a week or more to polish the edges, the Apple Watch may be released to the Public towards the end of April, like on Friday 24th.

Apple Watch early adopters, the Apple Loyalists, must be Impressed with this unique Wearable iWatch, its Easy set-up, Ease of use, Battery life, Connectivity to everything iPhone/iPad. If accomplished, the major issues the media-critics have been whining about, mostly focused on its battery life, should be silenced early on.

Emergence of early issues may severely hamper accelerated adoption by the folks; Except, yours truly as I’ll be literally on line early morning, at Apple’s Retail Store at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Presently I’m focusing on the Apple Watch mid-tier model, the Dark Stainless Steel Bracelet or the Milanese Loop

Unless you’ve just returned from a extended vacation on planet SATURN, you may know the Apple Watch is coming very soon. iWatch is scheduled to be released in April, 2015. April 3rd, is the earliest Friday in April, only 36 days from today, February 26th. Many have asked us, will there be a Pre-Release Media event, (say Tuesday March 24th) 9 days before THE Release of iWatch Inventory to Apple’s retail stores? News reports have been accelerating as the release date becomes closer to realty. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomfield and other journalists, have been discussed the new Apple Watch line-up.

Uncommon with a NEW Apple product release are the hoards of media-critics, claiming the uselessness of this new product. The Apple Watch is a unique New Product, as compared to a new Iteration of an existing product, like iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.

Historically, the Original iPhone was announced at Apple’s Maxworld Expo held January 9, 2007 annual event the media soon after slammed Apple for getting into a venue (cellular phones) it knew absolutely nothing about, considering there was already a very crowded field of experienced Mobile Phones makers.

 The Same choir of critics reported that Apple’s NEW iPad was “nothing new and if Apple’s lucky, maybe 6 million units would be sold” in its first year. Since the initial iPhone in 2007 there have been over a Billion iOS devices sold and in circulation, half of which are iPhones, Apple selling into a very crowded field of smartphone makers.

Recent articles discussing Apple’s iWatch endeavor has given me motivation to take harder look towards generating some reasonable expectations that we formulated for the three-tiered AppleWatch lineup; We’re assuming Apple will fabricate and sell 24 million iWatches for the initial 12 month sales period, plus Apple’s disclosure of the $350 Sports Watch entry-price point.

All the statistics have been projected by us internally, with no knowledge of what Apple has actually projected. Several facts have been released to the public that we’ve used in our presentation: (1) there will be a 3-tiered iWatch model lineup, (2) the Sports Watch will retail for $350, and (3) all else is our conjecture.

Apple Watch Economic Model. The statistical-chart below displays what we believe are “realistic” sales goals, perhaps conservatively, with price-traunches for the three tiered line-up, Sports, Apple Watch, Apple Edition, metaled Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, and 18k Gold respectively.

iWatch [Gold] Edition is the top-tier version of the AppleWatch. Its been estimated that the Edition Apple Watch may retail for an estimated $4500. Sounds like a lot of money. Although Apple chose to leave the word “Gold” out of the Top Tier Title, Apple Edition, gold is in fact the watch-body metal; Note, presently Gold’s raw-material cost is hovering around $1200 per troy ounce, gold watches are “pricey” regardless of who designs and makes them, irrespective of the internal electronics package or electro-mechanical movement.

Apply is now Buying massive quantities of 24k Gold bullion, but that’s just the beginning. Roughly 14.46 Million troy ounces of 24k Gold bullion that are purchased by Apple per year (assuming our guesstimates are close) must be Certified by Apple Metallurgists when delivered, for elemental AU Purity and Weight. These two steps are very complex and require significant Oversight by agents of the bullion-supplier and Apple. Dealing with the payments and receipts of $18 Billion as Apple pays for the gold bullion is quite complex.

Post Certification of Millions of Pounds of Gold Bullion, it passes to the secure Fabrication Plant, carefully measured batches of the Bullion are heated to 2,000ºF in special Gold Furnaces, then Apple Metallurgists mix the molten gold with other specially purified metal ingredients resulting in several unique specialty 18k Gold formulations, then poured into Apple Watch cast-forms, cooled, then the iWatch Gold-Blanks are removed from the forms and inspected, those that pass through quality control are machined and polished, for further assembly. The gold-blanks that are rejected, and foundry castings are not 100%, go back to the Furnaces to be repoured.

This scenario is highly simplified, but gives you a notion of the complexity of the process. As about $18 Billion of gold bullion is involved, significant added costs are incurred for Plant Security, armed security guards, “security watching the valuables and each other, throughout all these processes.

Apple is processing this gold presently in effort for their April 2015 release to their retail stores for sale. Apple is also presently installing into the Common Carriers, Apple Distribution Centers, and Apple Retail Stores, specially designed VAULTS and ALARM Systems to protect the Apple Watch Boxed Inventory.

Apple Watch Edition, Lets take the iWatch apart piece-by-piece, financially speaking. Let’s assume that the Edition Watch may contain 37.5gm of 24k Gold and the Apple Watch electronics module is the same module used universally with all three of the AppleWatch tiers.

Apple Watch Financial Array. The bullet-points below display the cost analysis for the Apple Watch [gold] Edition, all Edition iWatches are gold cased watches.

Current Spot-Gold price. Assuming the iWatch pure-gold content is 37.5gm of gold watch-case (our guesstimate) when formulated to 18k gold metal-alloy. If Apple’s Gold Alloy procedure starts with 37.5gm of 24k Gold, as 24k gold metal is fabricated into 18k Gold by adding presumably precise amounts of Silver, Copper and Zinc, therefore watch-case (without internals) would then weigh 50gm, due to the additional 12.5gm of Apple’s unique mix of metals, blended in its Alloy-Furnaces. FYI, currently (as of 2/27/2015) spot-gold is hovering between $1204 to $1219 per troy ounce. Recall the under-side of the iWatch is stainless-steel which seals the watch-cased Computer module, Lithium Polymer battery, and houses 4 biometric sensor components.

Apple with its team of the best Metallurgists on the planet, have developed several unique 18k Gold formulations that delivers 18k Gold Alloys with custom Colors offering greater Gold hardness and durability unique to Apple. Typically 18k Gold is “softer” making it more prone to scratching and scuffing, showing greater signs of wear, than with traditional 14k Gold alloy formulations.

The Most Common 18k Gold Colors and Formulations are Displayed in this article with graphics and charts showing. The common alloys of elemental Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc in various levels of concentrations. Notice in the 12 Gold Colors Chart, Yellow Gold contains Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc with Gold representing 75% of the Alloy. To produce Rose colored Gold, the formulation contains only three elements: Gold, Silver, and Copper, removing Zinc. It will be very interesting to know the precise Formulation of Elements Apple’s team of metallurgists have chosen to create its unique Colors and Hardness, never seen before in the Gold Industry.

Apple is Reinventing the Watch. One should not be surprised that when Apple committed to a Watch-Wearable product, again Apple is REINVENTING the business of Gold Wearable Watches. From the images that Apple has displayed, and as presented in this article, Apple has created several striking 18k Gold Colors never seen in the industry. My bet is the brilliance of the gold colors is not simply a photoshop magic act, their unique Gold colors will be even more striking up close and personal, when the buying public visualized the Apple Watch in their Retail Stores.

As a reference, a typical ROLEX watch and bracelet uses 150gm of Gold; however, the gold is contained in the base Watch plus its hefty Bracelet. The Rolex bracelet accounts for a significant portion of the total gold metal package.

Apple Watch Computer module $200, the same module in all Apple Watches
Apple Watch Edition’s gold uses 37.5gm 24k Gold valued at $1500 for an 18k Gold formulation, presently spot-gold is $1205/gm [math: (37.5/31.1) x $1205 = $1500 the cost of the gold component]
Apple Watch Form, Jewlers add “Form” value to the price of its jewelry creations, say $2300
Apple Edition Band, say $500
Apple Watch Edition retail price = $4500 (math: $200 + $1500 + $150 + $2300 + $500)

Specifically, people in the supply-line familiar with this topic claim Apple has commenced production of about 6 million Apple Watches many weeks ago, for the iWatch’s first quarterly production-run; just over half of the production is earmarked for the Sport model, with a third of the production-run allocated for the middle-segment stainless-steel Apple Watch, with the balance is the Top-Tier Edition production, about 10% for the Apple Watch [Gold] Edition models.

Apple Watch Edition impact on Global Gold Supply. One more thing, lets have some fun in determining what Apple Watch Edition sales may have on the World’s supply for gold. Here are some givens to consider
 Apple Watch facts and conversion factors: there are 31.1gm in 1.00 Troy Ounce, there are 32,150.75 Troy ounces in one Metric Ton, Global production of Gold is 2500 Metric Tons annually, spot-gold price currently hovering around $1205 per troy ounce
 Apple is currently produce 500,000 gold Edition Apple Watch units as its initial quarterly production-run
 Apple Watch Edition ramps up production to 1 million Apple Watch units monthly [or more] as demand dictates
 Apple Watch Edition requires 37.5gm of pure 24k Gold for each iWatch, guesstimated
 Apple Watch Edition utilized 1.2058 Troy ounces of Gold per Apple Watch Edition, extrapolation of a guesstimate
 Apple Watch Edition will consume 14,469,453 troy ounces of Gold in its First fiscal Year of production, equating to 450 Metric Tons of 24k Gold/Yr, which equates to over 5x Rolex’s current Gold consumption
 Apple will Buy $18.086 Billion per Year for 24k Gold Bullion to built its Gold Edition Watches, base on current assumptions and spot-gold prices
 Apple Edition Watch Gold will place a New Demand for 20% of the total annual global Gold production
 Reference #1. Rolex sells $4.7 billion in gold watches yearly, from an estimated 600,000 Rolex watch sales. Rolex watches average 150gm or 4.82 troy ounces of Gold per watch, equating to 2.894 million troy ounces, or 90 Metric Tons Gold/annually
 Reference #2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York stores on average 7,000 metric tons of Gold Bullion in its Manhattan vault.

 By Mid-April, 2015, we are expecting over 50,000 Apple Watch Apps on the AppStore. Currently, for an average iPhone user there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We currently have 418 Apps on my iPhone 6 Plus and 300 Apps on Marilyn’s iPhone 6 Plus. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch may have 75 Apps per Apple Watch. There may likely be no single killer app for Apple Watch when the iWatch is released (other than the iWatch Configuration App) as each user will have their “own set of Killer Apps.” One way to look at this new “Wearable” is that the consumer is getting 75 different devices housed in one Apple Watch. Several Analysts are projecting that Apple may sell over 40 million Apple Watches in 1st the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.

Many of the Apple Watch details are still unconfirmed, typical for Apple product releases, most notably the three-tired segment pricing, Apple Watch may be the revenue growth driver Apple needs for this April-Quarter, typically a relatively modest earnings period.

Apple’s Sports Watch is configured with an satin Aluminum case with a variety of elastomer sports water resistant bands. The Apple Watch is housed in highly polished hardened Stainless Steel with two colors, with a number of elegant bracelets. For the fashion minded, the Apple Watch Edition is encased in a highly polished and hardened Gold case accompanied with appealing bracelets. If our guesstimates are correct, this new Wearable product-line may have significant implications for year-over-year revenue growth at the company.

If the last eight quarterly financial reports are an indication, Apple may benefit handsomely with this mid-year revenue accelerator. The first fiscal-quarter (Apple’s fourth calendar quarter) is where Apple has really outperformed, growing revenue nearly 30% year-over-year.

Led by the newest iterations of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, most notably Apple smashed all expectations and accordingly propelled the $AAPL stock to all-time highs, with no end in sight. Not to mention that many of the largest Investment Banking firms’ analysts increasing the Target Pricing to $150/share and seemingly other analysts concurring with increased share target pricing.

Apple’s mid-year quarterly performance are generally less impressive then Apple’s first quarter results. And while it is important to note that 5% to 6% year-over-year growth is still amazing for a huge company pushing nearly $200 billion in revenues, with an Apple Watch earnings injection during the seasonally slower quarters should be an additional catalyst for Apple’s stock trading prices.

As you may know, one of the Apple “low” growth quarters is the third fiscal quarter, that typically starts April 1st. With an iWatch April release date expected, the Apple Watch may be most felt during this quarter. Assuming forecasts are close to reality, Apple generally errs on the conservative side with their projections. The Apple Watch may add roughly 16.8% growth to the quarter year-over-year, considering all other product sales factors constant. However, being rather bullish on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these “slower” seasonal quarters may be “not so slow” as usually expected by the “talking heads.”

The Big Question: Which Watch is for You? With the start of the New Year the specialty Watch Makers like Montblanc, Longines, Baume & Mercier, and others announce and display their new creations to the public.

Watches – Which is Best for You Comparing a robust “mans” chronograph with a modern gold iWatch with a red-band is eye catching, the primary purpose. However, when one acquires Mechanical-Chronographs with Complications in its Face, other than the watch-band, your use and visuals are Fixed. With iWatch other than your choice of the Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum alloy case, all else may be changed including the bands.

With the iWatch, Fixed only applies to your choice of how tall the watch body is, either 38mm or 42mm, and your choice of metal, Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum… all else you may change. The Watch Face may look anyway you desire, with Complications or not, thousands of possibilities, that you may change anytime. Directly under iWatch’s highly polished scratch-proof Sapphire Crystal, is a brilliant OLEM retina touch-display.

iWatch Face may display whatever information you desire, Day, Date, Graphics, Animations, iMessages, eMail, Weather, your next Calendar event, an incoming Call or Text, the position of Planet Earth in its solar system, your Heart rate, your Friend’s Heart Rate, anything or everything you desire, including the local Time. Want the Second-Hand on an analog face, turn it on or off. Want Digital or Analog time display, Want the Day/Date, turn these on or off, as you desire. Bands and Materials may be easily changed, choose from Leather bands, Stainless, Links, Sports elastomer Bands, however your use and venue dictates. Have a sports band for daily use, and have a elegant band for evening wear. You may easily change the iWatch Band, with no tools whatsoever.

iWatch Graphics. These two graphics shows the 42mm and 38mm iWatch faces and an overlay. The 38mm iWatch face graphic has an Overlay (the blue left and bottom edges) highlighting the 42mm iWatch face to show the size comparisons.

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. After completing the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook mentioned just “One more thing…” a famous Steve Jobs saying, and went on to Announce the Apple Watch. This Video Link takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announces the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces a new innovative reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple Watch certainly is not intended for everyone, neither is the Montblanc, a more limited audience for sure. Lets face it, “old fashioned electro-mechanical” wrist watches have an appeal to more mature affluent audiences, while possess “retro attraction” to the yuppie millennials. However, these classic mechanicals may be 42mm in diameter by 12mm, fragile, relatively expensive, and many amazingly keep terrible time. The iWatch has a 42mm face that rests 12mm on your wrist, and a second iWatch model of 38mm.

Apple Watch embodies many interesting aspects, as under its highly polished Sapphire Crystal is a brilliant OLED very high resolution “retina” touch-screen, that may Display hundreds of possible iWatch Faces. I’m imagining that the iWatch face is a rounded-rectangular shape so that the four-corners may house miniature Informative-Icons, or other Graphic Signals, or not.

Apple Watch’s Display is Strategic, meaning that with careful software graphics capabilities, one may design a “Perpetual Calendar Chronograph” digital iWatch face with unlimited complications, being mindful not to make it too confusing. On the other hand, one may choose an uncluttered iWatch face, or something in between, all user selectable.

🍎⌚️ Apple Engineers Completing iWatch Software. Apple has ceded the 4th beta of its iOS8.2 software today, largely dealing with the iWatch interface and its connectivity with iPhones. Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s complex iOS operating system software.

🍎⌚️ Sources familiar with iWatch development say the Apple Watch is currently ahead of schedule and on track to ship in the United States in March according to 9to5MAC, who has a very good track record and sources, in predicting product releases. Apple previously stated that the wearable product will ship in “early 2015” certainly not a very precise phrase.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch engineers have been “polishing up” the iWatch iOS operating system and putting the device’s Battery through very extensive testing. Apple engineers have also been “working overtime to improve the inductive charging system necessary for “contact-less” charging-up the device’s internal Lithium Polymer, LiON battery each night.” Tim Cook stated during an October 2014 press event that: “We think you’re going to end up charging the Apple Watch daily. Overnight, that’s what we think.”

iWatch Show-Floor DemoThis link shows an on-floor Apple-Show 5 minute raw employee-demo of the use and settings of the iWatch: http://youtu.be/rwv-3wZocK4.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey. Notice the Graph above drawn from the statistics from a recent extensive survey (conducted by finance company Credit Suisse) of current iPhone owners approximately
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Buy iWatch
⌚️ 10% of iPhone Owners will Probably Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will May Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will Probably Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 100% of iPhone Owners that are Considering the Purchase of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation Assumptions . Lets extrapolate these statistics further. For the 10% of those stating they will Probably Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy, lets estimate that if 1000 people in the Apple Store stated they Probably will buy, lets say 500 of the 1000, about 1/2 of this group, will actually buy the iWatch; Similarly, For the 27% of those stating they will May Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy; lets estimate that if 2700 people in the Apple Store stated they are Maybe Buyers, lets say 700 of the 2700, about 1/4th of this group will actually buy the iWatch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation. Using the logic and assumptions above, lets restate three of the above groups of Likely Buyers, Probable Buyers, and Maybe Buyers, into a Single grouping of what we’ll call “Very Likely” Buyers
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Definitely Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 5% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Probably Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 7% of iPhone Owners that stated they May Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 30% of iPhone Owners therefore are “Very Likely” Buyers of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ Your Wait for Apple Watch may be over… sooner than you may have thought. According to news reports, Apple Watch iOS version software has been finalized. Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Apple Watch wearable device is on track for a March 2015 release timeframe, although no specific date is available. These news reports trim the previous timeline quite a bit. Fairly soon you may see long lines forming outside at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. I witnessed the unruly lines at 2am outside Apple’s Boca Raton store for the iPhone 6 Friday morning release, September 19, 2014.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch wearable device is on track for March, 2015 release, although no more detail on a specific release date is currently known. These news reports trim the timeline, and provide more precision on the iWatch release, then you’ll see the long lines forming at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. Prior to this News, Apple stated an imprecise phrase “Early 2015” as the iWatch release schedule. Another Senior Corporate spokesperson was even more vague stating a “Spring 2015” iWatch release schedule. Take a moment to view these beautifully produced Apple Watch videos.

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production will begin this month, January, 2015, whereas the iWatch was once scheduled to be rolling off Apple contracted lines in February.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production Orders. Apple has reportedly ordered 24 million iWatches from their contracted supplier, Quanta. In response to this relatively strong initial production order, Quanta has increased its workforce five-fold, increasing it from 2,000 workers to 10,000 workers. It’s expected that Quanta will then double again its workforce to 20,000 as the Apple Watch develops its sales momentum as 2015 progresses.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million unit Initial Production Order. One may consider a 24 million initial order seemingly aggressive; However, if recent polling is correct, 24 million iWatches may be on the mark or somewhat conservative. Current polling indicates that about 10% of iPhone users are actually “Very Likely” to buy the Apple Watch; Combine this 10% in the “Very Likely” Group, with an even larger group of iWatch iFolks, that say they are “Somewhat Likely” may increase the total “Likely Buyers Group” by another 5%. If predictive of actual demand, this trend will stress the supply-line for the 24 million iWatch initial production order.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Time will Tell, this high level of predictive demand may give the impression of production constraints, although, having the effect of keeping iWatch stocks flowing out of Apple retail stores, as fast as inventory arrives. Our guess, for the initial 12 months that iWatch is available, there may be some 30 million to 38 million iWatches sold.

🍎⌚️ Think about it. IMHO, Apple “pre Announced” the Apple Watch in September last year for multiple purposes
(🍎) Apple Defines this new product’s concepts early, rather than the rumor-mills and leaks
(🍎🍎) Provides sufficient time for the market-place, the iPhone folks to digest this entirely new product concepts
(🍎🍎🍎) Six months of assimilation, the iWatch pre-announcement to its formal release, gives everyone time to imagine having this unique Wearable, a marketing marvel by Apple.

🍎⌚️ History of 2007 iPhone. Recall Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs on stage during Apple’s annual Macworld conference, announced Apple’s very first iPhone. Starting off with the words “We’re gonna make some history today” Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs tricked the audience by claiming he was going to introduce three new products: an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone and an Internet communications device, knowing that all three components were built into Apple’s newly Announced iPhone.

🍎⌚️ First iPhone Announcement. Similarly, when the Original iPhone was Announced January 9, 2007, 6 months later its was Release on June 29, 2007. This 6 months duration gave the World, the Market, the Apple Analysts, and Clients an “assimilation” period to digest The New iPhone Concept.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/qe68rx The iWatch presentation given September, 2014 is presently being “assimilated” just as the iPhone was exactly 8 years Ago, January 9, 2007 at its announcement. Presently, Apple has sold more than 530,000,000 iPhones, and is expected to sell some 220,000,000 iPhones this year.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/cd48rx The First iPhone, 8 years ago (21m:15s into the Macworld Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs the iPhone is Reinvented).

🎬 http://tiny.cc/zx48rx. The First iPad was Reinvented on April 3, 2010. In sum there are over 750,000,000 iPhones and iPads in circulation, by year-end 1,000,000,000 iDevices enhancing peoples lives.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million Production Schedule. The News Reports do not specifically outline the reasons for Apple moving iWatch production up; However, there were vague references that “production yield issues” have been resolved. This could be referring to either the LiON Battery, Sapphire Crystal, the Touch Display, or a mix of the three. If the iWatch is as popular as we think it will be, Apple will need as much of a production head-start as they can.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Display. The centerpiece of the Apple Watch is an bright AMOLED display (newly designed for Apple) that is estimated to be more costly than traditional LCD screens Apple uses in its iPhones and iPads, which are not AMOLED displays. According to Taiwan’s Apple Daily, the alleged terms of the Quanta deal limit Quanta from partnering with any competing device makers building wearable electronics. This News Report aligns with earlier rumors suggesting that Quanta had secured “exclusive manufacturing rights” for the Apple Watch, although some reporters are suggesting that Foxconn and Inventec may “muscle their way” into the iWatches’ supply chain.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Associate Training. iWatch training courses will commence February 9th through February 16th. The core training will take place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and a satellite office in Austin, Texas. Direct training will be given to one or two representatives from each of the 263 USA Apple Stores. At the completion of the iWatch Training, the Store Associates are then tasked to return to their Apple store, to train the Store sales staff. Apple has currently 444 retail stores operating in 16 countries, including 263 in the USA, plus an online store available in 39 countries.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Training is said to commence in early February; however, the Apple Watch release date is set for March. According to news reports, those who completed Direct Corporate Headquarters training will thereafter be training their Home-Based Apple store staff. This follow-up training will occur in the days just before the Apple Watch release Event. Apparently since Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told the pre-release iWatch story at the announcement of the iPhone 6 in September, 2014, Apple is not concerned with pre-release leaks from its 30,000 retail store associates.

🍎⌚️ iWatch, Apple Watch is the most personal iDevice ever. Apple’s goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible, more relevant and ultimately more personal.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first Apple product to be worn.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple took a very unusual step in pre-announcing an entirely new Product Category BEFORE it was ready for release. Granted, Apple announces its iPhones, iPads, MacBooks before actual product release; however, for these MAC and iDevices, there was a 7 to 11 day period one waited for delivery of the New product released. In contrast Apple “Announced” the AppleWatch in late September, 2014 concurrently with its iPhone 6 announcement; however, Apple indicated then, that the iWatch would be Available in “early 2015.”

🍎⌚️ Apple will release iWatch in Early 2015. I can imagine Five vocabulary words for defining “when” in 2015 other than mentioning a chosen Calendar Quarter or a particular Month. Apple could have used these Four phrases: Beginning, Early, Middle, Late 2015. Late 2015 could mean November-December 2015, Middle could indicate May-June-July 2015.

🍎⌚️ What does “Early 2015″ tell us? Since Apple chose not to use a particular Month like January 2015, January likely not what Apple had in mind. However, “Early, 2015″ could mean either February, March, or April. Lets Add one more factor. Apple’s reports its financial results on a fiscal basis, where its 1st fiscal Quarter is defined as December 1st through February 28. Since the iPhone 6 is selling strongly, perhaps Apple desires the AppleWatch to make its Sales-Splash beginning in March of 2015 the start of Apple’s 2nd fiscal quarter.

🍎⌚️ Apple – One thing I have learned about Apple… “Apple does everything on purpose, with all aspects thoroughly thought out.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Driven culturally to deliver. Apple is proud and patient with all product releases by “getting it right” technology-wise, market-wise, and timing-wise, getting most of the bugs out before the public see it, and before its critics see it. Apple may also desire to give its stable of independent developers, some time for iWatch Application (App) Development. Apple may desire the “kick off” the iWatch in its 2nd fiscal quarter of 2015.

🍎⌚️ Apple prefers to release new products on Friday for a Three-Day, Friday-Saturday-Sunday “weekend” sales splash. Looking at our Calendar, February 27, 28, March 1st, is the first weekend containing a March date; however, March 6, 7 and 8 is the first all March Weekend.

🍎⌚️ Apple Factoid to Consider. Apple is somewhat constrained in the fabrication of the Sapphire Crystals used on the WATCH and its WATCH EDITION product lines (the Sports models have hardened glass crystals not sapphire), Apple may be scheduling the Apple Watch in March giving sufficient time to build up a reasonable inventory of all the iWatch models. Its illogical for Apple to create huge anticipation, and not have a reasonable inventory of iWatch models to satisfy its Loyal Following.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Release Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015, total conjecture though, as we have NO internal sources whatsoever.

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. The iPhone is mentioned in this article, as the adoption of the iWatch may follow the adoption-history of the iPhone. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, 30 years after Motorola literally “invented” their very popular, however, expensive Star•TAC 8500XL. I bought this Motorola “Brick” 30 years ago for $4200 in 1985, weighing in at 28oz. I retained it as a souvenir of the times, then the most portable cellular phone.

🍎⌚️ 30 Million to 38 Million iWatch customers may be “voting” with their Wallets in its first 12 months of availability. Lets see how we get to these numbers. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, it showed an adoption rate of 11 million iPhones in its 1st fiscal year (21 million in the 2nd fiscal year, 39 million in year 3, 72 million in year 4, 125 million units sold in the 5th year of the iPhone). Our guess is the adoption rate of the AppleWatch may follow the growth rate history of the iPhone, as both devices (iPhone and iWatch) were totally new Apple products.

🍎⌚️ iPhones are currently selling at 72 million units per quarter, capturing 51.3% of all global smartphone activations, 3 Times that of Samsung’s. With about 469 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then say 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales… this are our guesstimates.

🍎⌚️ AppleWatch Likely Buyers. A recent survey by Quartz (QZ.com) shows that about 14% of iPhone Owners who indicated that they are either Very Likely, Likely and Somewhat Likely to buy the new iWatch this year; however, some 86% are not interested in adopting for the iWatch in 2015. The Quartz Survey chart is displayed for your review. Lets use this 14% extrapolation.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s recent Annual Report, iPhone Sales represents about $101.9 Billion in iPhone Sales, for 169.2 Million iPhone unit sales, amounts to an average iPhone sales price of $602.72/unit. If in fact for the first 12 months of iWatch sales, 14% of iPhone owners buy the AppleWatch, then about 23 million iWatches may be purchased.

🍎⌚️ 469,000 iPhones reportedly are in Circulation, remove the 169 million iPhones sold last year, lets consider the remaining 300 million iPhone owners that purchased iPhones in years before 2014. Lets assume just 5% of those remaining iPhone owners buy the iWatch, this would add 15 million of possible iWatch buyers. Combine these two assumptions 23 million + 15 million = 38 million iWatch sales may occur in the first 12 months of AppleWatch sales.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s creation of the iPhone seven years ago, Apple literally reinvented the mobile cellular phone, into a very crowded market; However Apple literally changed the Mobile Phone into a “SmartPhone” weighing in at 6oz and sized at 0.46″x2.4″x4.5″ that continues to be improved and enhanced, today with their iPhone 6 sized at 0.27″x2.6″x5.4″ and 6 Plus sized at 0.28″x3.1″x6.2″.

🍎 Today, January 9th is the 8th Anniversary for the First iPhone. This was a great Day for Apple and an incredible Proud Day for Steve Jobs!

🍎 See the First Look at the iPhone, 8 years ago: <u http://tiny.cc/jsl7rx (21m:50s into the Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs as the very First iPhone is Announced).

🍎 iWatch 🍎 Apple Watch – Apple’s Entry into Electronic Wearables

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. 22 years after the Motorola 8500XL known as “the Brick”, Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, which was so much more than a mobile phone, literally a “smartphone” weighing in at 6oz and about 1/4″ thin, 2.5″x0.26″x4.0″ that Apple continues to enhanced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s critics reported that Apple has no business getting into the mature field of experienced mobile phone makers.

🍎⌚️ In 7 years Apple has delivered 500,000,000 premium priced iPhones, and are now selling iPhone 6 and 6+ at a pace well over 200,000,000 yearly. Not a typo, Apple is currently selling premium iPhones at a pace of 72 million units reportedly per calendar quarter with a profit margin over 30%. Its been also been reported that, based on actual cellular activations, iPhone 6 models were 51.3% of all global smartphone sales in December, 2014, outselling Samsung 3-to-1. Marilyn and I each own the iPhone 6 Plus and love them.

🍎⌚️ Tablets. Similarly, tablets were available several years before Apple reinvented it with the iPad in 2010. Apple carefully examined how Apple could develop such a device that folks would really want and use. Apple’s critics again reported that Apple was waisting their energies on tablets into such a mature tablet-marketplace, where Apple would be lucky of it could sell 5 million units in a good year.

🍎⌚️ The market place “voted” with their Wallets as iPads are selling at a clip 60 million units yearly with over 250 million in use today. Marilyn has the iPad mini, fits perfectly in here handbag, and I have the iPad Air 2, fits perfectly into my nifty DECODED black leather case.

🍎⌚️ 30,000,000 iWatch sales may “vote” their Wallets in 2015. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, they show an adoption rate of 11 million units in its 1st fiscal year (21 million 2nd fiscal year, 39 million 3rd year, 72 million 4th year, 125 million 5th year) compared to current iPhone sales of 72 million units per quarter. With about 450 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales, your guess thereafter…

🍎⌚️ Watch. Some Watch history. The watch which was developed in the 16th century (circa 1530) was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears which moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel. Most of the subsequent 500 year history of watches was devoted to refining the mechanical watch.

🍎⌚️ The Quartz Watch in the 1960s, which ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal, proved a radical departure for the industry. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches, an event referred to as the “quartz crisis”. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.

🍎⌚️ The origin of the word “Watch” is that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).

🍎⌚️ First watches were strictly mechanical, driven by spring-powered clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals, producing accurately timed electronic pulses. Some watches use radio-clock-technology to regularly correct the time. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970, the Pulsar LED.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple again, is reinventing the Watch, certainly entering a very mature field, dating back to the 16th century, 500 years ago and the “electronic” watch of 1970’s, some 50 years in the making. Apple’s entry into the “Watch” arena may be similar to its entry into Mobile Phones, when it made cell phones literally “Smart.” With the iWatch, Apple will be making the timekeeping wearable very “Smart” too.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple has created three venues for their Wearable: Apple Watch, Sports, and the Edition, each containing many designs, metals, and bands, generating thousands of possibilities to reach a huge audience, with no compromise with its core capability. Presently I am wearing a RADO for the past 10 years, loving it. However, with the release of the Apple Watch, I’m highly motivated towards the Apple Watch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone Connection. A significant capability of the iWatch is its connectivity with the iPhone. Think about it, all of the iPhone’s: rote Computing power, SIRI, sensors, GPS, Internet, WiFi, 3G, 4G, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, its Processor, Memory, its Apps are available to and from the iWatch. Literally thousands of developers are having a “field-day” imagining all the capability and connectivity between your iPhone, your iWatch, and everyone else’s iWatch and iPhone.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A simple example. Imaging the ladies that have an iPhone in their purse, or the guy with his iPhone in a briefcase, its ringer is off, to not disturb their surroundings. The iPhone receives an important telephone call. With the iPhone’s connectivity to the iWatch, the iWatch’s underside, sends a tympanic (“tap” or two) onto your wrist, notifying you of an incoming voice call, text, or upcoming calendar event…

🍎⌚️ Rotate your wrist a bit to glance at who’s calling you… To ignore the Call or Text, (lets say you are sitting at a conference table taking notes and participating with 12 others), simply cover your wrist with your other hand, which signals iWatch to ignore the Connection… or, answer the Call on the iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch you may answer the telephone call speak and listen through the iWatch’s internal miniature speaker and microphone… you may then transfer the call to your iPhone, as the call may be lengthly, knowing its worth the effort to retrieve the iPhone from your purse or briefcase. Alternatively, if you didn’t want to receive this call, you could send a text message to that caller from your AppleWatch, texting that: “I will return the call once you’re out of the meeting, I’m on my Way, I’ll call you in and hour….”

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone An ApplePay example. You are at Walgreens and want to pay for your personal supplies and Meds, instead of finding your Wallet and extracting a traditional Plastic Credit Card, or instead of finding your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, with its new ApplePay capability… just reach-out to position your iWatch close to the Walgreens cash-register’s NCF transceiver terminal, and your iWatch will communicate with your iPhone, and Walgreens Store… you can select the CC you desire and authorize payment, using the touch-display of your iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A Camera example. You have a terrific group shot to capture with your iPhone, you prop up the iPhone on the dining room table… to get in the shot you could let a stranger snap the shot for you, or you could, leave the iPhone on the dining room table, while you position yourself in the Shot, then LOOK at your APPLE WATCH, where you can actually see the image like looking into a “viewfinder” and then snap the shot or two, once everyone settles into a good pose. Once the image is captured you can see the result on the display of your AppleWatch. These examples do not even mention all the HEALTH capabilities.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. AppleWatch wearable is a Technology Marvel, making it possible to package microchips, sensors, graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, Firmware, Software, Apps… into one highly styled shock and water resistant wearable, that will “Tell a lot more than Time.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Heavily Invested with reInventing the Watch, which electronic watch industry has been tinkering with since the 1970’s.

🍎⌚️ Viewing Apple’s web-pages devoted to introducing the 2015 AppleWatch, you’ll get the message that Apple is deeply committed to having the masses add to their existing wearables, and encouraging others that don’t don wearables, may now do so.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

First Portion of this Article briefly highlights traditional high-value electro-mechanical time pieces, priced from $3,500 to over $50,000 followed by reporting on Apple’s unique contribution to the Watch arena, priced from $350 to several $Thousand. [Apple has not published their pricing as of this writing.]

Montblanc is now one of the most exciting brands under Richemont’s wide umbrella, thanks in no small part to Jerome Lambert’s leadership, the man who played a key role in making Jaeger-LeCoultre the powerhouse that it is today.

With SIHH 2015 Conference on January 19th, http://tiny.cc/r8wdsx, The SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE, where watch makers released details of there latest watch offerings, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, among others.

Montblanc’s Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes with a 41mm diameter case, available in 18k red gold (priced at $17,000) and stainless steel for the “wealthy wannabes” including polished bezel, with a horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The band-lug, which curve quite steeply, have the same satin treatment.

Montblanc’s Heritage Case thickness is 12mm, which is not thin, but entirely acceptable, as the mechanical movement was not developed from scratch, apparently the “movement” was purchased from a true watch maker’s previous invention. [Editorial remark: one would think for a $17k end product, Montblanc would design a unique watch movement for this release.]

Montblanc’s joining this first-rate array of watches for 2015 is the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarrum, featuring an in-house developed worldtime complication (more on this later). Worldtimers are not all that uncommon, but are notoriously tricky to get right. There is a lot of information to display, and if the designers and engineers are not careful, the dial can easily become way too busy, to be easily legible.

Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time, has done it right with one of the best examples of a well-designed worldtimer.

Watches worthy of mention are Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Worldtimer, Girard-Perregaux’s Traveller WW.TC And Moon Phase, which has chronograph functions to boot, (priced at $52,000) or (€44,000). [now that’s a bargain.] Like the Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar before it, this new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is also “very attractively priced” [not my words], in red gold, this watch will retail for $17,000 or (€14,400); and in stainless steel, the price is a very tempting $6,100 or (€5,175), [not really?]

☎️📞📡🍎 Marilyn and I will likely select iWatch styles, and take advantage of what seems to be an amazing step forward in personal wearable devices.

☎️📞📡🍎 Take a moment and watch several of Apple’s excellently produced videos at these locations.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/
🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

☎️📞📡🍎 Many Reasons for regular folks to take a hard look at the Apple Watch priced from $400 to thousands, depending on metal.

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes in a 41mm case – available in 18k red gold and stainless steel – with polished bezel and horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The lugs, which curve quite steeply, have the same treatment. Case thickness is around 12mm, which is a little on the thick side, but entirely acceptable, since the movement was not developed from scratch. At $17,000 what a bargain. NOT.

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Apple: For each 1.00% of iPhone Users Buy Watch – Apple Earns $1,483,000,000 in Gross Profit 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

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HEADLINE – Watch Math. For Each 1.0% of iPhone Users (that’s 1% of the 218,180,000 iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users) that buy Watch, APPLE Earns $1.483 Billion in Annual Gross Profits. Here’s the math and how we get there…

Apple hosted its Important Apple Watch Event March 9th, 2015. Apple Sprang Forward – WATCH Available April 24, PreOrder online April 10th. Apple’s presentation describes their intention of reinventing the Watch once created in the 16th century.

Apple, recall it did not invent the smartphone, they reinvented it with their iPhone in 2007 having delivered 700 million iPhones; Apple did not invent the Tablet, they reinvented it with their iPad in 2010 having delivered 240 million iPads. Now Apple reinvents the Wrist-Watch with its Watch in 2015 projected to sell between 20-to-35 million iWatches in its first year.

Apple Watch is “the beginning of the end of the traditional Wrist-Watch for the “over 30 crowd ” as many switch to the iWatch. For Millennials, Apple Watch may likely be their very First Watch, as most of the 13 to 30 year olds simply don’t wear Watches, they tell time with their iPhones.

Apple Watch is an amazing Companion to Apple’s iPhone (certainly not an iPhone replacement). Apple has now sold and delivered 700 Million iPhones world wide. Not bad considering the Apple critics screamed… Apple has no business entering an already crowded smartphone marketplace in January, 2007.

Apple Watch Sales Projection. We now know the pricing for the Three Tiers of Apple Watch Models and Bands. Accordingly, I’ve dusted off my trusty HP19BII calculator (in truth my calculator is an amazing 19BII business consultant emulation App by RLM Tools, here’s the $4.99 App Review: http://tiny.cc/qbhyvx Alternatively you can buy the HB19BII on Amazon currently priced for $290 New or $80 Used).

 Our projections for the sales of the initial production of 6 million Apple Watches are displayed in a simple spread-sheet format. We’ve projected 3.5 million Apple Sports Watches will be sold plus 2,000,000 mid-tier Apple Watches and 500,000 Apple Edition Watches, as the product sales-mix; of course our figures are not factual whatsoever.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Sports Watch Tier. The largest number of sales will likely occur for the Sports Watch. Factually, Apple states that it will sell the 38mm SportsWatch for $350 and the 42mm SportsWatch will sell for $400. Accordingly we are assuming that the unit-sales will occur evenly between the two Sports Watches models, resulting in an ASP, Average Selling Price of $375.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Apple Watch Tier. The Apple Watch will sell at $550 for the lowest priced Apple Watch, leading to a top price of $1100 for the Stainless Steel Bracelet band, leading us to a Weighted ASP of $750 which is $75 below the simple arithmetic average of $825. Personally, I really like the Sapphire faced, Dark Stainless Bracelet, priced at $1050 for the 38mm watch face, my wrist will not handle a 42mm watch-case.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Edition Watch Tier. The Apple Edition Watch will sell at $10,000 for the lowest priced Apple Edition Watch, leading to a top price of $18,000 for the 18k Gold with the Gold Buckle Band, leading us to a weighted ASP of $12,500. Weighting these top-tier luxury models is the most difficult to project, therefore we chose to be conservative with an Weighted ASP $12,500 estimate.

Apple Watch Weighted Average Selling Price for Three Tiers of Apple Watch unit sales. If these projection have merit, then the Sports Watch will sell to 3,500,000 customers for a total of $1.312 Billion in gross sales. The Apple Watch will sell to 2,000,000 customers for a total of $1.500 Billion in gross sales, and the Apple Edition (Gold) Watch will sell to 500,000 customers for a total of $6,250 Billion in gross sales. The weighted average selling price is skewed upwards, largely because of the 500,000 Gold Edition Watches that may sell for an average selling price of $12,500 each, therefore the overall ASP for all three tiers of AppleWatch models equates to $1,510.

Apple Watch Gross Sales and Profits projected. Using the resulting Gross sales figures above, all three Tiers will generate $9.062 Billion in sales for this new Apple Watch product. If Apple achieves say 45% profit margin, which is likely profit margin for a wearable product, then Apple’s Gross Profit may approach $4.078 Billion per Quarter, or $16.3 Billion Annually, or $1.36 Billion per Month. There are not many S&P 500 Companies that generate this profit level.

Apple Watch Gross Sales projections in Perspective. The 6,000,000 unit Sales of Apple Watch projected, is based on just 2.75% of the 218,181,000 customers (current number of iPhone 5 + iPhone 5S + 5C + iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus users) actually buy the Apple Watch sometime during the next 12 months from launch day, 24 April 2015.

Lets Play some Apple Watch Math Games. If the number of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 buyers increases by just 1.00%, then the Number of Apple Watch Sales increases by 2,181,800 unit sales, generating an additional Gross Profit of $1.483 Billion Quarterly, or about $5.931 Billion/year for those iPhone 5+ iPhone 6 users.

Apple Watch Math Games Summarized. Therefore for each 1% of iPhone Users that buy Apple Watch, about $6 Billion in annual Gross profit is added to Apple’s Financial Results. Similarly if 5% of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users buy Apple Watch, then Apple enjoys about $30 Billion in annual Gross Profits. It will be most interesting to look back at this Article (a year from now) in review of Apple’s actual Apple Watch 2016 annual results.

Apple critics screamed in January of 2007 “Apple is a Computer company and has no business getting into the crowded, experienced mobile-phone arena.” However, Apple methodically reinvented the smartphone, released it June, 2007 fortunately ignoring all their critics. iPhone sales soared to 74.5 million for the 90 day period ending 12/31/2014, and are projected to sell 225 million iPhones for Apple’s fiscal 2015.

Apple again was criticized, similarly in 2010, for entering the crowed, mature Tablet marketplace… good thing Apple ignored that advice, as it again reinvented the Tablet with its iPad, having delivering 225,000,000 units.

Apple iPhone/iPad sales combined total about 925,000,000 iPhones and iPads have been sold into a crowded, competitive, mature marketplace. Apple has also earned a 99% Customer Satisfaction rating, unheard of in this industry. Critics are similarly questioning the wisdom of the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch represents the 2015 moment in time, “likely the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the 35 and over crowd” as many Apple iPhone owners switch to the iWatch for regular wear. For the Millennials, the Apple Watch will likely be their First Watch, as these 13-to-30 year olds largely do not wear Watches, noticing the time of day with their iPhones.

Apple Watch’s success is directly related to the percentage of Apple iPhone Users desire the added convenience of the Apple Watch. Keep in mind, Apple product owners have demonstrated, they are willing to pay the Premium Price for Apple’s superior products.

Pre-Orders for the Apple Watch begin April 10 in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom. The Apple Watch will be available for preview, and try-on by appointment, at Apple’s retail stores, and available for preorder through the Apple Online Store.

Retail Store Sales for the Apple Watch begin on April 24. The Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom.

Extensive Apple owner surveys tell us, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 owners, about 220 million strong, about 10% to 15% are definitely interested in the Apple Watch within 90 days of its release. Those Surveyed as “definitely interested” in buying an Apple Watch in 90 days, translates into an Apple Watch sale, the simple math projects about 22 million to 33 million Apple Watch sales may result in the 12 month period from April 24, 2015.

 This Link takes directly to the Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/watch/

Apple Watch Magic. The AppleWatch pairs with your iPhone, so when messages, calls, texts, emails, tweets, FB posts, and calendar appointment reminders come to you, you will not have to dig in your purse, pocket or briefcase, for your iPhone. With the iWatch you simply rotate your wrist 30 degrees into your view, to glance at who’s attempting to communicating with you.

Apple Watch’s Simple gestures permits you to communicate, or take the phone call, if the call will likely be extended, now you know its worth the effort to get your iPhone in hand, and talk from it, the call being seamlessly captured by your iPhone.

Apple Watch App. The airline industry is delivering your Boarding Pass to your iWatch too. Fumbling for the iPhone or paper boarding passes to get through AirPort Security now becomes obsolete with Apple Watch. Same for Hotels, thousands are changing their room-lock-electronics to accept your iWatch to unlock your Hotel-Room, no more metal keys, the end of swiping plastic-coaded cards. The list goes on and on with Apple Watch.

 To view the Apple Media Event that was broadcasted at 1:00pm Eastern on March 9th, 2015 below is a convenient LINK for this very interesting and informative Apple Products Show.

http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/

 Notice the slides of the most recent, the 21st Apple retail store in China. Apple will be adding another 19 retail stores in china this year.

Apple opened its first retail store in Beijing China in 2008. The country has quickly become one of Apple’s most important retail markets, thanks to a growing middle class eager to own the company’s high-end iPhone smartphones, iPads and Mac Book computers. Recently reported China represents 20% of Apple retail sales globally, and Apple has earned a 25% market-share in SmartPhone sales.

Apple Orchestrates its worldwide Magazine Publicity debut of the Apple Watch. These efforts continue this week on the Cover of STYLE, a fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. The cover image of Style’s Big Spring Issue for March, 2015 features model Guinevere Van Seenus wearing an Apple Watch and is accompanied by an additional two full-page spread inside the magazine that provides further details about the wrist-worn Apple Watch, including interesting hints about the pricing of the space gray models. Notice our list below of extensive guesstimates for all three tiers of the Apple Watch.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may signal that the Apple Watch may be released sooner than later, perhaps earlier in April, say April 3rd, April’s first FRIDAY, perhaps the last portion of Match. You may recall we reported last year that Apple was “a month ahead of schedule in the Apple Watch development timeline“. Apple’s Spring Forward media event may signal that the Apple Watch may be available for on-line purchase, perhaps as early as mid-Match.

iF Announced at its International Forum Awards Gala in Munich, Apple Watch wins the coveted IF Gold Award for 2015. Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF entry Label, only a few win the gold award for excellence in several categories.

 The Apple Watch competed with over 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award segment that covers a number of commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products.

 The IF Award Jury noted: “The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

 While Apple has discussed Apple Watch design and keystone features at length, the company has not yet presented the full hardware specifications and pricing details, likely to be heard at Apple’s March 9 Media Event. In a recent report, analyst Gene Munster estimated mid-tier Apple Watch models will retail for $499 to $599, depending on customization options, while the high-end Apple Watch Edition could sell for $4,999.

Apple Watch Tier Graphic. Notice the graphic below where we have estimated the average spelling prices, APS, for the Apple Watch. Most of those reporting on this topic are in general agreement on the ASP price range for the Sports Watch ($350 to $400) and the Apple Watch, the middle tier’s ASP ($500 to $900) depending on the band.

Among Reporters, there is little consensus for the pricing on the Apple Watch Edition, the 18k Gold Apple Watch. The ASP estimates range from $2500 to $10,000. Of course these figures vary largely based on the assumed amount of Gold that is incorporated in the Apple Watch gold case. Our estimate is, there may be 37.5gm of 24k Gold, then combined with 12.5gm of other elements to formulate 50gm of 18k Yellow or Rose colored Gold.

24k Gold Bars trading today at $1200 per troy ounce, lets compute the ASP, average selling price, of the Apple Watch Edition
⌚️ GOLD $1450 of gold metal in the watch case; add to this
⌚️ S1 Watch Chip $200 Apple’s S1 electronics-watch-chip and battery
⌚️ Watch Bands $550 for watch bands and bracelets,
⌚️ $2,200 Total Cost direct costs for the Edition Watch
⌚️ $1,800 Operating expense Corporate expense allocation per unit
⌚️ $3,000 Profit component per unit assume reasonable margin
⌚️ $7,000 Average Selling Price yielding about a 43% profit margin, relatively Low-Level Margin for a premium Jewelry product.
⌚️ $6,500 Average Selling Price Note, if there is only One Troy ounce of Gold, rather than the 37.5gm of Gold, then the Edition Watch Gold may sell for $6,500.

Apple Watch S1 Computer Module. Apple’s ability to surround their (New) products, like the Apple Watch, with connectivity and its ecosystem, this Article provides some insight on the S1’s operation, plus several X-Ray views of the “Heart” of the iWatch.

Apple Watch’s brains and heart is located in its S1 Module, a “Computer Package” housed within a unique sealed Module. The S1 represents a new level of micro-miniaturization, packaging literally Billions of electronic components and sensors into a single semiconductor module, hermitically sealed in resin.

Apple S1 System in Package, SiP, processor, memory, wireless connectivity transceivers, sensors packaged into a single, resin-sealed package. The S1 package contains an Apple customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.

Apple Watch S1 Package is filled and sealed with resin to prevent any moisture intrusion and for structural durability. Very little is known about the S1, however, Chipworks (an enterprise specializing in patent and technology reverse engineering and support) believes that it has identified the Processors, the WiFi, and Bluetooth transmitters-receivers, the medium sized processor in the center at the top of the images.

 Since wristwatches were invented in the 19th century, people have been glancing at them to check the time. With Apple Watch, this simple, reflexive act allows you to learn so much more. We optimized your favorite apps for the wrist by developing Glances — scannable summaries of the information you seek out most frequently. To see them, you simply swipe up from your watch face. In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You can quickly swipe through different Glances, or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

 S1 Chip. Massive constraints have a way of inspiring interesting, creative solutions. A prime example is the custom-designed chip at the heart of Apple Watch. No traditional computer architecture could fit within such a confined space. So we found a way to integrate many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, which is then completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics from the elements, impact, and wear. Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturization

 Because it’s connected to your iPhone, Apple Watch can present time in a more personal way. One that’s based around your life and schedule. You’ll receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. So you can answer or dismiss them instantly. And since Apple Watch sits on your wrist, your alerts aren’t just immediate. They’re intimate. With a gentle tap, notifications subtly let you know when and where your next meeting starts, what current traffic conditions are like, even when to leave so you’ll arrive on time. At any point, you can simply swipe down to Notification Center to view what you may have missed.

 Apple Watch Notifications. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist. Whenever you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.

 The wrist is a convenient area for collecting data about your physical activity, a task Apple Watch is designed to perform throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses1 protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from simply standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, suggest customized goals, and reward you for reaching personal fitness milestones.

 As familiar as wearing a watch is, charging one is something new. So we decided to make it utterly effortless. In fact, our goal was to make Apple Watch easy to charge in the dark. Without looking. While being only partially awake. We arrived at a solution that combines our MagSafe technology with inductive charging. It’s a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts. And it’s very forgiving, requiring no precise alignment. You simply hold the connector near the back of the watch, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will describe how to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Apple’s team will describe the iWatch Configuration App, housed in your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3. The App delivers a unique Pathway App, to transfer your iWatch configuration seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apple is the Master of Marketing, the Company has proven this repeatedly dating back to January, 2007 with its introduction of the original iPhone. Besides, the event being named “Spring Forward” the event is the very next day when we all advanced our “Watches one hour Forward” for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in North America.

Apple’s Spring Forward theme was recited in Apple’s formal invitation was sent Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 to the global Media community. Apple will present many details about how the iWatch will benefit its users. The presentation will likely show Apple’s new Companion Apple Configuration App, that makes it super-simple to set up the your Apple Watch, directly from your iPhone, plus topics were not fully covered at its initial announcement 5 months ago, following its mid-September Announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s Spring Forward Preparation. If you’d like a “warm up exercise” in preparation of the Apple Watch media event, the link directly below this graphic, is a Video Clip of the Apple Announcement of the iWatch last September.

Apple first introduced the Apple Watch September, 2014, Apple delivered to us a “high-level” comprehensive overview at what the product will be able to do to improve our lives. We remain uninformed about many other specifics like battery life, pricing for the high-end and the other two-tiers of models.

 This link will take you directly to Apple’s iWatch presentation that was delivered around the world September, 2014… it is definitely worth it to take a look:

⌚️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU

http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/smartphone-os-market-share/

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may also Announce other New Products, for example the iPad Pro, a large display 12.9″ iPad with enhanced specifications, Speed, RAM, etc., that has been rumored for several years. Perhaps Apple may announce a new version of its Apple TV, which is years overdue for revision. My understanding, there are over 20 million Apple TV boxes in circulation.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will undoubtedly describe how we will be able to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Plus Apple will describe the iWatch Configuration App, loaded into your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3, that delivers a unique Pathway App {transferring information and configurations from your iPhone directly to your iWatch} utilizing a menu-driven system to Transfer all your Watch Settings and Notifications seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apples March 9th Media Event will provide Live-Streaming Video Broadcast World Wide to all Apple folks or anyone that has a Safari browser on their PC computer systems, plus all iPhones and iPads, the simple hardware-software criteria that Apple has used for us to qualify for the Live-Streaming Broadcasts. Having watched a number of Apple’s Live Streamed broadcasts, they are very professionally produced and scripted. In My Humble Opinion, Apple will open its Live-Streaming Media Event to hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, MAC and PC users, many of which are iWatch interested.

Apple’s Live Streaming : Spring Forward Media Event. The Link below will be activated about 30 minutes before the Live-Streaming Presentation is broadcasted everywhere at 1:00pm Eastern, Monday March 9, 2015. Note, If you click onto the Link before March 9th, it will likely not have been activated until “Game Day.”.

http://Apple.com/live

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. The Video Link below takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announced the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces this new innovative and reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple weeks ago commenced production of 6 Million Apple Watch Units representing its Initial Quarterly Order.

 Apple projects internally sales of 24 million iWatches in the first fiscal-year of sales beginning April, 2015, as stated in news reports, which Apple has not confirmed. Several other analysts project 36 million Apple Watches and more, in the first fiscal-year of sales.

Apple in my opinion, is likely not in a hurry for an early April release date, as Apple surely wants to “iron out all the wrinkles” associated with a new-product release; however, maintain an “April Release” as published. Also when considering the Apple Watch release date, towards the end of April, Apple holds its Quarterly Financial report at 5pm following the 4pm public filing of Apple’s 2015 Q2.

Apple Watch is the only NEW product-release, since the unveiling of the iPad at a Press-Event held January 27, 2010 and subsequently released on April 30, 2010 with built-in Cellular+WiFi connectivity, two weeks earlier the WiFi iPad was available to the public.

CEO, Tim Cook surely desires to hold the Apple Watch high in the air, with all of the software, hardware, App, and iOS system issues rendered as glitch-free as possible. If Apple needs a week or more to polish the edges, the Apple Watch may be released to the Public towards the end of April, like on Friday 24th.

Apple Watch early adopters, the Apple Loyalists, must be Impressed with this unique Wearable iWatch, its Easy set-up, Ease of use, Battery life, Connectivity to everything iPhone/iPad. If accomplished, the major issues the media-critics have been whining about, mostly focused on its battery life, should be silenced early on.

Emergence of early issues may severely hamper accelerated adoption by the folks; Except, yours truly as I’ll be literally on line early morning, at Apple’s Retail Store at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Presently I’m focusing on the Apple Watch mid-tier model, the Dark Stainless Steel Bracelet or the Milanese Loop

Unless you’ve just returned from a extended vacation on planet SATURN, you may know the Apple Watch is coming very soon. iWatch is scheduled to be released in April, 2015. April 3rd, is the earliest Friday in April, only 36 days from today, February 26th. Many have asked us, will there be a Pre-Release Media event, (say Tuesday March 24th) 9 days before THE Release of iWatch Inventory to Apple’s retail stores? News reports have been accelerating as the release date becomes closer to realty. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomfield and other journalists, have been discussed the new Apple Watch line-up.

Uncommon with a NEW Apple product release are the hoards of media-critics, claiming the uselessness of this new product. The Apple Watch is a unique New Product, as compared to a new Iteration of an existing product, like iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.

Historically, the Original iPhone was announced at Apple’s Maxworld Expo held January 9, 2007 annual event the media soon after slammed Apple for getting into a venue (cellular phones) it knew absolutely nothing about, considering there was already a very crowded field of experienced Mobile Phones makers.

 The Same choir of critics reported that Apple’s NEW iPad was “nothing new and if Apple’s lucky, maybe 6 million units would be sold” in its first year. Since the initial iPhone in 2007 there have been over a Billion iOS devices sold and in circulation, half of which are iPhones, Apple selling into a very crowded field of smartphone makers.

Recent articles discussing Apple’s iWatch endeavor has given me motivation to take harder look towards generating some reasonable expectations that we formulated for the three-tiered AppleWatch lineup; We’re assuming Apple will fabricate and sell 24 million iWatches for the initial 12 month sales period, plus Apple’s disclosure of the $350 Sports Watch entry-price point.

All the statistics have been projected by us internally, with no knowledge of what Apple has actually projected. Several facts have been released to the public that we’ve used in our presentation: (1) there will be a 3-tiered iWatch model lineup, (2) the Sports Watch will retail for $350, and (3) all else is our conjecture.

Apple Watch Economic Model. The statistical-chart below displays what we believe are “realistic” sales goals, perhaps conservatively, with price-traunches for the three tiered line-up, Sports, Apple Watch, Apple Edition, metaled Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, and 18k Gold respectively.

iWatch [Gold] Edition is the top-tier version of the AppleWatch. Its been estimated that the Edition Apple Watch may retail for an estimated $4500. Sounds like a lot of money. Although Apple chose to leave the word “Gold” out of the Top Tier Title, Apple Edition, gold is in fact the watch-body metal; Note, presently Gold’s raw-material cost is hovering around $1200 per troy ounce, gold watches are “pricey” regardless of who designs and makes them, irrespective of the internal electronics package or electro-mechanical movement.

Apply is now Buying massive quantities of 24k Gold bullion, but that’s just the beginning. Roughly 14.46 Million troy ounces of 24k Gold bullion that are purchased by Apple per year (assuming our guesstimates are close) must be Certified by Apple Metallurgists when delivered, for elemental AU Purity and Weight. These two steps are very complex and require significant Oversight by agents of the bullion-supplier and Apple. Dealing with the payments and receipts of $18 Billion as Apple pays for the gold bullion is quite complex.

Post Certification of Millions of Pounds of Gold Bullion, it passes to the secure Fabrication Plant, carefully measured batches of the Bullion are heated to 2,000ºF in special Gold Furnaces, then Apple Metallurgists mix the molten gold with other specially purified metal ingredients resulting in several unique specialty 18k Gold formulations, then poured into Apple Watch cast-forms, cooled, then the iWatch Gold-Blanks are removed from the forms and inspected, those that pass through quality control are machined and polished, for further assembly. The gold-blanks that are rejected, and foundry castings are not 100%, go back to the Furnaces to be repoured.

This scenario is highly simplified, but gives you a notion of the complexity of the process. As about $18 Billion of gold bullion is involved, significant added costs are incurred for Plant Security, armed security guards, “security watching the valuables and each other, throughout all these processes.

Apple is processing this gold presently in effort for their April 2015 release to their retail stores for sale. Apple is also presently installing into the Common Carriers, Apple Distribution Centers, and Apple Retail Stores, specially designed VAULTS and ALARM Systems to protect the Apple Watch Boxed Inventory.

Apple Watch Edition, Lets take the iWatch apart piece-by-piece, financially speaking. Let’s assume that the Edition Watch may contain 37.5gm of 24k Gold and the Apple Watch electronics module is the same module used universally with all three of the AppleWatch tiers.

Apple Watch Financial Array. The bullet-points below display the cost analysis for the Apple Watch [gold] Edition, all Edition iWatches are gold cased watches.

Current Spot-Gold price. Assuming the iWatch pure-gold content is 37.5gm of gold watch-case (our guesstimate) when formulated to 18k gold metal-alloy. If Apple’s Gold Alloy procedure starts with 37.5gm of 24k Gold, as 24k gold metal is fabricated into 18k Gold by adding presumably precise amounts of Silver, Copper and Zinc, therefore watch-case (without internals) would then weigh 50gm, due to the additional 12.5gm of Apple’s unique mix of metals, blended in its Alloy-Furnaces. FYI, currently (as of 2/27/2015) spot-gold is hovering between $1204 to $1219 per troy ounce. Recall the under-side of the iWatch is stainless-steel which seals the watch-cased Computer module, Lithium Polymer battery, and houses 4 biometric sensor components.

Apple with its team of the best Metallurgists on the planet, have developed several unique 18k Gold formulations that delivers 18k Gold Alloys with custom Colors offering greater Gold hardness and durability unique to Apple. Typically 18k Gold is “softer” making it more prone to scratching and scuffing, showing greater signs of wear, than with traditional 14k Gold alloy formulations.

The Most Common 18k Gold Colors and Formulations are Displayed in this article with graphics and charts showing. The common alloys of elemental Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc in various levels of concentrations. Notice in the 12 Gold Colors Chart, Yellow Gold contains Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc with Gold representing 75% of the Alloy. To produce Rose colored Gold, the formulation contains only three elements: Gold, Silver, and Copper, removing Zinc. It will be very interesting to know the precise Formulation of Elements Apple’s team of metallurgists have chosen to create its unique Colors and Hardness, never seen before in the Gold Industry.

Apple is Reinventing the Watch. One should not be surprised that when Apple committed to a Watch-Wearable product, again Apple is REINVENTING the business of Gold Wearable Watches. From the images that Apple has displayed, and as presented in this article, Apple has created several striking 18k Gold Colors never seen in the industry. My bet is the brilliance of the gold colors is not simply a photoshop magic act, their unique Gold colors will be even more striking up close and personal, when the buying public visualized the Apple Watch in their Retail Stores.

As a reference, a typical ROLEX watch and bracelet uses 150gm of Gold; however, the gold is contained in the base Watch plus its hefty Bracelet. The Rolex bracelet accounts for a significant portion of the total gold metal package.

Apple Watch Computer module $200, the same module in all Apple Watches
Apple Watch Edition’s gold uses 37.5gm 24k Gold valued at $1500 for an 18k Gold formulation, presently spot-gold is $1205/gm [math: (37.5/31.1) x $1205 = $1500 the cost of the gold component]
Apple Watch Form, Jewlers add “Form” value to the price of its jewelry creations, say $2300
Apple Edition Band, say $500
Apple Watch Edition retail price = $4500 (math: $200 + $1500 + $150 + $2300 + $500)

Specifically, people in the supply-line familiar with this topic claim Apple has commenced production of about 6 million Apple Watches many weeks ago, for the iWatch’s first quarterly production-run; just over half of the production is earmarked for the Sport model, with a third of the production-run allocated for the middle-segment stainless-steel Apple Watch, with the balance is the Top-Tier Edition production, about 10% for the Apple Watch [Gold] Edition models.

Apple Watch Edition impact on Global Gold Supply. One more thing, lets have some fun in determining what Apple Watch Edition sales may have on the World’s supply for gold. Here are some givens to consider
 Apple Watch facts and conversion factors: there are 31.1gm in 1.00 Troy Ounce, there are 32,150.75 Troy ounces in one Metric Ton, Global production of Gold is 2500 Metric Tons annually, spot-gold price currently hovering around $1205 per troy ounce
 Apple is currently produce 500,000 gold Edition Apple Watch units as its initial quarterly production-run
 Apple Watch Edition ramps up production to 1 million Apple Watch units monthly [or more] as demand dictates
 Apple Watch Edition requires 37.5gm of pure 24k Gold for each iWatch, guesstimated
 Apple Watch Edition utilized 1.2058 Troy ounces of Gold per Apple Watch Edition, extrapolation of a guesstimate
 Apple Watch Edition will consume 14,469,453 troy ounces of Gold in its First fiscal Year of production, equating to 450 Metric Tons of 24k Gold/Yr, which equates to over 5x Rolex’s current Gold consumption
 Apple will Buy $18.086 Billion per Year for 24k Gold Bullion to built its Gold Edition Watches, base on current assumptions and spot-gold prices
 Apple Edition Watch Gold will place a New Demand for 20% of the total annual global Gold production
 Reference #1. Rolex sells $4.7 billion in gold watches yearly, from an estimated 600,000 Rolex watch sales. Rolex watches average 150gm or 4.82 troy ounces of Gold per watch, equating to 2.894 million troy ounces, or 90 Metric Tons Gold/annually
 Reference #2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York stores on average 7,000 metric tons of Gold Bullion in its Manhattan vault.

 By Mid-April, 2015, we are expecting over 50,000 Apple Watch Apps on the AppStore. Currently, for an average iPhone user there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We currently have 418 Apps on my iPhone 6 Plus and 300 Apps on Marilyn’s iPhone 6 Plus. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch may have 75 Apps per Apple Watch. There may likely be no single killer app for Apple Watch when the iWatch is released (other than the iWatch Configuration App) as each user will have their “own set of Killer Apps.” One way to look at this new “Wearable” is that the consumer is getting 75 different devices housed in one Apple Watch. Several Analysts are projecting that Apple may sell over 40 million Apple Watches in 1st the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.

Many of the Apple Watch details are still unconfirmed, typical for Apple product releases, most notably the three-tired segment pricing, Apple Watch may be the revenue growth driver Apple needs for this April-Quarter, typically a relatively modest earnings period.

Apple’s Sports Watch is configured with an satin Aluminum case with a variety of elastomer sports water resistant bands. The Apple Watch is housed in highly polished hardened Stainless Steel with two colors, with a number of elegant bracelets. For the fashion minded, the Apple Watch Edition is encased in a highly polished and hardened Gold case accompanied with appealing bracelets. If our guesstimates are correct, this new Wearable product-line may have significant implications for year-over-year revenue growth at the company.

If the last eight quarterly financial reports are an indication, Apple may benefit handsomely with this mid-year revenue accelerator. The first fiscal-quarter (Apple’s fourth calendar quarter) is where Apple has really outperformed, growing revenue nearly 30% year-over-year.

Led by the newest iterations of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, most notably Apple smashed all expectations and accordingly propelled the $AAPL stock to all-time highs, with no end in sight. Not to mention that many of the largest Investment Banking firms’ analysts increasing the Target Pricing to $150/share and seemingly other analysts concurring with increased share target pricing.

Apple’s mid-year quarterly performance are generally less impressive then Apple’s first quarter results. And while it is important to note that 5% to 6% year-over-year growth is still amazing for a huge company pushing nearly $200 billion in revenues, with an Apple Watch earnings injection during the seasonally slower quarters should be an additional catalyst for Apple’s stock trading prices.

As you may know, one of the Apple “low” growth quarters is the third fiscal quarter, that typically starts April 1st. With an iWatch April release date expected, the Apple Watch may be most felt during this quarter. Assuming forecasts are close to reality, Apple generally errs on the conservative side with their projections. The Apple Watch may add roughly 16.8% growth to the quarter year-over-year, considering all other product sales factors constant. However, being rather bullish on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these “slower” seasonal quarters may be “not so slow” as usually expected by the “talking heads.”

The Big Question: Which Watch is for You? With the start of the New Year the specialty Watch Makers like Montblanc, Longines, Baume & Mercier, and others announce and display their new creations to the public.

Watches – Which is Best for You Comparing a robust “mans” chronograph with a modern gold iWatch with a red-band is eye catching, the primary purpose. However, when one acquires Mechanical-Chronographs with Complications in its Face, other than the watch-band, your use and visuals are Fixed. With iWatch other than your choice of the Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum alloy case, all else may be changed including the bands.

With the iWatch, Fixed only applies to your choice of how tall the watch body is, either 38mm or 42mm, and your choice of metal, Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum… all else you may change. The Watch Face may look anyway you desire, with Complications or not, thousands of possibilities, that you may change anytime. Directly under iWatch’s highly polished scratch-proof Sapphire Crystal, is a brilliant OLEM retina touch-display.

iWatch Face may display whatever information you desire, Day, Date, Graphics, Animations, iMessages, eMail, Weather, your next Calendar event, an incoming Call or Text, the position of Planet Earth in its solar system, your Heart rate, your Friend’s Heart Rate, anything or everything you desire, including the local Time. Want the Second-Hand on an analog face, turn it on or off. Want Digital or Analog time display, Want the Day/Date, turn these on or off, as you desire. Bands and Materials may be easily changed, choose from Leather bands, Stainless, Links, Sports elastomer Bands, however your use and venue dictates. Have a sports band for daily use, and have a elegant band for evening wear. You may easily change the iWatch Band, with no tools whatsoever.

iWatch Graphics. These two graphics shows the 42mm and 38mm iWatch faces and an overlay. The 38mm iWatch face graphic has an Overlay (the blue left and bottom edges) highlighting the 42mm iWatch face to show the size comparisons.

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. After completing the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook mentioned just “One more thing…” a famous Steve Jobs saying, and went on to Announce the Apple Watch. This Video Link takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announces the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces a new innovative reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple Watch certainly is not intended for everyone, neither is the Montblanc, a more limited audience for sure. Lets face it, “old fashioned electro-mechanical” wrist watches have an appeal to more mature affluent audiences, while possess “retro attraction” to the yuppie millennials. However, these classic mechanicals may be 42mm in diameter by 12mm, fragile, relatively expensive, and many amazingly keep terrible time. The iWatch has a 42mm face that rests 12mm on your wrist, and a second iWatch model of 38mm.

Apple Watch embodies many interesting aspects, as under its highly polished Sapphire Crystal is a brilliant OLED very high resolution “retina” touch-screen, that may Display hundreds of possible iWatch Faces. I’m imagining that the iWatch face is a rounded-rectangular shape so that the four-corners may house miniature Informative-Icons, or other Graphic Signals, or not.

Apple Watch’s Display is Strategic, meaning that with careful software graphics capabilities, one may design a “Perpetual Calendar Chronograph” digital iWatch face with unlimited complications, being mindful not to make it too confusing. On the other hand, one may choose an uncluttered iWatch face, or something in between, all user selectable.

🍎⌚️ Apple Engineers Completing iWatch Software. Apple has ceded the 4th beta of its iOS8.2 software today, largely dealing with the iWatch interface and its connectivity with iPhones. Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s complex iOS operating system software.

🍎⌚️ Sources familiar with iWatch development say the Apple Watch is currently ahead of schedule and on track to ship in the United States in March according to 9to5MAC, who has a very good track record and sources, in predicting product releases. Apple previously stated that the wearable product will ship in “early 2015” certainly not a very precise phrase.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch engineers have been “polishing up” the iWatch iOS operating system and putting the device’s Battery through very extensive testing. Apple engineers have also been “working overtime to improve the inductive charging system necessary for “contact-less” charging-up the device’s internal Lithium Polymer, LiON battery each night.” Tim Cook stated during an October 2014 press event that: “We think you’re going to end up charging the Apple Watch daily. Overnight, that’s what we think.”

iWatch Show-Floor DemoThis link shows an on-floor Apple-Show 5 minute raw employee-demo of the use and settings of the iWatch: http://youtu.be/rwv-3wZocK4.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey. Notice the Graph above drawn from the statistics from a recent extensive survey (conducted by finance company Credit Suisse) of current iPhone owners approximately
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Buy iWatch
⌚️ 10% of iPhone Owners will Probably Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will May Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will Probably Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 100% of iPhone Owners that are Considering the Purchase of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation Assumptions . Lets extrapolate these statistics further. For the 10% of those stating they will Probably Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy, lets estimate that if 1000 people in the Apple Store stated they Probably will buy, lets say 500 of the 1000, about 1/2 of this group, will actually buy the iWatch; Similarly, For the 27% of those stating they will May Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy; lets estimate that if 2700 people in the Apple Store stated they are Maybe Buyers, lets say 700 of the 2700, about 1/4th of this group will actually buy the iWatch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation. Using the logic and assumptions above, lets restate three of the above groups of Likely Buyers, Probable Buyers, and Maybe Buyers, into a Single grouping of what we’ll call “Very Likely” Buyers
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Definitely Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 5% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Probably Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 7% of iPhone Owners that stated they May Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 30% of iPhone Owners therefore are “Very Likely” Buyers of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ Your Wait for Apple Watch may be over… sooner than you may have thought. According to news reports, Apple Watch iOS version software has been finalized. Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Apple Watch wearable device is on track for a March 2015 release timeframe, although no specific date is available. These news reports trim the previous timeline quite a bit. Fairly soon you may see long lines forming outside at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. I witnessed the unruly lines at 2am outside Apple’s Boca Raton store for the iPhone 6 Friday morning release, September 19, 2014.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch wearable device is on track for March, 2015 release, although no more detail on a specific release date is currently known. These news reports trim the timeline, and provide more precision on the iWatch release, then you’ll see the long lines forming at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. Prior to this News, Apple stated an imprecise phrase “Early 2015” as the iWatch release schedule. Another Senior Corporate spokesperson was even more vague stating a “Spring 2015” iWatch release schedule. Take a moment to view these beautifully produced Apple Watch videos.

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production will begin this month, January, 2015, whereas the iWatch was once scheduled to be rolling off Apple contracted lines in February.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production Orders. Apple has reportedly ordered 24 million iWatches from their contracted supplier, Quanta. In response to this relatively strong initial production order, Quanta has increased its workforce five-fold, increasing it from 2,000 workers to 10,000 workers. It’s expected that Quanta will then double again its workforce to 20,000 as the Apple Watch develops its sales momentum as 2015 progresses.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million unit Initial Production Order. One may consider a 24 million initial order seemingly aggressive; However, if recent polling is correct, 24 million iWatches may be on the mark or somewhat conservative. Current polling indicates that about 10% of iPhone users are actually “Very Likely” to buy the Apple Watch; Combine this 10% in the “Very Likely” Group, with an even larger group of iWatch iFolks, that say they are “Somewhat Likely” may increase the total “Likely Buyers Group” by another 5%. If predictive of actual demand, this trend will stress the supply-line for the 24 million iWatch initial production order.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Time will Tell, this high level of predictive demand may give the impression of production constraints, although, having the effect of keeping iWatch stocks flowing out of Apple retail stores, as fast as inventory arrives. Our guess, for the initial 12 months that iWatch is available, there may be some 30 million to 38 million iWatches sold.

🍎⌚️ Think about it. IMHO, Apple “pre Announced” the Apple Watch in September last year for multiple purposes
(🍎) Apple Defines this new product’s concepts early, rather than the rumor-mills and leaks
(🍎🍎) Provides sufficient time for the market-place, the iPhone folks to digest this entirely new product concepts
(🍎🍎🍎) Six months of assimilation, the iWatch pre-announcement to its formal release, gives everyone time to imagine having this unique Wearable, a marketing marvel by Apple.

🍎⌚️ History of 2007 iPhone. Recall Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs on stage during Apple’s annual Macworld conference, announced Apple’s very first iPhone. Starting off with the words “We’re gonna make some history today” Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs tricked the audience by claiming he was going to introduce three new products: an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone and an Internet communications device, knowing that all three components were built into Apple’s newly Announced iPhone.

🍎⌚️ First iPhone Announcement. Similarly, when the Original iPhone was Announced January 9, 2007, 6 months later its was Release on June 29, 2007. This 6 months duration gave the World, the Market, the Apple Analysts, and Clients an “assimilation” period to digest The New iPhone Concept.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/qe68rx The iWatch presentation given September, 2014 is presently being “assimilated” just as the iPhone was exactly 8 years Ago, January 9, 2007 at its announcement. Presently, Apple has sold more than 530,000,000 iPhones, and is expected to sell some 220,000,000 iPhones this year.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/cd48rx The First iPhone, 8 years ago (21m:15s into the Macworld Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs the iPhone is Reinvented).

🎬 http://tiny.cc/zx48rx. The First iPad was Reinvented on April 3, 2010. In sum there are over 750,000,000 iPhones and iPads in circulation, by year-end 1,000,000,000 iDevices enhancing peoples lives.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million Production Schedule. The News Reports do not specifically outline the reasons for Apple moving iWatch production up; However, there were vague references that “production yield issues” have been resolved. This could be referring to either the LiON Battery, Sapphire Crystal, the Touch Display, or a mix of the three. If the iWatch is as popular as we think it will be, Apple will need as much of a production head-start as they can.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Display. The centerpiece of the Apple Watch is an bright AMOLED display (newly designed for Apple) that is estimated to be more costly than traditional LCD screens Apple uses in its iPhones and iPads, which are not AMOLED displays. According to Taiwan’s Apple Daily, the alleged terms of the Quanta deal limit Quanta from partnering with any competing device makers building wearable electronics. This News Report aligns with earlier rumors suggesting that Quanta had secured “exclusive manufacturing rights” for the Apple Watch, although some reporters are suggesting that Foxconn and Inventec may “muscle their way” into the iWatches’ supply chain.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Associate Training. iWatch training courses will commence February 9th through February 16th. The core training will take place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and a satellite office in Austin, Texas. Direct training will be given to one or two representatives from each of the 263 USA Apple Stores. At the completion of the iWatch Training, the Store Associates are then tasked to return to their Apple store, to train the Store sales staff. Apple has currently 444 retail stores operating in 16 countries, including 263 in the USA, plus an online store available in 39 countries.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Training is said to commence in early February; however, the Apple Watch release date is set for March. According to news reports, those who completed Direct Corporate Headquarters training will thereafter be training their Home-Based Apple store staff. This follow-up training will occur in the days just before the Apple Watch release Event. Apparently since Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told the pre-release iWatch story at the announcement of the iPhone 6 in September, 2014, Apple is not concerned with pre-release leaks from its 30,000 retail store associates.

🍎⌚️ iWatch, Apple Watch is the most personal iDevice ever. Apple’s goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible, more relevant and ultimately more personal.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first Apple product to be worn.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple took a very unusual step in pre-announcing an entirely new Product Category BEFORE it was ready for release. Granted, Apple announces its iPhones, iPads, MacBooks before actual product release; however, for these MAC and iDevices, there was a 7 to 11 day period one waited for delivery of the New product released. In contrast Apple “Announced” the AppleWatch in late September, 2014 concurrently with its iPhone 6 announcement; however, Apple indicated then, that the iWatch would be Available in “early 2015.”

🍎⌚️ Apple will release iWatch in Early 2015. I can imagine Five vocabulary words for defining “when” in 2015 other than mentioning a chosen Calendar Quarter or a particular Month. Apple could have used these Four phrases: Beginning, Early, Middle, Late 2015. Late 2015 could mean November-December 2015, Middle could indicate May-June-July 2015.

🍎⌚️ What does “Early 2015″ tell us? Since Apple chose not to use a particular Month like January 2015, January likely not what Apple had in mind. However, “Early, 2015″ could mean either February, March, or April. Lets Add one more factor. Apple’s reports its financial results on a fiscal basis, where its 1st fiscal Quarter is defined as December 1st through February 28. Since the iPhone 6 is selling strongly, perhaps Apple desires the AppleWatch to make its Sales-Splash beginning in March of 2015 the start of Apple’s 2nd fiscal quarter.

🍎⌚️ Apple – One thing I have learned about Apple… “Apple does everything on purpose, with all aspects thoroughly thought out.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Driven culturally to deliver. Apple is proud and patient with all product releases by “getting it right” technology-wise, market-wise, and timing-wise, getting most of the bugs out before the public see it, and before its critics see it. Apple may also desire to give its stable of independent developers, some time for iWatch Application (App) Development. Apple may desire the “kick off” the iWatch in its 2nd fiscal quarter of 2015.

🍎⌚️ Apple prefers to release new products on Friday for a Three-Day, Friday-Saturday-Sunday “weekend” sales splash. Looking at our Calendar, February 27, 28, March 1st, is the first weekend containing a March date; however, March 6, 7 and 8 is the first all March Weekend.

🍎⌚️ Apple Factoid to Consider. Apple is somewhat constrained in the fabrication of the Sapphire Crystals used on the WATCH and its WATCH EDITION product lines (the Sports models have hardened glass crystals not sapphire), Apple may be scheduling the Apple Watch in March giving sufficient time to build up a reasonable inventory of all the iWatch models. Its illogical for Apple to create huge anticipation, and not have a reasonable inventory of iWatch models to satisfy its Loyal Following.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Release Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015, total conjecture though, as we have NO internal sources whatsoever.

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. The iPhone is mentioned in this article, as the adoption of the iWatch may follow the adoption-history of the iPhone. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, 30 years after Motorola literally “invented” their very popular, however, expensive Star•TAC 8500XL. I bought this Motorola “Brick” 30 years ago for $4200 in 1985, weighing in at 28oz. I retained it as a souvenir of the times, then the most portable cellular phone.

🍎⌚️ 30 Million to 38 Million iWatch customers may be “voting” with their Wallets in its first 12 months of availability. Lets see how we get to these numbers. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, it showed an adoption rate of 11 million iPhones in its 1st fiscal year (21 million in the 2nd fiscal year, 39 million in year 3, 72 million in year 4, 125 million units sold in the 5th year of the iPhone). Our guess is the adoption rate of the AppleWatch may follow the growth rate history of the iPhone, as both devices (iPhone and iWatch) were totally new Apple products.

🍎⌚️ iPhones are currently selling at 72 million units per quarter, capturing 51.3% of all global smartphone activations, 3 Times that of Samsung’s. With about 469 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then say 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales… this are our guesstimates.

🍎⌚️ AppleWatch Likely Buyers. A recent survey by Quartz (QZ.com) shows that about 14% of iPhone Owners who indicated that they are either Very Likely, Likely and Somewhat Likely to buy the new iWatch this year; however, some 86% are not interested in adopting for the iWatch in 2015. The Quartz Survey chart is displayed for your review. Lets use this 14% extrapolation.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s recent Annual Report, iPhone Sales represents about $101.9 Billion in iPhone Sales, for 169.2 Million iPhone unit sales, amounts to an average iPhone sales price of $602.72/unit. If in fact for the first 12 months of iWatch sales, 14% of iPhone owners buy the AppleWatch, then about 23 million iWatches may be purchased.

🍎⌚️ 469,000 iPhones reportedly are in Circulation, remove the 169 million iPhones sold last year, lets consider the remaining 300 million iPhone owners that purchased iPhones in years before 2014. Lets assume just 5% of those remaining iPhone owners buy the iWatch, this would add 15 million of possible iWatch buyers. Combine these two assumptions 23 million + 15 million = 38 million iWatch sales may occur in the first 12 months of AppleWatch sales.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s creation of the iPhone seven years ago, Apple literally reinvented the mobile cellular phone, into a very crowded market; However Apple literally changed the Mobile Phone into a “SmartPhone” weighing in at 6oz and sized at 0.46″x2.4″x4.5″ that continues to be improved and enhanced, today with their iPhone 6 sized at 0.27″x2.6″x5.4″ and 6 Plus sized at 0.28″x3.1″x6.2″.

🍎 Today, January 9th is the 8th Anniversary for the First iPhone. This was a great Day for Apple and an incredible Proud Day for Steve Jobs!

🍎 See the First Look at the iPhone, 8 years ago: <u http://tiny.cc/jsl7rx (21m:50s into the Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs as the very First iPhone is Announced).

🍎 iWatch 🍎 Apple Watch – Apple’s Entry into Electronic Wearables

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. 22 years after the Motorola 8500XL known as “the Brick”, Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, which was so much more than a mobile phone, literally a “smartphone” weighing in at 6oz and about 1/4″ thin, 2.5″x0.26″x4.0″ that Apple continues to enhanced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s critics reported that Apple has no business getting into the mature field of experienced mobile phone makers.

🍎⌚️ In 7 years Apple has delivered 500,000,000 premium priced iPhones, and are now selling iPhone 6 and 6+ at a pace well over 200,000,000 yearly. Not a typo, Apple is currently selling premium iPhones at a pace of 72 million units reportedly per calendar quarter with a profit margin over 30%. Its been also been reported that, based on actual cellular activations, iPhone 6 models were 51.3% of all global smartphone sales in December, 2014, outselling Samsung 3-to-1. Marilyn and I each own the iPhone 6 Plus and love them.

🍎⌚️ Tablets. Similarly, tablets were available several years before Apple reinvented it with the iPad in 2010. Apple carefully examined how Apple could develop such a device that folks would really want and use. Apple’s critics again reported that Apple was waisting their energies on tablets into such a mature tablet-marketplace, where Apple would be lucky of it could sell 5 million units in a good year.

🍎⌚️ The market place “voted” with their Wallets as iPads are selling at a clip 60 million units yearly with over 250 million in use today. Marilyn has the iPad mini, fits perfectly in here handbag, and I have the iPad Air 2, fits perfectly into my nifty DECODED black leather case.

🍎⌚️ 30,000,000 iWatch sales may “vote” their Wallets in 2015. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, they show an adoption rate of 11 million units in its 1st fiscal year (21 million 2nd fiscal year, 39 million 3rd year, 72 million 4th year, 125 million 5th year) compared to current iPhone sales of 72 million units per quarter. With about 450 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales, your guess thereafter…

🍎⌚️ Watch. Some Watch history. The watch which was developed in the 16th century (circa 1530) was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears which moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel. Most of the subsequent 500 year history of watches was devoted to refining the mechanical watch.

🍎⌚️ The Quartz Watch in the 1960s, which ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal, proved a radical departure for the industry. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches, an event referred to as the “quartz crisis”. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.

🍎⌚️ The origin of the word “Watch” is that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).

🍎⌚️ First watches were strictly mechanical, driven by spring-powered clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals, producing accurately timed electronic pulses. Some watches use radio-clock-technology to regularly correct the time. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970, the Pulsar LED.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple again, is reinventing the Watch, certainly entering a very mature field, dating back to the 16th century, 500 years ago and the “electronic” watch of 1970’s, some 50 years in the making. Apple’s entry into the “Watch” arena may be similar to its entry into Mobile Phones, when it made cell phones literally “Smart.” With the iWatch, Apple will be making the timekeeping wearable very “Smart” too.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple has created three venues for their Wearable: Apple Watch, Sports, and the Edition, each containing many designs, metals, and bands, generating thousands of possibilities to reach a huge audience, with no compromise with its core capability. Presently I am wearing a RADO for the past 10 years, loving it. However, with the release of the Apple Watch, I’m highly motivated towards the Apple Watch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone Connection. A significant capability of the iWatch is its connectivity with the iPhone. Think about it, all of the iPhone’s: rote Computing power, SIRI, sensors, GPS, Internet, WiFi, 3G, 4G, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, its Processor, Memory, its Apps are available to and from the iWatch. Literally thousands of developers are having a “field-day” imagining all the capability and connectivity between your iPhone, your iWatch, and everyone else’s iWatch and iPhone.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A simple example. Imaging the ladies that have an iPhone in their purse, or the guy with his iPhone in a briefcase, its ringer is off, to not disturb their surroundings. The iPhone receives an important telephone call. With the iPhone’s connectivity to the iWatch, the iWatch’s underside, sends a tympanic (“tap” or two) onto your wrist, notifying you of an incoming voice call, text, or upcoming calendar event…

🍎⌚️ Rotate your wrist a bit to glance at who’s calling you… To ignore the Call or Text, (lets say you are sitting at a conference table taking notes and participating with 12 others), simply cover your wrist with your other hand, which signals iWatch to ignore the Connection… or, answer the Call on the iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch you may answer the telephone call speak and listen through the iWatch’s internal miniature speaker and microphone… you may then transfer the call to your iPhone, as the call may be lengthly, knowing its worth the effort to retrieve the iPhone from your purse or briefcase. Alternatively, if you didn’t want to receive this call, you could send a text message to that caller from your AppleWatch, texting that: “I will return the call once you’re out of the meeting, I’m on my Way, I’ll call you in and hour….”

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone An ApplePay example. You are at Walgreens and want to pay for your personal supplies and Meds, instead of finding your Wallet and extracting a traditional Plastic Credit Card, or instead of finding your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, with its new ApplePay capability… just reach-out to position your iWatch close to the Walgreens cash-register’s NCF transceiver terminal, and your iWatch will communicate with your iPhone, and Walgreens Store… you can select the CC you desire and authorize payment, using the touch-display of your iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A Camera example. You have a terrific group shot to capture with your iPhone, you prop up the iPhone on the dining room table… to get in the shot you could let a stranger snap the shot for you, or you could, leave the iPhone on the dining room table, while you position yourself in the Shot, then LOOK at your APPLE WATCH, where you can actually see the image like looking into a “viewfinder” and then snap the shot or two, once everyone settles into a good pose. Once the image is captured you can see the result on the display of your AppleWatch. These examples do not even mention all the HEALTH capabilities.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. AppleWatch wearable is a Technology Marvel, making it possible to package microchips, sensors, graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, Firmware, Software, Apps… into one highly styled shock and water resistant wearable, that will “Tell a lot more than Time.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Heavily Invested with reInventing the Watch, which electronic watch industry has been tinkering with since the 1970’s.

🍎⌚️ Viewing Apple’s web-pages devoted to introducing the 2015 AppleWatch, you’ll get the message that Apple is deeply committed to having the masses add to their existing wearables, and encouraging others that don’t don wearables, may now do so.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

First Portion of this Article briefly highlights traditional high-value electro-mechanical time pieces, priced from $3,500 to over $50,000 followed by reporting on Apple’s unique contribution to the Watch arena, priced from $350 to several $Thousand. [Apple has not published their pricing as of this writing.]

Montblanc is now one of the most exciting brands under Richemont’s wide umbrella, thanks in no small part to Jerome Lambert’s leadership, the man who played a key role in making Jaeger-LeCoultre the powerhouse that it is today.

With SIHH 2015 Conference on January 19th, http://tiny.cc/r8wdsx, The SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE, where watch makers released details of there latest watch offerings, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, among others.

Montblanc’s Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes with a 41mm diameter case, available in 18k red gold (priced at $17,000) and stainless steel for the “wealthy wannabes” including polished bezel, with a horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The band-lug, which curve quite steeply, have the same satin treatment.

Montblanc’s Heritage Case thickness is 12mm, which is not thin, but entirely acceptable, as the mechanical movement was not developed from scratch, apparently the “movement” was purchased from a true watch maker’s previous invention. [Editorial remark: one would think for a $17k end product, Montblanc would design a unique watch movement for this release.]

Montblanc’s joining this first-rate array of watches for 2015 is the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarrum, featuring an in-house developed worldtime complication (more on this later). Worldtimers are not all that uncommon, but are notoriously tricky to get right. There is a lot of information to display, and if the designers and engineers are not careful, the dial can easily become way too busy, to be easily legible.

Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time, has done it right with one of the best examples of a well-designed worldtimer.

Watches worthy of mention are Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Worldtimer, Girard-Perregaux’s Traveller WW.TC And Moon Phase, which has chronograph functions to boot, (priced at $52,000) or (€44,000). [now that’s a bargain.] Like the Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar before it, this new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is also “very attractively priced” [not my words], in red gold, this watch will retail for $17,000 or (€14,400); and in stainless steel, the price is a very tempting $6,100 or (€5,175), [not really?]

☎️📞📡🍎 Marilyn and I will likely select iWatch styles, and take advantage of what seems to be an amazing step forward in personal wearable devices.

☎️📞📡🍎 Take a moment and watch several of Apple’s excellently produced videos at these locations.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/
🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

☎️📞📡🍎 Many Reasons for regular folks to take a hard look at the Apple Watch priced from $400 to thousands, depending on metal.

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes in a 41mm case – available in 18k red gold and stainless steel – with polished bezel and horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The lugs, which curve quite steeply, have the same treatment. Case thickness is around 12mm, which is a little on the thick side, but entirely acceptable, since the movement was not developed from scratch. At $17,000 what a bargain. NOT.

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$10,000 Apple Gold Watch – The Real Reason 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

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 And, You thought you knew why Apple’s gold Apple Watch Edition costs $10,000. During its Spring Forward event Match 9th, 2015, Apple led us to believe that the gold Apple Watch model’s price is so high, because of the value of the precious Gold in its case.

But this may not be, the “reality of the situation….”

 Apple has finally readied itself to explain exactly why its Gold, the Apple Watch Edition is so unbelievably priced. Accordingly, take a peek at this brief video explanation.

Have some FUN take a Peek…. ➡️ http://youtu.be/oL1xf_X0W2s

Have some FUN take a Peek…. ➡️ http://youtu.be/oL1xf_X0W2s

 HEADLINE – As 1.00% of iPhone Users Buy Watch, Generates $1.488 Billion Gross Profit 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

HEADLINE – Apple Watch Math. As 1.0% of iPhone Users BUY the Apple Watch, Apple Earns $1.488 Billion Gross Profit. Here is how we get there…

Apple hosted its Important Apple Watch Event March 9th, 2015. Apple Sprang Forward – WATCH Available April 24, PreOrder online April 10th.

Apple Watch is likely “the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the over 30 crowd” as many switch to the iWatch. For Millennials, Apple Watch may be their First Watch, as the 13 to 30 year olds don’t wear Watches, they tell time with iPhone.

Apple Watch is a Companion to Apple’s iPhone (not an iPhone replacement). Apple has now sold and delivered 700 Million iPhones world wide.

Apple Watch Sales Projection. We now know the pricing for the Three Tiers of Apple Watch Models and Bands. Accordingly, I’ve dusted off my trusty HP19BII Calculator. Below are our projections for the sales of the initial production of 6 million Apple Watches. We’ve projected 3.5 million Apple Sports Watches will be sold plus 2,000,000 mid-tier Apple Watches and 500,000 Apple Edition Watches, as the product sales-mix; of course our figures are not factual whatsoever.

➡️ http://youtu.be/oL1xf_X0W2s Take a Break for Some Crazy Humor !

Listen to Tim Cook calling into Jim Cramer’s MAD MONEY Show this Tuesday March 10, 2015, below is the direct Link:

➡️ http://player.theplatform.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&byGuid=3000361340&size=640_360#

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Sports Watch Tier. The largest number of sales will likely occur for the Sports Watch. The 38mm watch will sell for $350 and the 42mm watch will sell for $400, we will assume that the sales will occur evenly between these two Sports Watches, resulting in an ASP, Average Selling Price of $375.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Apple Watch Tier. The Apple Watch will sell at $550 for the lowest priced Apple Watch, leading to a top price of $1100 for the Stainless Steel Bracelet band, leading us to a Weighted ASP of $750.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Edition Watch Tier. The Apple Edition Watch will sell at $10,000 for the lowest priced Apple Edition Watch, leading to a top price of $18,000 for the 18k Gold with the Gold Buckle Band, leading us to a weighted ASP of $12,500. Weighting these top-tier luxury models is the most difficult to project, therefore we chose to be conservative with an Weighted estimate ASP of $12,500.

Apple Watch Weighted Average Selling Price for Three Tiers of Apple Watch unit sales. If these projection have merit, then the Sports Watch will sell to 3,500,000 customers for a total of $1.312 Billion in gross sales. The Apple Watch will sell to 2,000,000 customers for a total of $1.500 Billion in gross sales, and the Apple Edition (Gold) Watch will sell to 500,000 customers for a total of $6,250 Billion in gross sales. The weighted average selling price is skewed upwards, largely because of the 500,000 Gold Edition Watches that may sell for an average selling price of $12,500 each, therefore
 Overall ASP for all tiered Apple Watch models is $1,510.

Apple Watch Gross Sales and Profits projected. Using the resulting Gross sales figures above, all three Tiers will generate $9.062 Billion in sales for this new Apple Watch product. If Apple achieves say 45% profit margin, which is likely profit margin for a wearable product, then Apple’s Gross Profit may approach $4.078 Billion per Quarter, or $16.3 Billion Annually, or $1.36 Billion per Month. There are not many S&P 500 Companies that generate this profit level.

Apple Watch Gross Sales projections in Perspective. The 6,000,000 unit Sales of Apple Watch projected, is based on just 2.75% of the 218,181,000 customers (current number of iPhone 5 + iPhone 5S + 5C + iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus users) actually buy the Apple Watch sometime during the next 12 months from launch day, 24 April 2015.

Lets Play some Apple Watch Math Games. If the number of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 buyers increases by just 1.00%, then the Number of Apple Watch Sales increases by 2,181,800 unit sales, generating an additional Gross Profit of $1.488 Billion Quarterly, or about $5.931 Billion/year represented by 4.0% of the iPhone 5+ iPhone 6 users.

Apple Watch Math Games Summarized. Therefore for each 1% of iPhone Users that buy Apple Watch, about $6 Billion in annual Gross profit is added to Apple’s Financial Results. Similarly if 5% of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users buy Apple Watch, then Apple enjoys about $30 Billion in annual Gross Profits. It will be most interesting to look back at this Article (a year from now) in review of Apple’s actual Apple Watch 2016 annual results.

Apple critics screamed in January of 2007 “Apple is a Computer company and has no business getting into the crowded, experienced mobile-phone arena.” However, Apple methodically reinvented the smartphone, released it June, 2007 fortunately ignoring all their critics. iPhone sales soared to 74.5 million for the 90 day period ending 12/31/2014, and are projected to sell 225 million iPhones for Apple’s fiscal 2015.

Apple again was criticized, similarly in 2010, for entering the crowed, mature Tablet marketplace… good thing Apple ignored that advice, as it again reinvented the Tablet with its iPad, having delivering 225,000,000 units.

Apple iPhone/iPad sales combined total about 925,000,000 iPhones and iPads have been sold into a crowded, competitive, mature marketplace. Apple has also earned a 99% Customer Satisfaction rating, unheard of in this industry. Critics are similarly questioning the wisdom of the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch represents the 2015 moment in time, “likely the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the 35 and over crowd” as many Apple iPhone owners switch to the iWatch for regular wear. For the Millennials, the Apple Watch will likely be their First Watch, as these 13-to-30 year olds largely do not wear Watches, noticing the time of day with their iPhones.

Apple Watch’s success is directly related to the percentage of Apple iPhone Users desire the added convenience of the Apple Watch. Keep in mind, Apple product owners have demonstrated, they are willing to pay the Premium Price for Apple’s superior products.

Pre-Orders for the Apple Watch begin April 10 in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom. The Apple Watch will be available for preview, and try-on by appointment, at Apple’s retail stores, and available for preorder through the Apple Online Store.

Retail Store Sales for the Apple Watch begin on April 24. The Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom.

Extensive Apple owner surveys tell us, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 owners, about 220 million strong, about 10% to 15% are definitely interested in the Apple Watch within 90 days of its release. Those Surveyed as “definitely interested” in buying an Apple Watch in 90 days, translates into an Apple Watch sale, the simple math projects about 22 million to 33 million Apple Watch sales may result in the 12 month period from April 24, 2015.

 This Link takes directly to the Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/watch/

Apple Watch Magic. The AppleWatch pairs with your iPhone, so when messages, calls, texts, emails, tweets, FB posts, and calendar appointment reminders come to you, you will not have to dig in your purse, pocket or briefcase, for your iPhone. With the iWatch you simply rotate your wrist 30 degrees into your view, to glance at who’s attempting to communicating with you.

Apple Watch’s Simple gestures permits you to communicate, or take the phone call, if the call will likely be extended, now you know its worth the effort to get your iPhone in hand, and talk from it, the call being seamlessly captured by your iPhone.

Apple Watch App. The airline industry is delivering your Boarding Pass to your iWatch too. Fumbling for the iPhone or paper boarding passes to get through AirPort Security now becomes obsolete with Apple Watch. Same for Hotels, thousands are changing their room-lock-electronics to accept your iWatch to unlock your Hotel-Room, no more metal keys, the end of swiping plastic-coaded cards. The list goes on and on with Apple Watch.

 To view the Apple Media Event that was broadcasted at 1:00pm Eastern on March 9th, 2015 below is a convenient LINK for this very interesting and informative Apple Products Show.

http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/

 Notice the slides of the most recent, the 21st Apple retail store in China. Apple will be adding another 19 retail stores in china this year.

Apple opened its first retail store in Beijing China in 2008. The country has quickly become one of Apple’s most important retail markets, thanks to a growing middle class eager to own the company’s high-end iPhone smartphones, iPads and Mac Book computers. Recently reported China represents 20% of Apple retail sales globally, and Apple has earned a 25% market-share in SmartPhone sales.

Apple Orchestrates its worldwide Magazine Publicity debut of the Apple Watch. These efforts continue this week on the Cover of STYLE, a fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. The cover image of Style’s Big Spring Issue for March, 2015 features model Guinevere Van Seenus wearing an Apple Watch and is accompanied by an additional two full-page spread inside the magazine that provides further details about the wrist-worn Apple Watch, including interesting hints about the pricing of the space gray models. Notice our list below of extensive guesstimates for all three tiers of the Apple Watch.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may signal that the Apple Watch may be released sooner than later, perhaps earlier in April, say April 3rd, April’s first FRIDAY, perhaps the last portion of Match. You may recall we reported last year that Apple was “a month ahead of schedule in the Apple Watch development timeline“. Apple’s Spring Forward media event may signal that the Apple Watch may be available for on-line purchase, perhaps as early as mid-Match.

iF Announced at its International Forum Awards Gala in Munich, Apple Watch wins the coveted IF Gold Award for 2015. Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF entry Label, only a few win the gold award for excellence in several categories.

 The Apple Watch competed with over 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award segment that covers a number of commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products.

 The IF Award Jury noted: “The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

 While Apple has discussed Apple Watch design and keystone features at length, the company has not yet presented the full hardware specifications and pricing details, likely to be heard at Apple’s March 9 Media Event. In a recent report, analyst Gene Munster estimated mid-tier Apple Watch models will retail for $499 to $599, depending on customization options, while the high-end Apple Watch Edition could sell for $4,999.

Apple Watch Tier Graphic. Notice the graphic below where we have estimated the average spelling prices, APS, for the Apple Watch. Most of those reporting on this topic are in general agreement on the ASP price range for the Sports Watch ($350 to $400) and the Apple Watch, the middle tier’s ASP ($500 to $900) depending on the band.

Among Reporters, there is little consensus for the pricing on the Apple Watch Edition, the 18k Gold Apple Watch. The ASP estimates range from $2500 to $10,000. Of course these figures vary largely based on the assumed amount of Gold that is incorporated in the Apple Watch gold case. Our estimate is, there may be 37.5gm of 24k Gold, then combined with 12.5gm of other elements to formulate 50gm of 18k Yellow or Rose colored Gold.

24k Gold Bars trading today at $1200 per troy ounce, lets compute the ASP, average selling price, of the Apple Watch Edition
⌚️ GOLD $1450 of gold metal in the watch case; add to this
⌚️ S1 Watch Chip $200 Apple’s S1 electronics-watch-chip and battery
⌚️ Watch Bands $550 for watch bands and bracelets,
⌚️ $2,200 Total Cost direct costs for the Edition Watch
⌚️ $1,800 Operating expense Corporate expense allocation per unit
⌚️ $3,000 Profit component per unit assume reasonable margin
⌚️ $7,000 Average Selling Price yielding about a 43% profit margin, relatively Low-Level Margin for a premium Jewelry product.
⌚️ $6,500 Average Selling Price Note, if there is only One Troy ounce of Gold, rather than the 37.5gm of Gold, then the Edition Watch Gold may sell for $6,500.

Apple Watch S1 Computer Module. Apple’s ability to surround their (New) products, like the Apple Watch, with connectivity and its ecosystem, this Article provides some insight on the S1’s operation, plus several X-Ray views of the “Heart” of the iWatch.

Apple Watch’s brains and heart is located in its S1 Module, a “Computer Package” housed within a unique sealed Module. The S1 represents a new level of micro-miniaturization, packaging literally Billions of electronic components and sensors into a single semiconductor module, hermitically sealed in resin.

Apple S1 System in Package, SiP, processor, memory, wireless connectivity transceivers, sensors packaged into a single, resin-sealed package. The S1 package contains an Apple customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.

Apple Watch S1 Package is filled and sealed with resin to prevent any moisture intrusion and for structural durability. Very little is known about the S1, however, Chipworks (an enterprise specializing in patent and technology reverse engineering and support) believes that it has identified the Processors, the WiFi, and Bluetooth transmitters-receivers, the medium sized processor in the center at the top of the images.

 Since wristwatches were invented in the 19th century, people have been glancing at them to check the time. With Apple Watch, this simple, reflexive act allows you to learn so much more. We optimized your favorite apps for the wrist by developing Glances — scannable summaries of the information you seek out most frequently. To see them, you simply swipe up from your watch face. In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You can quickly swipe through different Glances, or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

 S1 Chip. Massive constraints have a way of inspiring interesting, creative solutions. A prime example is the custom-designed chip at the heart of Apple Watch. No traditional computer architecture could fit within such a confined space. So we found a way to integrate many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, which is then completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics from the elements, impact, and wear. Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturization

 Because it’s connected to your iPhone, Apple Watch can present time in a more personal way. One that’s based around your life and schedule. You’ll receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. So you can answer or dismiss them instantly. And since Apple Watch sits on your wrist, your alerts aren’t just immediate. They’re intimate. With a gentle tap, notifications subtly let you know when and where your next meeting starts, what current traffic conditions are like, even when to leave so you’ll arrive on time. At any point, you can simply swipe down to Notification Center to view what you may have missed.

 Apple Watch Notifications. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist. Whenever you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.

 The wrist is a convenient area for collecting data about your physical activity, a task Apple Watch is designed to perform throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses1 protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from simply standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, suggest customized goals, and reward you for reaching personal fitness milestones.

 As familiar as wearing a watch is, charging one is something new. So we decided to make it utterly effortless. In fact, our goal was to make Apple Watch easy to charge in the dark. Without looking. While being only partially awake. We arrived at a solution that combines our MagSafe technology with inductive charging. It’s a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts. And it’s very forgiving, requiring no precise alignment. You simply hold the connector near the back of the watch, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will describe how to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Apple’s team will describe the iWatch Configuration App, housed in your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3. The App delivers a unique Pathway App, to transfer your iWatch configuration seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apple is the Master of Marketing, the Company has proven this repeatedly dating back to January, 2007 with its introduction of the original iPhone. Besides, the event being named “Spring Forward” the event is the very next day when we all advanced our “Watches one hour Forward” for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in North America.

Apple’s Spring Forward theme was recited in Apple’s formal invitation was sent Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 to the global Media community. Apple will present many details about how the iWatch will benefit its users. The presentation will likely show Apple’s new Companion Apple Configuration App, that makes it super-simple to set up the your Apple Watch, directly from your iPhone, plus topics were not fully covered at its initial announcement 5 months ago, following its mid-September Announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s Spring Forward Preparation. If you’d like a “warm up exercise” in preparation of the Apple Watch media event, the link directly below this graphic, is a Video Clip of the Apple Announcement of the iWatch last September.

Apple first introduced the Apple Watch September, 2014, Apple delivered to us a “high-level” comprehensive overview at what the product will be able to do to improve our lives. We remain uninformed about many other specifics like battery life, pricing for the high-end and the other two-tiers of models.

 This link will take you directly to Apple’s iWatch presentation that was delivered around the world September, 2014… it is definitely worth it to take a look:

⌚️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU

http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/smartphone-os-market-share/

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may also Announce other New Products, for example the iPad Pro, a large display 12.9″ iPad with enhanced specifications, Speed, RAM, etc., that has been rumored for several years. Perhaps Apple may announce a new version of its Apple TV, which is years overdue for revision. My understanding, there are over 20 million Apple TV boxes in circulation.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will undoubtedly describe how we will be able to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Plus Apple will describe the iWatch Configuration App, loaded into your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3, that delivers a unique Pathway App {transferring information and configurations from your iPhone directly to your iWatch} utilizing a menu-driven system to Transfer all your Watch Settings and Notifications seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apples March 9th Media Event will provide Live-Streaming Video Broadcast World Wide to all Apple folks or anyone that has a Safari browser on their PC computer systems, plus all iPhones and iPads, the simple hardware-software criteria that Apple has used for us to qualify for the Live-Streaming Broadcasts. Having watched a number of Apple’s Live Streamed broadcasts, they are very professionally produced and scripted. In My Humble Opinion, Apple will open its Live-Streaming Media Event to hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, MAC and PC users, many of which are iWatch interested.

Apple’s Live Streaming : Spring Forward Media Event. The Link below will be activated about 30 minutes before the Live-Streaming Presentation is broadcasted everywhere at 1:00pm Eastern, Monday March 9, 2015. Note, If you click onto the Link before March 9th, it will likely not have been activated until “Game Day.”.

http://Apple.com/live

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. The Video Link below takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announced the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces this new innovative and reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple weeks ago commenced production of 6 Million Apple Watch Units representing its Initial Quarterly Order.

 Apple projects internally sales of 24 million iWatches in the first fiscal-year of sales beginning April, 2015, as stated in news reports, which Apple has not confirmed. Several other analysts project 36 million Apple Watches and more, in the first fiscal-year of sales.

Apple in my opinion, is likely not in a hurry for an early April release date, as Apple surely wants to “iron out all the wrinkles” associated with a new-product release; however, maintain an “April Release” as published. Also when considering the Apple Watch release date, towards the end of April, Apple holds its Quarterly Financial report at 5pm following the 4pm public filing of Apple’s 2015 Q2.

Apple Watch is the only NEW product-release, since the unveiling of the iPad at a Press-Event held January 27, 2010 and subsequently released on April 30, 2010 with built-in Cellular+WiFi connectivity, two weeks earlier the WiFi iPad was available to the public.

CEO, Tim Cook surely desires to hold the Apple Watch high in the air, with all of the software, hardware, App, and iOS system issues rendered as glitch-free as possible. If Apple needs a week or more to polish the edges, the Apple Watch may be released to the Public towards the end of April, like on Friday 24th.

Apple Watch early adopters, the Apple Loyalists, must be Impressed with this unique Wearable iWatch, its Easy set-up, Ease of use, Battery life, Connectivity to everything iPhone/iPad. If accomplished, the major issues the media-critics have been whining about, mostly focused on its battery life, should be silenced early on.

Emergence of early issues may severely hamper accelerated adoption by the folks; Except, yours truly as I’ll be literally on line early morning, at Apple’s Retail Store at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Presently I’m focusing on the Apple Watch mid-tier model, the Dark Stainless Steel Bracelet or the Milanese Loop

Unless you’ve just returned from a extended vacation on planet SATURN, you may know the Apple Watch is coming very soon. iWatch is scheduled to be released in April, 2015. April 3rd, is the earliest Friday in April, only 36 days from today, February 26th. Many have asked us, will there be a Pre-Release Media event, (say Tuesday March 24th) 9 days before THE Release of iWatch Inventory to Apple’s retail stores? News reports have been accelerating as the release date becomes closer to realty. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomfield and other journalists, have been discussed the new Apple Watch line-up.

Uncommon with a NEW Apple product release are the hoards of media-critics, claiming the uselessness of this new product. The Apple Watch is a unique New Product, as compared to a new Iteration of an existing product, like iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.

Historically, the Original iPhone was announced at Apple’s Maxworld Expo held January 9, 2007 annual event the media soon after slammed Apple for getting into a venue (cellular phones) it knew absolutely nothing about, considering there was already a very crowded field of experienced Mobile Phones makers.

 The Same choir of critics reported that Apple’s NEW iPad was “nothing new and if Apple’s lucky, maybe 6 million units would be sold” in its first year. Since the initial iPhone in 2007 there have been over a Billion iOS devices sold and in circulation, half of which are iPhones, Apple selling into a very crowded field of smartphone makers.

Recent articles discussing Apple’s iWatch endeavor has given me motivation to take harder look towards generating some reasonable expectations that we formulated for the three-tiered AppleWatch lineup; We’re assuming Apple will fabricate and sell 24 million iWatches for the initial 12 month sales period, plus Apple’s disclosure of the $350 Sports Watch entry-price point.

All the statistics have been projected by us internally, with no knowledge of what Apple has actually projected. Several facts have been released to the public that we’ve used in our presentation: (1) there will be a 3-tiered iWatch model lineup, (2) the Sports Watch will retail for $350, and (3) all else is our conjecture.

Apple Watch Economic Model. The statistical-chart below displays what we believe are “realistic” sales goals, perhaps conservatively, with price-traunches for the three tiered line-up, Sports, Apple Watch, Apple Edition, metaled Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, and 18k Gold respectively.

iWatch [Gold] Edition is the top-tier version of the AppleWatch. Its been estimated that the Edition Apple Watch may retail for an estimated $4500. Sounds like a lot of money. Although Apple chose to leave the word “Gold” out of the Top Tier Title, Apple Edition, gold is in fact the watch-body metal; Note, presently Gold’s raw-material cost is hovering around $1200 per troy ounce, gold watches are “pricey” regardless of who designs and makes them, irrespective of the internal electronics package or electro-mechanical movement.

Apply is now Buying massive quantities of 24k Gold bullion, but that’s just the beginning. Roughly 14.46 Million troy ounces of 24k Gold bullion that are purchased by Apple per year (assuming our guesstimates are close) must be Certified by Apple Metallurgists when delivered, for elemental AU Purity and Weight. These two steps are very complex and require significant Oversight by agents of the bullion-supplier and Apple. Dealing with the payments and receipts of $18 Billion as Apple pays for the gold bullion is quite complex.

Post Certification of Millions of Pounds of Gold Bullion, it passes to the secure Fabrication Plant, carefully measured batches of the Bullion are heated to 2,000ºF in special Gold Furnaces, then Apple Metallurgists mix the molten gold with other specially purified metal ingredients resulting in several unique specialty 18k Gold formulations, then poured into Apple Watch cast-forms, cooled, then the iWatch Gold-Blanks are removed from the forms and inspected, those that pass through quality control are machined and polished, for further assembly. The gold-blanks that are rejected, and foundry castings are not 100%, go back to the Furnaces to be repoured.

This scenario is highly simplified, but gives you a notion of the complexity of the process. As about $18 Billion of gold bullion is involved, significant added costs are incurred for Plant Security, armed security guards, “security watching the valuables and each other, throughout all these processes.

Apple is processing this gold presently in effort for their April 2015 release to their retail stores for sale. Apple is also presently installing into the Common Carriers, Apple Distribution Centers, and Apple Retail Stores, specially designed VAULTS and ALARM Systems to protect the Apple Watch Boxed Inventory.

Apple Watch Edition, Lets take the iWatch apart piece-by-piece, financially speaking. Let’s assume that the Edition Watch may contain 37.5gm of 24k Gold and the Apple Watch electronics module is the same module used universally with all three of the AppleWatch tiers.

Apple Watch Financial Array. The bullet-points below display the cost analysis for the Apple Watch [gold] Edition, all Edition iWatches are gold cased watches.

Current Spot-Gold price. Assuming the iWatch pure-gold content is 37.5gm of gold watch-case (our guesstimate) when formulated to 18k gold metal-alloy. If Apple’s Gold Alloy procedure starts with 37.5gm of 24k Gold, as 24k gold metal is fabricated into 18k Gold by adding presumably precise amounts of Silver, Copper and Zinc, therefore watch-case (without internals) would then weigh 50gm, due to the additional 12.5gm of Apple’s unique mix of metals, blended in its Alloy-Furnaces. FYI, currently (as of 2/27/2015) spot-gold is hovering between $1204 to $1219 per troy ounce. Recall the under-side of the iWatch is stainless-steel which seals the watch-cased Computer module, Lithium Polymer battery, and houses 4 biometric sensor components.

Apple with its team of the best Metallurgists on the planet, have developed several unique 18k Gold formulations that delivers 18k Gold Alloys with custom Colors offering greater Gold hardness and durability unique to Apple. Typically 18k Gold is “softer” making it more prone to scratching and scuffing, showing greater signs of wear, than with traditional 14k Gold alloy formulations.

The Most Common 18k Gold Colors and Formulations are Displayed in this article with graphics and charts showing. The common alloys of elemental Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc in various levels of concentrations. Notice in the 12 Gold Colors Chart, Yellow Gold contains Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc with Gold representing 75% of the Alloy. To produce Rose colored Gold, the formulation contains only three elements: Gold, Silver, and Copper, removing Zinc. It will be very interesting to know the precise Formulation of Elements Apple’s team of metallurgists have chosen to create its unique Colors and Hardness, never seen before in the Gold Industry.

Apple is Reinventing the Watch. One should not be surprised that when Apple committed to a Watch-Wearable product, again Apple is REINVENTING the business of Gold Wearable Watches. From the images that Apple has displayed, and as presented in this article, Apple has created several striking 18k Gold Colors never seen in the industry. My bet is the brilliance of the gold colors is not simply a photoshop magic act, their unique Gold colors will be even more striking up close and personal, when the buying public visualized the Apple Watch in their Retail Stores.

As a reference, a typical ROLEX watch and bracelet uses 150gm of Gold; however, the gold is contained in the base Watch plus its hefty Bracelet. The Rolex bracelet accounts for a significant portion of the total gold metal package.

Apple Watch Computer module $200, the same module in all Apple Watches
Apple Watch Edition’s gold uses 37.5gm 24k Gold valued at $1500 for an 18k Gold formulation, presently spot-gold is $1205/gm [math: (37.5/31.1) x $1205 = $1500 the cost of the gold component]
Apple Watch Form, Jewlers add “Form” value to the price of its jewelry creations, say $2300
Apple Edition Band, say $500
Apple Watch Edition retail price = $4500 (math: $200 + $1500 + $150 + $2300 + $500)

Specifically, people in the supply-line familiar with this topic claim Apple has commenced production of about 6 million Apple Watches many weeks ago, for the iWatch’s first quarterly production-run; just over half of the production is earmarked for the Sport model, with a third of the production-run allocated for the middle-segment stainless-steel Apple Watch, with the balance is the Top-Tier Edition production, about 10% for the Apple Watch [Gold] Edition models.

Apple Watch Edition impact on Global Gold Supply. One more thing, lets have some fun in determining what Apple Watch Edition sales may have on the World’s supply for gold. Here are some givens to consider
 Apple Watch facts and conversion factors: there are 31.1gm in 1.00 Troy Ounce, there are 32,150.75 Troy ounces in one Metric Ton, Global production of Gold is 2500 Metric Tons annually, spot-gold price currently hovering around $1205 per troy ounce
 Apple is currently produce 500,000 gold Edition Apple Watch units as its initial quarterly production-run
 Apple Watch Edition ramps up production to 1 million Apple Watch units monthly [or more] as demand dictates
 Apple Watch Edition requires 37.5gm of pure 24k Gold for each iWatch, guesstimated
 Apple Watch Edition utilized 1.2058 Troy ounces of Gold per Apple Watch Edition, extrapolation of a guesstimate
 Apple Watch Edition will consume 14,469,453 troy ounces of Gold in its First fiscal Year of production, equating to 450 Metric Tons of 24k Gold/Yr, which equates to over 5x Rolex’s current Gold consumption
 Apple will Buy $18.086 Billion per Year for 24k Gold Bullion to built its Gold Edition Watches, base on current assumptions and spot-gold prices
 Apple Edition Watch Gold will place a New Demand for 20% of the total annual global Gold production
 Reference #1. Rolex sells $4.7 billion in gold watches yearly, from an estimated 600,000 Rolex watch sales. Rolex watches average 150gm or 4.82 troy ounces of Gold per watch, equating to 2.894 million troy ounces, or 90 Metric Tons Gold/annually
 Reference #2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York stores on average 7,000 metric tons of Gold Bullion in its Manhattan vault.

 By Mid-April, 2015, we are expecting over 50,000 Apple Watch Apps on the AppStore. Currently, for an average iPhone user there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We currently have 418 Apps on my iPhone 6 Plus and 300 Apps on Marilyn’s iPhone 6 Plus. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch may have 75 Apps per Apple Watch. There may likely be no single killer app for Apple Watch when the iWatch is released (other than the iWatch Configuration App) as each user will have their “own set of Killer Apps.” One way to look at this new “Wearable” is that the consumer is getting 75 different devices housed in one Apple Watch. Several Analysts are projecting that Apple may sell over 40 million Apple Watches in 1st the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.

Many of the Apple Watch details are still unconfirmed, typical for Apple product releases, most notably the three-tired segment pricing, Apple Watch may be the revenue growth driver Apple needs for this April-Quarter, typically a relatively modest earnings period.

Apple’s Sports Watch is configured with an satin Aluminum case with a variety of elastomer sports water resistant bands. The Apple Watch is housed in highly polished hardened Stainless Steel with two colors, with a number of elegant bracelets. For the fashion minded, the Apple Watch Edition is encased in a highly polished and hardened Gold case accompanied with appealing bracelets. If our guesstimates are correct, this new Wearable product-line may have significant implications for year-over-year revenue growth at the company.

If the last eight quarterly financial reports are an indication, Apple may benefit handsomely with this mid-year revenue accelerator. The first fiscal-quarter (Apple’s fourth calendar quarter) is where Apple has really outperformed, growing revenue nearly 30% year-over-year.

Led by the newest iterations of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, most notably Apple smashed all expectations and accordingly propelled the $AAPL stock to all-time highs, with no end in sight. Not to mention that many of the largest Investment Banking firms’ analysts increasing the Target Pricing to $150/share and seemingly other analysts concurring with increased share target pricing.

Apple’s mid-year quarterly performance are generally less impressive then Apple’s first quarter results. And while it is important to note that 5% to 6% year-over-year growth is still amazing for a huge company pushing nearly $200 billion in revenues, with an Apple Watch earnings injection during the seasonally slower quarters should be an additional catalyst for Apple’s stock trading prices.

As you may know, one of the Apple “low” growth quarters is the third fiscal quarter, that typically starts April 1st. With an iWatch April release date expected, the Apple Watch may be most felt during this quarter. Assuming forecasts are close to reality, Apple generally errs on the conservative side with their projections. The Apple Watch may add roughly 16.8% growth to the quarter year-over-year, considering all other product sales factors constant. However, being rather bullish on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these “slower” seasonal quarters may be “not so slow” as usually expected by the “talking heads.”

The Big Question: Which Watch is for You? With the start of the New Year the specialty Watch Makers like Montblanc, Longines, Baume & Mercier, and others announce and display their new creations to the public.

Watches – Which is Best for You Comparing a robust “mans” chronograph with a modern gold iWatch with a red-band is eye catching, the primary purpose. However, when one acquires Mechanical-Chronographs with Complications in its Face, other than the watch-band, your use and visuals are Fixed. With iWatch other than your choice of the Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum alloy case, all else may be changed including the bands.

With the iWatch, Fixed only applies to your choice of how tall the watch body is, either 38mm or 42mm, and your choice of metal, Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum… all else you may change. The Watch Face may look anyway you desire, with Complications or not, thousands of possibilities, that you may change anytime. Directly under iWatch’s highly polished scratch-proof Sapphire Crystal, is a brilliant OLEM retina touch-display.

iWatch Face may display whatever information you desire, Day, Date, Graphics, Animations, iMessages, eMail, Weather, your next Calendar event, an incoming Call or Text, the position of Planet Earth in its solar system, your Heart rate, your Friend’s Heart Rate, anything or everything you desire, including the local Time. Want the Second-Hand on an analog face, turn it on or off. Want Digital or Analog time display, Want the Day/Date, turn these on or off, as you desire. Bands and Materials may be easily changed, choose from Leather bands, Stainless, Links, Sports elastomer Bands, however your use and venue dictates. Have a sports band for daily use, and have a elegant band for evening wear. You may easily change the iWatch Band, with no tools whatsoever.

iWatch Graphics. These two graphics shows the 42mm and 38mm iWatch faces and an overlay. The 38mm iWatch face graphic has an Overlay (the blue left and bottom edges) highlighting the 42mm iWatch face to show the size comparisons.

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. After completing the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook mentioned just “One more thing…” a famous Steve Jobs saying, and went on to Announce the Apple Watch. This Video Link takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announces the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces a new innovative reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple Watch certainly is not intended for everyone, neither is the Montblanc, a more limited audience for sure. Lets face it, “old fashioned electro-mechanical” wrist watches have an appeal to more mature affluent audiences, while possess “retro attraction” to the yuppie millennials. However, these classic mechanicals may be 42mm in diameter by 12mm, fragile, relatively expensive, and many amazingly keep terrible time. The iWatch has a 42mm face that rests 12mm on your wrist, and a second iWatch model of 38mm.

Apple Watch embodies many interesting aspects, as under its highly polished Sapphire Crystal is a brilliant OLED very high resolution “retina” touch-screen, that may Display hundreds of possible iWatch Faces. I’m imagining that the iWatch face is a rounded-rectangular shape so that the four-corners may house miniature Informative-Icons, or other Graphic Signals, or not.

Apple Watch’s Display is Strategic, meaning that with careful software graphics capabilities, one may design a “Perpetual Calendar Chronograph” digital iWatch face with unlimited complications, being mindful not to make it too confusing. On the other hand, one may choose an uncluttered iWatch face, or something in between, all user selectable.

🍎⌚️ Apple Engineers Completing iWatch Software. Apple has ceded the 4th beta of its iOS8.2 software today, largely dealing with the iWatch interface and its connectivity with iPhones. Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s complex iOS operating system software.

🍎⌚️ Sources familiar with iWatch development say the Apple Watch is currently ahead of schedule and on track to ship in the United States in March according to 9to5MAC, who has a very good track record and sources, in predicting product releases. Apple previously stated that the wearable product will ship in “early 2015” certainly not a very precise phrase.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch engineers have been “polishing up” the iWatch iOS operating system and putting the device’s Battery through very extensive testing. Apple engineers have also been “working overtime to improve the inductive charging system necessary for “contact-less” charging-up the device’s internal Lithium Polymer, LiON battery each night.” Tim Cook stated during an October 2014 press event that: “We think you’re going to end up charging the Apple Watch daily. Overnight, that’s what we think.”

iWatch Show-Floor DemoThis link shows an on-floor Apple-Show 5 minute raw employee-demo of the use and settings of the iWatch: http://youtu.be/rwv-3wZocK4.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey. Notice the Graph above drawn from the statistics from a recent extensive survey (conducted by finance company Credit Suisse) of current iPhone owners approximately
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Buy iWatch
⌚️ 10% of iPhone Owners will Probably Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will May Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will Probably Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 100% of iPhone Owners that are Considering the Purchase of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation Assumptions . Lets extrapolate these statistics further. For the 10% of those stating they will Probably Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy, lets estimate that if 1000 people in the Apple Store stated they Probably will buy, lets say 500 of the 1000, about 1/2 of this group, will actually buy the iWatch; Similarly, For the 27% of those stating they will May Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy; lets estimate that if 2700 people in the Apple Store stated they are Maybe Buyers, lets say 700 of the 2700, about 1/4th of this group will actually buy the iWatch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation. Using the logic and assumptions above, lets restate three of the above groups of Likely Buyers, Probable Buyers, and Maybe Buyers, into a Single grouping of what we’ll call “Very Likely” Buyers
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Definitely Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 5% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Probably Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 7% of iPhone Owners that stated they May Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 30% of iPhone Owners therefore are “Very Likely” Buyers of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ Your Wait for Apple Watch may be over… sooner than you may have thought. According to news reports, Apple Watch iOS version software has been finalized. Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Apple Watch wearable device is on track for a March 2015 release timeframe, although no specific date is available. These news reports trim the previous timeline quite a bit. Fairly soon you may see long lines forming outside at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. I witnessed the unruly lines at 2am outside Apple’s Boca Raton store for the iPhone 6 Friday morning release, September 19, 2014.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch wearable device is on track for March, 2015 release, although no more detail on a specific release date is currently known. These news reports trim the timeline, and provide more precision on the iWatch release, then you’ll see the long lines forming at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. Prior to this News, Apple stated an imprecise phrase “Early 2015” as the iWatch release schedule. Another Senior Corporate spokesperson was even more vague stating a “Spring 2015” iWatch release schedule. Take a moment to view these beautifully produced Apple Watch videos.

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production will begin this month, January, 2015, whereas the iWatch was once scheduled to be rolling off Apple contracted lines in February.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production Orders. Apple has reportedly ordered 24 million iWatches from their contracted supplier, Quanta. In response to this relatively strong initial production order, Quanta has increased its workforce five-fold, increasing it from 2,000 workers to 10,000 workers. It’s expected that Quanta will then double again its workforce to 20,000 as the Apple Watch develops its sales momentum as 2015 progresses.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million unit Initial Production Order. One may consider a 24 million initial order seemingly aggressive; However, if recent polling is correct, 24 million iWatches may be on the mark or somewhat conservative. Current polling indicates that about 10% of iPhone users are actually “Very Likely” to buy the Apple Watch; Combine this 10% in the “Very Likely” Group, with an even larger group of iWatch iFolks, that say they are “Somewhat Likely” may increase the total “Likely Buyers Group” by another 5%. If predictive of actual demand, this trend will stress the supply-line for the 24 million iWatch initial production order.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Time will Tell, this high level of predictive demand may give the impression of production constraints, although, having the effect of keeping iWatch stocks flowing out of Apple retail stores, as fast as inventory arrives. Our guess, for the initial 12 months that iWatch is available, there may be some 30 million to 38 million iWatches sold.

🍎⌚️ Think about it. IMHO, Apple “pre Announced” the Apple Watch in September last year for multiple purposes
(🍎) Apple Defines this new product’s concepts early, rather than the rumor-mills and leaks
(🍎🍎) Provides sufficient time for the market-place, the iPhone folks to digest this entirely new product concepts
(🍎🍎🍎) Six months of assimilation, the iWatch pre-announcement to its formal release, gives everyone time to imagine having this unique Wearable, a marketing marvel by Apple.

🍎⌚️ History of 2007 iPhone. Recall Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs on stage during Apple’s annual Macworld conference, announced Apple’s very first iPhone. Starting off with the words “We’re gonna make some history today” Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs tricked the audience by claiming he was going to introduce three new products: an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone and an Internet communications device, knowing that all three components were built into Apple’s newly Announced iPhone.

🍎⌚️ First iPhone Announcement. Similarly, when the Original iPhone was Announced January 9, 2007, 6 months later its was Release on June 29, 2007. This 6 months duration gave the World, the Market, the Apple Analysts, and Clients an “assimilation” period to digest The New iPhone Concept.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/qe68rx The iWatch presentation given September, 2014 is presently being “assimilated” just as the iPhone was exactly 8 years Ago, January 9, 2007 at its announcement. Presently, Apple has sold more than 530,000,000 iPhones, and is expected to sell some 220,000,000 iPhones this year.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/cd48rx The First iPhone, 8 years ago (21m:15s into the Macworld Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs the iPhone is Reinvented).

🎬 http://tiny.cc/zx48rx. The First iPad was Reinvented on April 3, 2010. In sum there are over 750,000,000 iPhones and iPads in circulation, by year-end 1,000,000,000 iDevices enhancing peoples lives.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million Production Schedule. The News Reports do not specifically outline the reasons for Apple moving iWatch production up; However, there were vague references that “production yield issues” have been resolved. This could be referring to either the LiON Battery, Sapphire Crystal, the Touch Display, or a mix of the three. If the iWatch is as popular as we think it will be, Apple will need as much of a production head-start as they can.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Display. The centerpiece of the Apple Watch is an bright AMOLED display (newly designed for Apple) that is estimated to be more costly than traditional LCD screens Apple uses in its iPhones and iPads, which are not AMOLED displays. According to Taiwan’s Apple Daily, the alleged terms of the Quanta deal limit Quanta from partnering with any competing device makers building wearable electronics. This News Report aligns with earlier rumors suggesting that Quanta had secured “exclusive manufacturing rights” for the Apple Watch, although some reporters are suggesting that Foxconn and Inventec may “muscle their way” into the iWatches’ supply chain.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Associate Training. iWatch training courses will commence February 9th through February 16th. The core training will take place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and a satellite office in Austin, Texas. Direct training will be given to one or two representatives from each of the 263 USA Apple Stores. At the completion of the iWatch Training, the Store Associates are then tasked to return to their Apple store, to train the Store sales staff. Apple has currently 444 retail stores operating in 16 countries, including 263 in the USA, plus an online store available in 39 countries.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Training is said to commence in early February; however, the Apple Watch release date is set for March. According to news reports, those who completed Direct Corporate Headquarters training will thereafter be training their Home-Based Apple store staff. This follow-up training will occur in the days just before the Apple Watch release Event. Apparently since Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told the pre-release iWatch story at the announcement of the iPhone 6 in September, 2014, Apple is not concerned with pre-release leaks from its 30,000 retail store associates.

🍎⌚️ iWatch, Apple Watch is the most personal iDevice ever. Apple’s goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible, more relevant and ultimately more personal.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first Apple product to be worn.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple took a very unusual step in pre-announcing an entirely new Product Category BEFORE it was ready for release. Granted, Apple announces its iPhones, iPads, MacBooks before actual product release; however, for these MAC and iDevices, there was a 7 to 11 day period one waited for delivery of the New product released. In contrast Apple “Announced” the AppleWatch in late September, 2014 concurrently with its iPhone 6 announcement; however, Apple indicated then, that the iWatch would be Available in “early 2015.”

🍎⌚️ Apple will release iWatch in Early 2015. I can imagine Five vocabulary words for defining “when” in 2015 other than mentioning a chosen Calendar Quarter or a particular Month. Apple could have used these Four phrases: Beginning, Early, Middle, Late 2015. Late 2015 could mean November-December 2015, Middle could indicate May-June-July 2015.

🍎⌚️ What does “Early 2015″ tell us? Since Apple chose not to use a particular Month like January 2015, January likely not what Apple had in mind. However, “Early, 2015″ could mean either February, March, or April. Lets Add one more factor. Apple’s reports its financial results on a fiscal basis, where its 1st fiscal Quarter is defined as December 1st through February 28. Since the iPhone 6 is selling strongly, perhaps Apple desires the AppleWatch to make its Sales-Splash beginning in March of 2015 the start of Apple’s 2nd fiscal quarter.

🍎⌚️ Apple – One thing I have learned about Apple… “Apple does everything on purpose, with all aspects thoroughly thought out.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Driven culturally to deliver. Apple is proud and patient with all product releases by “getting it right” technology-wise, market-wise, and timing-wise, getting most of the bugs out before the public see it, and before its critics see it. Apple may also desire to give its stable of independent developers, some time for iWatch Application (App) Development. Apple may desire the “kick off” the iWatch in its 2nd fiscal quarter of 2015.

🍎⌚️ Apple prefers to release new products on Friday for a Three-Day, Friday-Saturday-Sunday “weekend” sales splash. Looking at our Calendar, February 27, 28, March 1st, is the first weekend containing a March date; however, March 6, 7 and 8 is the first all March Weekend.

🍎⌚️ Apple Factoid to Consider. Apple is somewhat constrained in the fabrication of the Sapphire Crystals used on the WATCH and its WATCH EDITION product lines (the Sports models have hardened glass crystals not sapphire), Apple may be scheduling the Apple Watch in March giving sufficient time to build up a reasonable inventory of all the iWatch models. Its illogical for Apple to create huge anticipation, and not have a reasonable inventory of iWatch models to satisfy its Loyal Following.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Release Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015, total conjecture though, as we have NO internal sources whatsoever.

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. The iPhone is mentioned in this article, as the adoption of the iWatch may follow the adoption-history of the iPhone. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, 30 years after Motorola literally “invented” their very popular, however, expensive Star•TAC 8500XL. I bought this Motorola “Brick” 30 years ago for $4200 in 1985, weighing in at 28oz. I retained it as a souvenir of the times, then the most portable cellular phone.

🍎⌚️ 30 Million to 38 Million iWatch customers may be “voting” with their Wallets in its first 12 months of availability. Lets see how we get to these numbers. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, it showed an adoption rate of 11 million iPhones in its 1st fiscal year (21 million in the 2nd fiscal year, 39 million in year 3, 72 million in year 4, 125 million units sold in the 5th year of the iPhone). Our guess is the adoption rate of the AppleWatch may follow the growth rate history of the iPhone, as both devices (iPhone and iWatch) were totally new Apple products.

🍎⌚️ iPhones are currently selling at 72 million units per quarter, capturing 51.3% of all global smartphone activations, 3 Times that of Samsung’s. With about 469 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then say 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales… this are our guesstimates.

🍎⌚️ AppleWatch Likely Buyers. A recent survey by Quartz (QZ.com) shows that about 14% of iPhone Owners who indicated that they are either Very Likely, Likely and Somewhat Likely to buy the new iWatch this year; however, some 86% are not interested in adopting for the iWatch in 2015. The Quartz Survey chart is displayed for your review. Lets use this 14% extrapolation.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s recent Annual Report, iPhone Sales represents about $101.9 Billion in iPhone Sales, for 169.2 Million iPhone unit sales, amounts to an average iPhone sales price of $602.72/unit. If in fact for the first 12 months of iWatch sales, 14% of iPhone owners buy the AppleWatch, then about 23 million iWatches may be purchased.

🍎⌚️ 469,000 iPhones reportedly are in Circulation, remove the 169 million iPhones sold last year, lets consider the remaining 300 million iPhone owners that purchased iPhones in years before 2014. Lets assume just 5% of those remaining iPhone owners buy the iWatch, this would add 15 million of possible iWatch buyers. Combine these two assumptions 23 million + 15 million = 38 million iWatch sales may occur in the first 12 months of AppleWatch sales.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s creation of the iPhone seven years ago, Apple literally reinvented the mobile cellular phone, into a very crowded market; However Apple literally changed the Mobile Phone into a “SmartPhone” weighing in at 6oz and sized at 0.46″x2.4″x4.5″ that continues to be improved and enhanced, today with their iPhone 6 sized at 0.27″x2.6″x5.4″ and 6 Plus sized at 0.28″x3.1″x6.2″.

🍎 Today, January 9th is the 8th Anniversary for the First iPhone. This was a great Day for Apple and an incredible Proud Day for Steve Jobs!

🍎 See the First Look at the iPhone, 8 years ago: <u http://tiny.cc/jsl7rx (21m:50s into the Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs as the very First iPhone is Announced).

🍎 iWatch 🍎 Apple Watch – Apple’s Entry into Electronic Wearables

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. 22 years after the Motorola 8500XL known as “the Brick”, Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, which was so much more than a mobile phone, literally a “smartphone” weighing in at 6oz and about 1/4″ thin, 2.5″x0.26″x4.0″ that Apple continues to enhanced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s critics reported that Apple has no business getting into the mature field of experienced mobile phone makers.

🍎⌚️ In 7 years Apple has delivered 500,000,000 premium priced iPhones, and are now selling iPhone 6 and 6+ at a pace well over 200,000,000 yearly. Not a typo, Apple is currently selling premium iPhones at a pace of 72 million units reportedly per calendar quarter with a profit margin over 30%. Its been also been reported that, based on actual cellular activations, iPhone 6 models were 51.3% of all global smartphone sales in December, 2014, outselling Samsung 3-to-1. Marilyn and I each own the iPhone 6 Plus and love them.

🍎⌚️ Tablets. Similarly, tablets were available several years before Apple reinvented it with the iPad in 2010. Apple carefully examined how Apple could develop such a device that folks would really want and use. Apple’s critics again reported that Apple was waisting their energies on tablets into such a mature tablet-marketplace, where Apple would be lucky of it could sell 5 million units in a good year.

🍎⌚️ The market place “voted” with their Wallets as iPads are selling at a clip 60 million units yearly with over 250 million in use today. Marilyn has the iPad mini, fits perfectly in here handbag, and I have the iPad Air 2, fits perfectly into my nifty DECODED black leather case.

🍎⌚️ 30,000,000 iWatch sales may “vote” their Wallets in 2015. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, they show an adoption rate of 11 million units in its 1st fiscal year (21 million 2nd fiscal year, 39 million 3rd year, 72 million 4th year, 125 million 5th year) compared to current iPhone sales of 72 million units per quarter. With about 450 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales, your guess thereafter…

🍎⌚️ Watch. Some Watch history. The watch which was developed in the 16th century (circa 1530) was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears which moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel. Most of the subsequent 500 year history of watches was devoted to refining the mechanical watch.

🍎⌚️ The Quartz Watch in the 1960s, which ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal, proved a radical departure for the industry. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches, an event referred to as the “quartz crisis”. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.

🍎⌚️ The origin of the word “Watch” is that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).

🍎⌚️ First watches were strictly mechanical, driven by spring-powered clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals, producing accurately timed electronic pulses. Some watches use radio-clock-technology to regularly correct the time. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970, the Pulsar LED.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple again, is reinventing the Watch, certainly entering a very mature field, dating back to the 16th century, 500 years ago and the “electronic” watch of 1970’s, some 50 years in the making. Apple’s entry into the “Watch” arena may be similar to its entry into Mobile Phones, when it made cell phones literally “Smart.” With the iWatch, Apple will be making the timekeeping wearable very “Smart” too.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple has created three venues for their Wearable: Apple Watch, Sports, and the Edition, each containing many designs, metals, and bands, generating thousands of possibilities to reach a huge audience, with no compromise with its core capability. Presently I am wearing a RADO for the past 10 years, loving it. However, with the release of the Apple Watch, I’m highly motivated towards the Apple Watch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone Connection. A significant capability of the iWatch is its connectivity with the iPhone. Think about it, all of the iPhone’s: rote Computing power, SIRI, sensors, GPS, Internet, WiFi, 3G, 4G, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, its Processor, Memory, its Apps are available to and from the iWatch. Literally thousands of developers are having a “field-day” imagining all the capability and connectivity between your iPhone, your iWatch, and everyone else’s iWatch and iPhone.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A simple example. Imaging the ladies that have an iPhone in their purse, or the guy with his iPhone in a briefcase, its ringer is off, to not disturb their surroundings. The iPhone receives an important telephone call. With the iPhone’s connectivity to the iWatch, the iWatch’s underside, sends a tympanic (“tap” or two) onto your wrist, notifying you of an incoming voice call, text, or upcoming calendar event…

🍎⌚️ Rotate your wrist a bit to glance at who’s calling you… To ignore the Call or Text, (lets say you are sitting at a conference table taking notes and participating with 12 others), simply cover your wrist with your other hand, which signals iWatch to ignore the Connection… or, answer the Call on the iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch you may answer the telephone call speak and listen through the iWatch’s internal miniature speaker and microphone… you may then transfer the call to your iPhone, as the call may be lengthly, knowing its worth the effort to retrieve the iPhone from your purse or briefcase. Alternatively, if you didn’t want to receive this call, you could send a text message to that caller from your AppleWatch, texting that: “I will return the call once you’re out of the meeting, I’m on my Way, I’ll call you in and hour….”

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone An ApplePay example. You are at Walgreens and want to pay for your personal supplies and Meds, instead of finding your Wallet and extracting a traditional Plastic Credit Card, or instead of finding your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, with its new ApplePay capability… just reach-out to position your iWatch close to the Walgreens cash-register’s NCF transceiver terminal, and your iWatch will communicate with your iPhone, and Walgreens Store… you can select the CC you desire and authorize payment, using the touch-display of your iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A Camera example. You have a terrific group shot to capture with your iPhone, you prop up the iPhone on the dining room table… to get in the shot you could let a stranger snap the shot for you, or you could, leave the iPhone on the dining room table, while you position yourself in the Shot, then LOOK at your APPLE WATCH, where you can actually see the image like looking into a “viewfinder” and then snap the shot or two, once everyone settles into a good pose. Once the image is captured you can see the result on the display of your AppleWatch. These examples do not even mention all the HEALTH capabilities.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. AppleWatch wearable is a Technology Marvel, making it possible to package microchips, sensors, graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, Firmware, Software, Apps… into one highly styled shock and water resistant wearable, that will “Tell a lot more than Time.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Heavily Invested with reInventing the Watch, which electronic watch industry has been tinkering with since the 1970’s.

🍎⌚️ Viewing Apple’s web-pages devoted to introducing the 2015 AppleWatch, you’ll get the message that Apple is deeply committed to having the masses add to their existing wearables, and encouraging others that don’t don wearables, may now do so.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

First Portion of this Article briefly highlights traditional high-value electro-mechanical time pieces, priced from $3,500 to over $50,000 followed by reporting on Apple’s unique contribution to the Watch arena, priced from $350 to several $Thousand. [Apple has not published their pricing as of this writing.]

Montblanc is now one of the most exciting brands under Richemont’s wide umbrella, thanks in no small part to Jerome Lambert’s leadership, the man who played a key role in making Jaeger-LeCoultre the powerhouse that it is today.

With SIHH 2015 Conference on January 19th, http://tiny.cc/r8wdsx, The SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE, where watch makers released details of there latest watch offerings, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, among others.

Montblanc’s Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes with a 41mm diameter case, available in 18k red gold (priced at $17,000) and stainless steel for the “wealthy wannabes” including polished bezel, with a horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The band-lug, which curve quite steeply, have the same satin treatment.

Montblanc’s Heritage Case thickness is 12mm, which is not thin, but entirely acceptable, as the mechanical movement was not developed from scratch, apparently the “movement” was purchased from a true watch maker’s previous invention. [Editorial remark: one would think for a $17k end product, Montblanc would design a unique watch movement for this release.]

Montblanc’s joining this first-rate array of watches for 2015 is the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarrum, featuring an in-house developed worldtime complication (more on this later). Worldtimers are not all that uncommon, but are notoriously tricky to get right. There is a lot of information to display, and if the designers and engineers are not careful, the dial can easily become way too busy, to be easily legible.

Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time, has done it right with one of the best examples of a well-designed worldtimer.

Watches worthy of mention are Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Worldtimer, Girard-Perregaux’s Traveller WW.TC And Moon Phase, which has chronograph functions to boot, (priced at $52,000) or (€44,000). [now that’s a bargain.] Like the Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar before it, this new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is also “very attractively priced” [not my words], in red gold, this watch will retail for $17,000 or (€14,400); and in stainless steel, the price is a very tempting $6,100 or (€5,175), [not really?]

☎️📞📡🍎 Marilyn and I will likely select iWatch styles, and take advantage of what seems to be an amazing step forward in personal wearable devices.

☎️📞📡🍎 Take a moment and watch several of Apple’s excellently produced videos at these locations.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/
🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

☎️📞📡🍎 Many Reasons for regular folks to take a hard look at the Apple Watch priced from $400 to thousands, depending on metal.

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes in a 41mm case – available in 18k red gold and stainless steel – with polished bezel and horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The lugs, which curve quite steeply, have the same treatment. Case thickness is around 12mm, which is a little on the thick side, but entirely acceptable, since the movement was not developed from scratch. At $17,000 what a bargain. NOT.

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HEADLINE – As 1.00% of iPhone Users Buy Watch, Generates $1.488 Billion Gross Profit 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

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HEADLINE – Apple Watch Math. As 1.0% of iPhone Users BUY the Apple Watch, Apple Earns $1.488 Billion Gross Profit. Here is how we get there…

Apple hosted its Important Apple Watch Event March 9th, 2015. Apple Sprang Forward – WATCH Available April 24, PreOrder online April 10th.

Apple Watch is likely “the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the over 30 crowd” as many switch to the iWatch. For Millennials, Apple Watch may be their First Watch, as the 13 to 30 year olds don’t wear Watches, they tell time with iPhone.

Apple Watch is a Companion to Apple’s iPhone (not an iPhone replacement). Apple has now sold and delivered 700 Million iPhones world wide.

Apple Watch Sales Projection. We now know the pricing for the Three Tiers of Apple Watch Models and Bands. Accordingly, I’ve dusted off my trusty HP19BII Calculator. Below are our projections for the sales of the initial production of 6 million Apple Watches. We’ve projected 3.5 million Apple Sports Watches will be sold plus 2,000,000 mid-tier Apple Watches and 500,000 Apple Edition Watches, as the product sales-mix; of course our figures are not factual whatsoever.

➡️ http://youtu.be/oL1xf_X0W2s Take a Break for Some Crazy Humor !

Listen to Tim Cook calling into Jim Cramer’s MAD MONEY Show this Tuesday March 10, 2015, below is the direct Link:

➡️ http://player.theplatform.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&byGuid=3000361340&size=640_360#

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Sports Watch Tier. The largest number of sales will likely occur for the Sports Watch. The 38mm watch will sell for $350 and the 42mm watch will sell for $400, we will assume that the sales will occur evenly between these two Sports Watches, resulting in an ASP, Average Selling Price of $375.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Apple Watch Tier. The Apple Watch will sell at $550 for the lowest priced Apple Watch, leading to a top price of $1100 for the Stainless Steel Bracelet band, leading us to a Weighted ASP of $750.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Edition Watch Tier. The Apple Edition Watch will sell at $10,000 for the lowest priced Apple Edition Watch, leading to a top price of $18,000 for the 18k Gold with the Gold Buckle Band, leading us to a weighted ASP of $12,500. Weighting these top-tier luxury models is the most difficult to project, therefore we chose to be conservative with an Weighted estimate ASP of $12,500.

Apple Watch Weighted Average Selling Price for Three Tiers of Apple Watch unit sales. If these projection have merit, then the Sports Watch will sell to 3,500,000 customers for a total of $1.312 Billion in gross sales. The Apple Watch will sell to 2,000,000 customers for a total of $1.500 Billion in gross sales, and the Apple Edition (Gold) Watch will sell to 500,000 customers for a total of $6,250 Billion in gross sales. The weighted average selling price is skewed upwards, largely because of the 500,000 Gold Edition Watches that may sell for an average selling price of $12,500 each, therefore
 Overall ASP for all tiered Apple Watch models is $1,510.

Apple Watch Gross Sales and Profits projected. Using the resulting Gross sales figures above, all three Tiers will generate $9.062 Billion in sales for this new Apple Watch product. If Apple achieves say 45% profit margin, which is likely profit margin for a wearable product, then Apple’s Gross Profit may approach $4.078 Billion per Quarter, or $16.3 Billion Annually, or $1.36 Billion per Month. There are not many S&P 500 Companies that generate this profit level.

Apple Watch Gross Sales projections in Perspective. The 6,000,000 unit Sales of Apple Watch projected, is based on just 2.75% of the 218,181,000 customers (current number of iPhone 5 + iPhone 5S + 5C + iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus users) actually buy the Apple Watch sometime during the next 12 months from launch day, 24 April 2015.

Lets Play some Apple Watch Math Games. If the number of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 buyers increases by just 1.00%, then the Number of Apple Watch Sales increases by 2,181,800 unit sales, generating an additional Gross Profit of $1.488 Billion Quarterly, or about $5.931 Billion/year represented by 4.0% of the iPhone 5+ iPhone 6 users.

Apple Watch Math Games Summarized. Therefore for each 1% of iPhone Users that buy Apple Watch, about $6 Billion in annual Gross profit is added to Apple’s Financial Results. Similarly if 5% of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users buy Apple Watch, then Apple enjoys about $30 Billion in annual Gross Profits. It will be most interesting to look back at this Article (a year from now) in review of Apple’s actual Apple Watch 2016 annual results.

Apple critics screamed in January of 2007 “Apple is a Computer company and has no business getting into the crowded, experienced mobile-phone arena.” However, Apple methodically reinvented the smartphone, released it June, 2007 fortunately ignoring all their critics. iPhone sales soared to 74.5 million for the 90 day period ending 12/31/2014, and are projected to sell 225 million iPhones for Apple’s fiscal 2015.

Apple again was criticized, similarly in 2010, for entering the crowed, mature Tablet marketplace… good thing Apple ignored that advice, as it again reinvented the Tablet with its iPad, having delivering 225,000,000 units.

Apple iPhone/iPad sales combined total about 925,000,000 iPhones and iPads have been sold into a crowded, competitive, mature marketplace. Apple has also earned a 99% Customer Satisfaction rating, unheard of in this industry. Critics are similarly questioning the wisdom of the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch represents the 2015 moment in time, “likely the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the 35 and over crowd” as many Apple iPhone owners switch to the iWatch for regular wear. For the Millennials, the Apple Watch will likely be their First Watch, as these 13-to-30 year olds largely do not wear Watches, noticing the time of day with their iPhones.

Apple Watch’s success is directly related to the percentage of Apple iPhone Users desire the added convenience of the Apple Watch. Keep in mind, Apple product owners have demonstrated, they are willing to pay the Premium Price for Apple’s superior products.

Pre-Orders for the Apple Watch begin April 10 in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom. The Apple Watch will be available for preview, and try-on by appointment, at Apple’s retail stores, and available for preorder through the Apple Online Store.

Retail Store Sales for the Apple Watch begin on April 24. The Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom.

Extensive Apple owner surveys tell us, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 owners, about 220 million strong, about 10% to 15% are definitely interested in the Apple Watch within 90 days of its release. Those Surveyed as “definitely interested” in buying an Apple Watch in 90 days, translates into an Apple Watch sale, the simple math projects about 22 million to 33 million Apple Watch sales may result in the 12 month period from April 24, 2015.

 This Link takes directly to the Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/watch/

Apple Watch Magic. The AppleWatch pairs with your iPhone, so when messages, calls, texts, emails, tweets, FB posts, and calendar appointment reminders come to you, you will not have to dig in your purse, pocket or briefcase, for your iPhone. With the iWatch you simply rotate your wrist 30 degrees into your view, to glance at who’s attempting to communicating with you.

Apple Watch’s Simple gestures permits you to communicate, or take the phone call, if the call will likely be extended, now you know its worth the effort to get your iPhone in hand, and talk from it, the call being seamlessly captured by your iPhone.

Apple Watch App. The airline industry is delivering your Boarding Pass to your iWatch too. Fumbling for the iPhone or paper boarding passes to get through AirPort Security now becomes obsolete with Apple Watch. Same for Hotels, thousands are changing their room-lock-electronics to accept your iWatch to unlock your Hotel-Room, no more metal keys, the end of swiping plastic-coaded cards. The list goes on and on with Apple Watch.

 To view the Apple Media Event that was broadcasted at 1:00pm Eastern on March 9th, 2015 below is a convenient LINK for this very interesting and informative Apple Products Show.

http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/

 Notice the slides of the most recent, the 21st Apple retail store in China. Apple will be adding another 19 retail stores in china this year.

Apple opened its first retail store in Beijing China in 2008. The country has quickly become one of Apple’s most important retail markets, thanks to a growing middle class eager to own the company’s high-end iPhone smartphones, iPads and Mac Book computers. Recently reported China represents 20% of Apple retail sales globally, and Apple has earned a 25% market-share in SmartPhone sales.

Apple Orchestrates its worldwide Magazine Publicity debut of the Apple Watch. These efforts continue this week on the Cover of STYLE, a fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. The cover image of Style’s Big Spring Issue for March, 2015 features model Guinevere Van Seenus wearing an Apple Watch and is accompanied by an additional two full-page spread inside the magazine that provides further details about the wrist-worn Apple Watch, including interesting hints about the pricing of the space gray models. Notice our list below of extensive guesstimates for all three tiers of the Apple Watch.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may signal that the Apple Watch may be released sooner than later, perhaps earlier in April, say April 3rd, April’s first FRIDAY, perhaps the last portion of Match. You may recall we reported last year that Apple was “a month ahead of schedule in the Apple Watch development timeline“. Apple’s Spring Forward media event may signal that the Apple Watch may be available for on-line purchase, perhaps as early as mid-Match.

iF Announced at its International Forum Awards Gala in Munich, Apple Watch wins the coveted IF Gold Award for 2015. Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF entry Label, only a few win the gold award for excellence in several categories.

 The Apple Watch competed with over 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award segment that covers a number of commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products.

 The IF Award Jury noted: “The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

 While Apple has discussed Apple Watch design and keystone features at length, the company has not yet presented the full hardware specifications and pricing details, likely to be heard at Apple’s March 9 Media Event. In a recent report, analyst Gene Munster estimated mid-tier Apple Watch models will retail for $499 to $599, depending on customization options, while the high-end Apple Watch Edition could sell for $4,999.

Apple Watch Tier Graphic. Notice the graphic below where we have estimated the average spelling prices, APS, for the Apple Watch. Most of those reporting on this topic are in general agreement on the ASP price range for the Sports Watch ($350 to $400) and the Apple Watch, the middle tier’s ASP ($500 to $900) depending on the band.

Among Reporters, there is little consensus for the pricing on the Apple Watch Edition, the 18k Gold Apple Watch. The ASP estimates range from $2500 to $10,000. Of course these figures vary largely based on the assumed amount of Gold that is incorporated in the Apple Watch gold case. Our estimate is, there may be 37.5gm of 24k Gold, then combined with 12.5gm of other elements to formulate 50gm of 18k Yellow or Rose colored Gold.

24k Gold Bars trading today at $1200 per troy ounce, lets compute the ASP, average selling price, of the Apple Watch Edition
⌚️ GOLD $1450 of gold metal in the watch case; add to this
⌚️ S1 Watch Chip $200 Apple’s S1 electronics-watch-chip and battery
⌚️ Watch Bands $550 for watch bands and bracelets,
⌚️ $2,200 Total Cost direct costs for the Edition Watch
⌚️ $1,800 Operating expense Corporate expense allocation per unit
⌚️ $3,000 Profit component per unit assume reasonable margin
⌚️ $7,000 Average Selling Price yielding about a 43% profit margin, relatively Low-Level Margin for a premium Jewelry product.
⌚️ $6,500 Average Selling Price Note, if there is only One Troy ounce of Gold, rather than the 37.5gm of Gold, then the Edition Watch Gold may sell for $6,500.

Apple Watch S1 Computer Module. Apple’s ability to surround their (New) products, like the Apple Watch, with connectivity and its ecosystem, this Article provides some insight on the S1’s operation, plus several X-Ray views of the “Heart” of the iWatch.

Apple Watch’s brains and heart is located in its S1 Module, a “Computer Package” housed within a unique sealed Module. The S1 represents a new level of micro-miniaturization, packaging literally Billions of electronic components and sensors into a single semiconductor module, hermitically sealed in resin.

Apple S1 System in Package, SiP, processor, memory, wireless connectivity transceivers, sensors packaged into a single, resin-sealed package. The S1 package contains an Apple customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.

Apple Watch S1 Package is filled and sealed with resin to prevent any moisture intrusion and for structural durability. Very little is known about the S1, however, Chipworks (an enterprise specializing in patent and technology reverse engineering and support) believes that it has identified the Processors, the WiFi, and Bluetooth transmitters-receivers, the medium sized processor in the center at the top of the images.

 Since wristwatches were invented in the 19th century, people have been glancing at them to check the time. With Apple Watch, this simple, reflexive act allows you to learn so much more. We optimized your favorite apps for the wrist by developing Glances — scannable summaries of the information you seek out most frequently. To see them, you simply swipe up from your watch face. In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You can quickly swipe through different Glances, or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

 S1 Chip. Massive constraints have a way of inspiring interesting, creative solutions. A prime example is the custom-designed chip at the heart of Apple Watch. No traditional computer architecture could fit within such a confined space. So we found a way to integrate many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, which is then completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics from the elements, impact, and wear. Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturization

 Because it’s connected to your iPhone, Apple Watch can present time in a more personal way. One that’s based around your life and schedule. You’ll receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. So you can answer or dismiss them instantly. And since Apple Watch sits on your wrist, your alerts aren’t just immediate. They’re intimate. With a gentle tap, notifications subtly let you know when and where your next meeting starts, what current traffic conditions are like, even when to leave so you’ll arrive on time. At any point, you can simply swipe down to Notification Center to view what you may have missed.

 Apple Watch Notifications. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist. Whenever you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.

 The wrist is a convenient area for collecting data about your physical activity, a task Apple Watch is designed to perform throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses1 protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from simply standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, suggest customized goals, and reward you for reaching personal fitness milestones.

 As familiar as wearing a watch is, charging one is something new. So we decided to make it utterly effortless. In fact, our goal was to make Apple Watch easy to charge in the dark. Without looking. While being only partially awake. We arrived at a solution that combines our MagSafe technology with inductive charging. It’s a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts. And it’s very forgiving, requiring no precise alignment. You simply hold the connector near the back of the watch, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will describe how to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Apple’s team will describe the iWatch Configuration App, housed in your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3. The App delivers a unique Pathway App, to transfer your iWatch configuration seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apple is the Master of Marketing, the Company has proven this repeatedly dating back to January, 2007 with its introduction of the original iPhone. Besides, the event being named “Spring Forward” the event is the very next day when we all advanced our “Watches one hour Forward” for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in North America.

Apple’s Spring Forward theme was recited in Apple’s formal invitation was sent Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 to the global Media community. Apple will present many details about how the iWatch will benefit its users. The presentation will likely show Apple’s new Companion Apple Configuration App, that makes it super-simple to set up the your Apple Watch, directly from your iPhone, plus topics were not fully covered at its initial announcement 5 months ago, following its mid-September Announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s Spring Forward Preparation. If you’d like a “warm up exercise” in preparation of the Apple Watch media event, the link directly below this graphic, is a Video Clip of the Apple Announcement of the iWatch last September.

Apple first introduced the Apple Watch September, 2014, Apple delivered to us a “high-level” comprehensive overview at what the product will be able to do to improve our lives. We remain uninformed about many other specifics like battery life, pricing for the high-end and the other two-tiers of models.

 This link will take you directly to Apple’s iWatch presentation that was delivered around the world September, 2014… it is definitely worth it to take a look:

⌚️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU

http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/smartphone-os-market-share/

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may also Announce other New Products, for example the iPad Pro, a large display 12.9″ iPad with enhanced specifications, Speed, RAM, etc., that has been rumored for several years. Perhaps Apple may announce a new version of its Apple TV, which is years overdue for revision. My understanding, there are over 20 million Apple TV boxes in circulation.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will undoubtedly describe how we will be able to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Plus Apple will describe the iWatch Configuration App, loaded into your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3, that delivers a unique Pathway App {transferring information and configurations from your iPhone directly to your iWatch} utilizing a menu-driven system to Transfer all your Watch Settings and Notifications seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apples March 9th Media Event will provide Live-Streaming Video Broadcast World Wide to all Apple folks or anyone that has a Safari browser on their PC computer systems, plus all iPhones and iPads, the simple hardware-software criteria that Apple has used for us to qualify for the Live-Streaming Broadcasts. Having watched a number of Apple’s Live Streamed broadcasts, they are very professionally produced and scripted. In My Humble Opinion, Apple will open its Live-Streaming Media Event to hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, MAC and PC users, many of which are iWatch interested.

Apple’s Live Streaming : Spring Forward Media Event. The Link below will be activated about 30 minutes before the Live-Streaming Presentation is broadcasted everywhere at 1:00pm Eastern, Monday March 9, 2015. Note, If you click onto the Link before March 9th, it will likely not have been activated until “Game Day.”.

http://Apple.com/live

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. The Video Link below takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announced the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces this new innovative and reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple weeks ago commenced production of 6 Million Apple Watch Units representing its Initial Quarterly Order.

 Apple projects internally sales of 24 million iWatches in the first fiscal-year of sales beginning April, 2015, as stated in news reports, which Apple has not confirmed. Several other analysts project 36 million Apple Watches and more, in the first fiscal-year of sales.

Apple in my opinion, is likely not in a hurry for an early April release date, as Apple surely wants to “iron out all the wrinkles” associated with a new-product release; however, maintain an “April Release” as published. Also when considering the Apple Watch release date, towards the end of April, Apple holds its Quarterly Financial report at 5pm following the 4pm public filing of Apple’s 2015 Q2.

Apple Watch is the only NEW product-release, since the unveiling of the iPad at a Press-Event held January 27, 2010 and subsequently released on April 30, 2010 with built-in Cellular+WiFi connectivity, two weeks earlier the WiFi iPad was available to the public.

CEO, Tim Cook surely desires to hold the Apple Watch high in the air, with all of the software, hardware, App, and iOS system issues rendered as glitch-free as possible. If Apple needs a week or more to polish the edges, the Apple Watch may be released to the Public towards the end of April, like on Friday 24th.

Apple Watch early adopters, the Apple Loyalists, must be Impressed with this unique Wearable iWatch, its Easy set-up, Ease of use, Battery life, Connectivity to everything iPhone/iPad. If accomplished, the major issues the media-critics have been whining about, mostly focused on its battery life, should be silenced early on.

Emergence of early issues may severely hamper accelerated adoption by the folks; Except, yours truly as I’ll be literally on line early morning, at Apple’s Retail Store at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Presently I’m focusing on the Apple Watch mid-tier model, the Dark Stainless Steel Bracelet or the Milanese Loop

Unless you’ve just returned from a extended vacation on planet SATURN, you may know the Apple Watch is coming very soon. iWatch is scheduled to be released in April, 2015. April 3rd, is the earliest Friday in April, only 36 days from today, February 26th. Many have asked us, will there be a Pre-Release Media event, (say Tuesday March 24th) 9 days before THE Release of iWatch Inventory to Apple’s retail stores? News reports have been accelerating as the release date becomes closer to realty. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomfield and other journalists, have been discussed the new Apple Watch line-up.

Uncommon with a NEW Apple product release are the hoards of media-critics, claiming the uselessness of this new product. The Apple Watch is a unique New Product, as compared to a new Iteration of an existing product, like iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.

Historically, the Original iPhone was announced at Apple’s Maxworld Expo held January 9, 2007 annual event the media soon after slammed Apple for getting into a venue (cellular phones) it knew absolutely nothing about, considering there was already a very crowded field of experienced Mobile Phones makers.

 The Same choir of critics reported that Apple’s NEW iPad was “nothing new and if Apple’s lucky, maybe 6 million units would be sold” in its first year. Since the initial iPhone in 2007 there have been over a Billion iOS devices sold and in circulation, half of which are iPhones, Apple selling into a very crowded field of smartphone makers.

Recent articles discussing Apple’s iWatch endeavor has given me motivation to take harder look towards generating some reasonable expectations that we formulated for the three-tiered AppleWatch lineup; We’re assuming Apple will fabricate and sell 24 million iWatches for the initial 12 month sales period, plus Apple’s disclosure of the $350 Sports Watch entry-price point.

All the statistics have been projected by us internally, with no knowledge of what Apple has actually projected. Several facts have been released to the public that we’ve used in our presentation: (1) there will be a 3-tiered iWatch model lineup, (2) the Sports Watch will retail for $350, and (3) all else is our conjecture.

Apple Watch Economic Model. The statistical-chart below displays what we believe are “realistic” sales goals, perhaps conservatively, with price-traunches for the three tiered line-up, Sports, Apple Watch, Apple Edition, metaled Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, and 18k Gold respectively.

iWatch [Gold] Edition is the top-tier version of the AppleWatch. Its been estimated that the Edition Apple Watch may retail for an estimated $4500. Sounds like a lot of money. Although Apple chose to leave the word “Gold” out of the Top Tier Title, Apple Edition, gold is in fact the watch-body metal; Note, presently Gold’s raw-material cost is hovering around $1200 per troy ounce, gold watches are “pricey” regardless of who designs and makes them, irrespective of the internal electronics package or electro-mechanical movement.

Apply is now Buying massive quantities of 24k Gold bullion, but that’s just the beginning. Roughly 14.46 Million troy ounces of 24k Gold bullion that are purchased by Apple per year (assuming our guesstimates are close) must be Certified by Apple Metallurgists when delivered, for elemental AU Purity and Weight. These two steps are very complex and require significant Oversight by agents of the bullion-supplier and Apple. Dealing with the payments and receipts of $18 Billion as Apple pays for the gold bullion is quite complex.

Post Certification of Millions of Pounds of Gold Bullion, it passes to the secure Fabrication Plant, carefully measured batches of the Bullion are heated to 2,000ºF in special Gold Furnaces, then Apple Metallurgists mix the molten gold with other specially purified metal ingredients resulting in several unique specialty 18k Gold formulations, then poured into Apple Watch cast-forms, cooled, then the iWatch Gold-Blanks are removed from the forms and inspected, those that pass through quality control are machined and polished, for further assembly. The gold-blanks that are rejected, and foundry castings are not 100%, go back to the Furnaces to be repoured.

This scenario is highly simplified, but gives you a notion of the complexity of the process. As about $18 Billion of gold bullion is involved, significant added costs are incurred for Plant Security, armed security guards, “security watching the valuables and each other, throughout all these processes.

Apple is processing this gold presently in effort for their April 2015 release to their retail stores for sale. Apple is also presently installing into the Common Carriers, Apple Distribution Centers, and Apple Retail Stores, specially designed VAULTS and ALARM Systems to protect the Apple Watch Boxed Inventory.

Apple Watch Edition, Lets take the iWatch apart piece-by-piece, financially speaking. Let’s assume that the Edition Watch may contain 37.5gm of 24k Gold and the Apple Watch electronics module is the same module used universally with all three of the AppleWatch tiers.

Apple Watch Financial Array. The bullet-points below display the cost analysis for the Apple Watch [gold] Edition, all Edition iWatches are gold cased watches.

Current Spot-Gold price. Assuming the iWatch pure-gold content is 37.5gm of gold watch-case (our guesstimate) when formulated to 18k gold metal-alloy. If Apple’s Gold Alloy procedure starts with 37.5gm of 24k Gold, as 24k gold metal is fabricated into 18k Gold by adding presumably precise amounts of Silver, Copper and Zinc, therefore watch-case (without internals) would then weigh 50gm, due to the additional 12.5gm of Apple’s unique mix of metals, blended in its Alloy-Furnaces. FYI, currently (as of 2/27/2015) spot-gold is hovering between $1204 to $1219 per troy ounce. Recall the under-side of the iWatch is stainless-steel which seals the watch-cased Computer module, Lithium Polymer battery, and houses 4 biometric sensor components.

Apple with its team of the best Metallurgists on the planet, have developed several unique 18k Gold formulations that delivers 18k Gold Alloys with custom Colors offering greater Gold hardness and durability unique to Apple. Typically 18k Gold is “softer” making it more prone to scratching and scuffing, showing greater signs of wear, than with traditional 14k Gold alloy formulations.

The Most Common 18k Gold Colors and Formulations are Displayed in this article with graphics and charts showing. The common alloys of elemental Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc in various levels of concentrations. Notice in the 12 Gold Colors Chart, Yellow Gold contains Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc with Gold representing 75% of the Alloy. To produce Rose colored Gold, the formulation contains only three elements: Gold, Silver, and Copper, removing Zinc. It will be very interesting to know the precise Formulation of Elements Apple’s team of metallurgists have chosen to create its unique Colors and Hardness, never seen before in the Gold Industry.

Apple is Reinventing the Watch. One should not be surprised that when Apple committed to a Watch-Wearable product, again Apple is REINVENTING the business of Gold Wearable Watches. From the images that Apple has displayed, and as presented in this article, Apple has created several striking 18k Gold Colors never seen in the industry. My bet is the brilliance of the gold colors is not simply a photoshop magic act, their unique Gold colors will be even more striking up close and personal, when the buying public visualized the Apple Watch in their Retail Stores.

As a reference, a typical ROLEX watch and bracelet uses 150gm of Gold; however, the gold is contained in the base Watch plus its hefty Bracelet. The Rolex bracelet accounts for a significant portion of the total gold metal package.

Apple Watch Computer module $200, the same module in all Apple Watches
Apple Watch Edition’s gold uses 37.5gm 24k Gold valued at $1500 for an 18k Gold formulation, presently spot-gold is $1205/gm [math: (37.5/31.1) x $1205 = $1500 the cost of the gold component]
Apple Watch Form, Jewlers add “Form” value to the price of its jewelry creations, say $2300
Apple Edition Band, say $500
Apple Watch Edition retail price = $4500 (math: $200 + $1500 + $150 + $2300 + $500)

Specifically, people in the supply-line familiar with this topic claim Apple has commenced production of about 6 million Apple Watches many weeks ago, for the iWatch’s first quarterly production-run; just over half of the production is earmarked for the Sport model, with a third of the production-run allocated for the middle-segment stainless-steel Apple Watch, with the balance is the Top-Tier Edition production, about 10% for the Apple Watch [Gold] Edition models.

Apple Watch Edition impact on Global Gold Supply. One more thing, lets have some fun in determining what Apple Watch Edition sales may have on the World’s supply for gold. Here are some givens to consider
 Apple Watch facts and conversion factors: there are 31.1gm in 1.00 Troy Ounce, there are 32,150.75 Troy ounces in one Metric Ton, Global production of Gold is 2500 Metric Tons annually, spot-gold price currently hovering around $1205 per troy ounce
 Apple is currently produce 500,000 gold Edition Apple Watch units as its initial quarterly production-run
 Apple Watch Edition ramps up production to 1 million Apple Watch units monthly [or more] as demand dictates
 Apple Watch Edition requires 37.5gm of pure 24k Gold for each iWatch, guesstimated
 Apple Watch Edition utilized 1.2058 Troy ounces of Gold per Apple Watch Edition, extrapolation of a guesstimate
 Apple Watch Edition will consume 14,469,453 troy ounces of Gold in its First fiscal Year of production, equating to 450 Metric Tons of 24k Gold/Yr, which equates to over 5x Rolex’s current Gold consumption
 Apple will Buy $18.086 Billion per Year for 24k Gold Bullion to built its Gold Edition Watches, base on current assumptions and spot-gold prices
 Apple Edition Watch Gold will place a New Demand for 20% of the total annual global Gold production
 Reference #1. Rolex sells $4.7 billion in gold watches yearly, from an estimated 600,000 Rolex watch sales. Rolex watches average 150gm or 4.82 troy ounces of Gold per watch, equating to 2.894 million troy ounces, or 90 Metric Tons Gold/annually
 Reference #2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York stores on average 7,000 metric tons of Gold Bullion in its Manhattan vault.

 By Mid-April, 2015, we are expecting over 50,000 Apple Watch Apps on the AppStore. Currently, for an average iPhone user there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We currently have 418 Apps on my iPhone 6 Plus and 300 Apps on Marilyn’s iPhone 6 Plus. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch may have 75 Apps per Apple Watch. There may likely be no single killer app for Apple Watch when the iWatch is released (other than the iWatch Configuration App) as each user will have their “own set of Killer Apps.” One way to look at this new “Wearable” is that the consumer is getting 75 different devices housed in one Apple Watch. Several Analysts are projecting that Apple may sell over 40 million Apple Watches in 1st the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.

Many of the Apple Watch details are still unconfirmed, typical for Apple product releases, most notably the three-tired segment pricing, Apple Watch may be the revenue growth driver Apple needs for this April-Quarter, typically a relatively modest earnings period.

Apple’s Sports Watch is configured with an satin Aluminum case with a variety of elastomer sports water resistant bands. The Apple Watch is housed in highly polished hardened Stainless Steel with two colors, with a number of elegant bracelets. For the fashion minded, the Apple Watch Edition is encased in a highly polished and hardened Gold case accompanied with appealing bracelets. If our guesstimates are correct, this new Wearable product-line may have significant implications for year-over-year revenue growth at the company.

If the last eight quarterly financial reports are an indication, Apple may benefit handsomely with this mid-year revenue accelerator. The first fiscal-quarter (Apple’s fourth calendar quarter) is where Apple has really outperformed, growing revenue nearly 30% year-over-year.

Led by the newest iterations of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, most notably Apple smashed all expectations and accordingly propelled the $AAPL stock to all-time highs, with no end in sight. Not to mention that many of the largest Investment Banking firms’ analysts increasing the Target Pricing to $150/share and seemingly other analysts concurring with increased share target pricing.

Apple’s mid-year quarterly performance are generally less impressive then Apple’s first quarter results. And while it is important to note that 5% to 6% year-over-year growth is still amazing for a huge company pushing nearly $200 billion in revenues, with an Apple Watch earnings injection during the seasonally slower quarters should be an additional catalyst for Apple’s stock trading prices.

As you may know, one of the Apple “low” growth quarters is the third fiscal quarter, that typically starts April 1st. With an iWatch April release date expected, the Apple Watch may be most felt during this quarter. Assuming forecasts are close to reality, Apple generally errs on the conservative side with their projections. The Apple Watch may add roughly 16.8% growth to the quarter year-over-year, considering all other product sales factors constant. However, being rather bullish on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these “slower” seasonal quarters may be “not so slow” as usually expected by the “talking heads.”

The Big Question: Which Watch is for You? With the start of the New Year the specialty Watch Makers like Montblanc, Longines, Baume & Mercier, and others announce and display their new creations to the public.

Watches – Which is Best for You Comparing a robust “mans” chronograph with a modern gold iWatch with a red-band is eye catching, the primary purpose. However, when one acquires Mechanical-Chronographs with Complications in its Face, other than the watch-band, your use and visuals are Fixed. With iWatch other than your choice of the Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum alloy case, all else may be changed including the bands.

With the iWatch, Fixed only applies to your choice of how tall the watch body is, either 38mm or 42mm, and your choice of metal, Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum… all else you may change. The Watch Face may look anyway you desire, with Complications or not, thousands of possibilities, that you may change anytime. Directly under iWatch’s highly polished scratch-proof Sapphire Crystal, is a brilliant OLEM retina touch-display.

iWatch Face may display whatever information you desire, Day, Date, Graphics, Animations, iMessages, eMail, Weather, your next Calendar event, an incoming Call or Text, the position of Planet Earth in its solar system, your Heart rate, your Friend’s Heart Rate, anything or everything you desire, including the local Time. Want the Second-Hand on an analog face, turn it on or off. Want Digital or Analog time display, Want the Day/Date, turn these on or off, as you desire. Bands and Materials may be easily changed, choose from Leather bands, Stainless, Links, Sports elastomer Bands, however your use and venue dictates. Have a sports band for daily use, and have a elegant band for evening wear. You may easily change the iWatch Band, with no tools whatsoever.

iWatch Graphics. These two graphics shows the 42mm and 38mm iWatch faces and an overlay. The 38mm iWatch face graphic has an Overlay (the blue left and bottom edges) highlighting the 42mm iWatch face to show the size comparisons.

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. After completing the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook mentioned just “One more thing…” a famous Steve Jobs saying, and went on to Announce the Apple Watch. This Video Link takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announces the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces a new innovative reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple Watch certainly is not intended for everyone, neither is the Montblanc, a more limited audience for sure. Lets face it, “old fashioned electro-mechanical” wrist watches have an appeal to more mature affluent audiences, while possess “retro attraction” to the yuppie millennials. However, these classic mechanicals may be 42mm in diameter by 12mm, fragile, relatively expensive, and many amazingly keep terrible time. The iWatch has a 42mm face that rests 12mm on your wrist, and a second iWatch model of 38mm.

Apple Watch embodies many interesting aspects, as under its highly polished Sapphire Crystal is a brilliant OLED very high resolution “retina” touch-screen, that may Display hundreds of possible iWatch Faces. I’m imagining that the iWatch face is a rounded-rectangular shape so that the four-corners may house miniature Informative-Icons, or other Graphic Signals, or not.

Apple Watch’s Display is Strategic, meaning that with careful software graphics capabilities, one may design a “Perpetual Calendar Chronograph” digital iWatch face with unlimited complications, being mindful not to make it too confusing. On the other hand, one may choose an uncluttered iWatch face, or something in between, all user selectable.

🍎⌚️ Apple Engineers Completing iWatch Software. Apple has ceded the 4th beta of its iOS8.2 software today, largely dealing with the iWatch interface and its connectivity with iPhones. Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s complex iOS operating system software.

🍎⌚️ Sources familiar with iWatch development say the Apple Watch is currently ahead of schedule and on track to ship in the United States in March according to 9to5MAC, who has a very good track record and sources, in predicting product releases. Apple previously stated that the wearable product will ship in “early 2015” certainly not a very precise phrase.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch engineers have been “polishing up” the iWatch iOS operating system and putting the device’s Battery through very extensive testing. Apple engineers have also been “working overtime to improve the inductive charging system necessary for “contact-less” charging-up the device’s internal Lithium Polymer, LiON battery each night.” Tim Cook stated during an October 2014 press event that: “We think you’re going to end up charging the Apple Watch daily. Overnight, that’s what we think.”

iWatch Show-Floor DemoThis link shows an on-floor Apple-Show 5 minute raw employee-demo of the use and settings of the iWatch: http://youtu.be/rwv-3wZocK4.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey. Notice the Graph above drawn from the statistics from a recent extensive survey (conducted by finance company Credit Suisse) of current iPhone owners approximately
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Buy iWatch
⌚️ 10% of iPhone Owners will Probably Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will May Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will Probably Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 100% of iPhone Owners that are Considering the Purchase of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation Assumptions . Lets extrapolate these statistics further. For the 10% of those stating they will Probably Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy, lets estimate that if 1000 people in the Apple Store stated they Probably will buy, lets say 500 of the 1000, about 1/2 of this group, will actually buy the iWatch; Similarly, For the 27% of those stating they will May Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy; lets estimate that if 2700 people in the Apple Store stated they are Maybe Buyers, lets say 700 of the 2700, about 1/4th of this group will actually buy the iWatch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation. Using the logic and assumptions above, lets restate three of the above groups of Likely Buyers, Probable Buyers, and Maybe Buyers, into a Single grouping of what we’ll call “Very Likely” Buyers
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Definitely Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 5% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Probably Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 7% of iPhone Owners that stated they May Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 30% of iPhone Owners therefore are “Very Likely” Buyers of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ Your Wait for Apple Watch may be over… sooner than you may have thought. According to news reports, Apple Watch iOS version software has been finalized. Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Apple Watch wearable device is on track for a March 2015 release timeframe, although no specific date is available. These news reports trim the previous timeline quite a bit. Fairly soon you may see long lines forming outside at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. I witnessed the unruly lines at 2am outside Apple’s Boca Raton store for the iPhone 6 Friday morning release, September 19, 2014.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch wearable device is on track for March, 2015 release, although no more detail on a specific release date is currently known. These news reports trim the timeline, and provide more precision on the iWatch release, then you’ll see the long lines forming at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. Prior to this News, Apple stated an imprecise phrase “Early 2015” as the iWatch release schedule. Another Senior Corporate spokesperson was even more vague stating a “Spring 2015” iWatch release schedule. Take a moment to view these beautifully produced Apple Watch videos.

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production will begin this month, January, 2015, whereas the iWatch was once scheduled to be rolling off Apple contracted lines in February.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production Orders. Apple has reportedly ordered 24 million iWatches from their contracted supplier, Quanta. In response to this relatively strong initial production order, Quanta has increased its workforce five-fold, increasing it from 2,000 workers to 10,000 workers. It’s expected that Quanta will then double again its workforce to 20,000 as the Apple Watch develops its sales momentum as 2015 progresses.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million unit Initial Production Order. One may consider a 24 million initial order seemingly aggressive; However, if recent polling is correct, 24 million iWatches may be on the mark or somewhat conservative. Current polling indicates that about 10% of iPhone users are actually “Very Likely” to buy the Apple Watch; Combine this 10% in the “Very Likely” Group, with an even larger group of iWatch iFolks, that say they are “Somewhat Likely” may increase the total “Likely Buyers Group” by another 5%. If predictive of actual demand, this trend will stress the supply-line for the 24 million iWatch initial production order.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Time will Tell, this high level of predictive demand may give the impression of production constraints, although, having the effect of keeping iWatch stocks flowing out of Apple retail stores, as fast as inventory arrives. Our guess, for the initial 12 months that iWatch is available, there may be some 30 million to 38 million iWatches sold.

🍎⌚️ Think about it. IMHO, Apple “pre Announced” the Apple Watch in September last year for multiple purposes
(🍎) Apple Defines this new product’s concepts early, rather than the rumor-mills and leaks
(🍎🍎) Provides sufficient time for the market-place, the iPhone folks to digest this entirely new product concepts
(🍎🍎🍎) Six months of assimilation, the iWatch pre-announcement to its formal release, gives everyone time to imagine having this unique Wearable, a marketing marvel by Apple.

🍎⌚️ History of 2007 iPhone. Recall Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs on stage during Apple’s annual Macworld conference, announced Apple’s very first iPhone. Starting off with the words “We’re gonna make some history today” Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs tricked the audience by claiming he was going to introduce three new products: an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone and an Internet communications device, knowing that all three components were built into Apple’s newly Announced iPhone.

🍎⌚️ First iPhone Announcement. Similarly, when the Original iPhone was Announced January 9, 2007, 6 months later its was Release on June 29, 2007. This 6 months duration gave the World, the Market, the Apple Analysts, and Clients an “assimilation” period to digest The New iPhone Concept.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/qe68rx The iWatch presentation given September, 2014 is presently being “assimilated” just as the iPhone was exactly 8 years Ago, January 9, 2007 at its announcement. Presently, Apple has sold more than 530,000,000 iPhones, and is expected to sell some 220,000,000 iPhones this year.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/cd48rx The First iPhone, 8 years ago (21m:15s into the Macworld Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs the iPhone is Reinvented).

🎬 http://tiny.cc/zx48rx. The First iPad was Reinvented on April 3, 2010. In sum there are over 750,000,000 iPhones and iPads in circulation, by year-end 1,000,000,000 iDevices enhancing peoples lives.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million Production Schedule. The News Reports do not specifically outline the reasons for Apple moving iWatch production up; However, there were vague references that “production yield issues” have been resolved. This could be referring to either the LiON Battery, Sapphire Crystal, the Touch Display, or a mix of the three. If the iWatch is as popular as we think it will be, Apple will need as much of a production head-start as they can.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Display. The centerpiece of the Apple Watch is an bright AMOLED display (newly designed for Apple) that is estimated to be more costly than traditional LCD screens Apple uses in its iPhones and iPads, which are not AMOLED displays. According to Taiwan’s Apple Daily, the alleged terms of the Quanta deal limit Quanta from partnering with any competing device makers building wearable electronics. This News Report aligns with earlier rumors suggesting that Quanta had secured “exclusive manufacturing rights” for the Apple Watch, although some reporters are suggesting that Foxconn and Inventec may “muscle their way” into the iWatches’ supply chain.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Associate Training. iWatch training courses will commence February 9th through February 16th. The core training will take place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and a satellite office in Austin, Texas. Direct training will be given to one or two representatives from each of the 263 USA Apple Stores. At the completion of the iWatch Training, the Store Associates are then tasked to return to their Apple store, to train the Store sales staff. Apple has currently 444 retail stores operating in 16 countries, including 263 in the USA, plus an online store available in 39 countries.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Training is said to commence in early February; however, the Apple Watch release date is set for March. According to news reports, those who completed Direct Corporate Headquarters training will thereafter be training their Home-Based Apple store staff. This follow-up training will occur in the days just before the Apple Watch release Event. Apparently since Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told the pre-release iWatch story at the announcement of the iPhone 6 in September, 2014, Apple is not concerned with pre-release leaks from its 30,000 retail store associates.

🍎⌚️ iWatch, Apple Watch is the most personal iDevice ever. Apple’s goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible, more relevant and ultimately more personal.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first Apple product to be worn.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple took a very unusual step in pre-announcing an entirely new Product Category BEFORE it was ready for release. Granted, Apple announces its iPhones, iPads, MacBooks before actual product release; however, for these MAC and iDevices, there was a 7 to 11 day period one waited for delivery of the New product released. In contrast Apple “Announced” the AppleWatch in late September, 2014 concurrently with its iPhone 6 announcement; however, Apple indicated then, that the iWatch would be Available in “early 2015.”

🍎⌚️ Apple will release iWatch in Early 2015. I can imagine Five vocabulary words for defining “when” in 2015 other than mentioning a chosen Calendar Quarter or a particular Month. Apple could have used these Four phrases: Beginning, Early, Middle, Late 2015. Late 2015 could mean November-December 2015, Middle could indicate May-June-July 2015.

🍎⌚️ What does “Early 2015″ tell us? Since Apple chose not to use a particular Month like January 2015, January likely not what Apple had in mind. However, “Early, 2015″ could mean either February, March, or April. Lets Add one more factor. Apple’s reports its financial results on a fiscal basis, where its 1st fiscal Quarter is defined as December 1st through February 28. Since the iPhone 6 is selling strongly, perhaps Apple desires the AppleWatch to make its Sales-Splash beginning in March of 2015 the start of Apple’s 2nd fiscal quarter.

🍎⌚️ Apple – One thing I have learned about Apple… “Apple does everything on purpose, with all aspects thoroughly thought out.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Driven culturally to deliver. Apple is proud and patient with all product releases by “getting it right” technology-wise, market-wise, and timing-wise, getting most of the bugs out before the public see it, and before its critics see it. Apple may also desire to give its stable of independent developers, some time for iWatch Application (App) Development. Apple may desire the “kick off” the iWatch in its 2nd fiscal quarter of 2015.

🍎⌚️ Apple prefers to release new products on Friday for a Three-Day, Friday-Saturday-Sunday “weekend” sales splash. Looking at our Calendar, February 27, 28, March 1st, is the first weekend containing a March date; however, March 6, 7 and 8 is the first all March Weekend.

🍎⌚️ Apple Factoid to Consider. Apple is somewhat constrained in the fabrication of the Sapphire Crystals used on the WATCH and its WATCH EDITION product lines (the Sports models have hardened glass crystals not sapphire), Apple may be scheduling the Apple Watch in March giving sufficient time to build up a reasonable inventory of all the iWatch models. Its illogical for Apple to create huge anticipation, and not have a reasonable inventory of iWatch models to satisfy its Loyal Following.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Release Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015, total conjecture though, as we have NO internal sources whatsoever.

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. The iPhone is mentioned in this article, as the adoption of the iWatch may follow the adoption-history of the iPhone. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, 30 years after Motorola literally “invented” their very popular, however, expensive Star•TAC 8500XL. I bought this Motorola “Brick” 30 years ago for $4200 in 1985, weighing in at 28oz. I retained it as a souvenir of the times, then the most portable cellular phone.

🍎⌚️ 30 Million to 38 Million iWatch customers may be “voting” with their Wallets in its first 12 months of availability. Lets see how we get to these numbers. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, it showed an adoption rate of 11 million iPhones in its 1st fiscal year (21 million in the 2nd fiscal year, 39 million in year 3, 72 million in year 4, 125 million units sold in the 5th year of the iPhone). Our guess is the adoption rate of the AppleWatch may follow the growth rate history of the iPhone, as both devices (iPhone and iWatch) were totally new Apple products.

🍎⌚️ iPhones are currently selling at 72 million units per quarter, capturing 51.3% of all global smartphone activations, 3 Times that of Samsung’s. With about 469 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then say 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales… this are our guesstimates.

🍎⌚️ AppleWatch Likely Buyers. A recent survey by Quartz (QZ.com) shows that about 14% of iPhone Owners who indicated that they are either Very Likely, Likely and Somewhat Likely to buy the new iWatch this year; however, some 86% are not interested in adopting for the iWatch in 2015. The Quartz Survey chart is displayed for your review. Lets use this 14% extrapolation.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s recent Annual Report, iPhone Sales represents about $101.9 Billion in iPhone Sales, for 169.2 Million iPhone unit sales, amounts to an average iPhone sales price of $602.72/unit. If in fact for the first 12 months of iWatch sales, 14% of iPhone owners buy the AppleWatch, then about 23 million iWatches may be purchased.

🍎⌚️ 469,000 iPhones reportedly are in Circulation, remove the 169 million iPhones sold last year, lets consider the remaining 300 million iPhone owners that purchased iPhones in years before 2014. Lets assume just 5% of those remaining iPhone owners buy the iWatch, this would add 15 million of possible iWatch buyers. Combine these two assumptions 23 million + 15 million = 38 million iWatch sales may occur in the first 12 months of AppleWatch sales.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s creation of the iPhone seven years ago, Apple literally reinvented the mobile cellular phone, into a very crowded market; However Apple literally changed the Mobile Phone into a “SmartPhone” weighing in at 6oz and sized at 0.46″x2.4″x4.5″ that continues to be improved and enhanced, today with their iPhone 6 sized at 0.27″x2.6″x5.4″ and 6 Plus sized at 0.28″x3.1″x6.2″.

🍎 Today, January 9th is the 8th Anniversary for the First iPhone. This was a great Day for Apple and an incredible Proud Day for Steve Jobs!

🍎 See the First Look at the iPhone, 8 years ago: <u http://tiny.cc/jsl7rx (21m:50s into the Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs as the very First iPhone is Announced).

🍎 iWatch 🍎 Apple Watch – Apple’s Entry into Electronic Wearables

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. 22 years after the Motorola 8500XL known as “the Brick”, Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, which was so much more than a mobile phone, literally a “smartphone” weighing in at 6oz and about 1/4″ thin, 2.5″x0.26″x4.0″ that Apple continues to enhanced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s critics reported that Apple has no business getting into the mature field of experienced mobile phone makers.

🍎⌚️ In 7 years Apple has delivered 500,000,000 premium priced iPhones, and are now selling iPhone 6 and 6+ at a pace well over 200,000,000 yearly. Not a typo, Apple is currently selling premium iPhones at a pace of 72 million units reportedly per calendar quarter with a profit margin over 30%. Its been also been reported that, based on actual cellular activations, iPhone 6 models were 51.3% of all global smartphone sales in December, 2014, outselling Samsung 3-to-1. Marilyn and I each own the iPhone 6 Plus and love them.

🍎⌚️ Tablets. Similarly, tablets were available several years before Apple reinvented it with the iPad in 2010. Apple carefully examined how Apple could develop such a device that folks would really want and use. Apple’s critics again reported that Apple was waisting their energies on tablets into such a mature tablet-marketplace, where Apple would be lucky of it could sell 5 million units in a good year.

🍎⌚️ The market place “voted” with their Wallets as iPads are selling at a clip 60 million units yearly with over 250 million in use today. Marilyn has the iPad mini, fits perfectly in here handbag, and I have the iPad Air 2, fits perfectly into my nifty DECODED black leather case.

🍎⌚️ 30,000,000 iWatch sales may “vote” their Wallets in 2015. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, they show an adoption rate of 11 million units in its 1st fiscal year (21 million 2nd fiscal year, 39 million 3rd year, 72 million 4th year, 125 million 5th year) compared to current iPhone sales of 72 million units per quarter. With about 450 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales, your guess thereafter…

🍎⌚️ Watch. Some Watch history. The watch which was developed in the 16th century (circa 1530) was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears which moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel. Most of the subsequent 500 year history of watches was devoted to refining the mechanical watch.

🍎⌚️ The Quartz Watch in the 1960s, which ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal, proved a radical departure for the industry. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches, an event referred to as the “quartz crisis”. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.

🍎⌚️ The origin of the word “Watch” is that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).

🍎⌚️ First watches were strictly mechanical, driven by spring-powered clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals, producing accurately timed electronic pulses. Some watches use radio-clock-technology to regularly correct the time. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970, the Pulsar LED.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple again, is reinventing the Watch, certainly entering a very mature field, dating back to the 16th century, 500 years ago and the “electronic” watch of 1970’s, some 50 years in the making. Apple’s entry into the “Watch” arena may be similar to its entry into Mobile Phones, when it made cell phones literally “Smart.” With the iWatch, Apple will be making the timekeeping wearable very “Smart” too.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple has created three venues for their Wearable: Apple Watch, Sports, and the Edition, each containing many designs, metals, and bands, generating thousands of possibilities to reach a huge audience, with no compromise with its core capability. Presently I am wearing a RADO for the past 10 years, loving it. However, with the release of the Apple Watch, I’m highly motivated towards the Apple Watch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone Connection. A significant capability of the iWatch is its connectivity with the iPhone. Think about it, all of the iPhone’s: rote Computing power, SIRI, sensors, GPS, Internet, WiFi, 3G, 4G, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, its Processor, Memory, its Apps are available to and from the iWatch. Literally thousands of developers are having a “field-day” imagining all the capability and connectivity between your iPhone, your iWatch, and everyone else’s iWatch and iPhone.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A simple example. Imaging the ladies that have an iPhone in their purse, or the guy with his iPhone in a briefcase, its ringer is off, to not disturb their surroundings. The iPhone receives an important telephone call. With the iPhone’s connectivity to the iWatch, the iWatch’s underside, sends a tympanic (“tap” or two) onto your wrist, notifying you of an incoming voice call, text, or upcoming calendar event…

🍎⌚️ Rotate your wrist a bit to glance at who’s calling you… To ignore the Call or Text, (lets say you are sitting at a conference table taking notes and participating with 12 others), simply cover your wrist with your other hand, which signals iWatch to ignore the Connection… or, answer the Call on the iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch you may answer the telephone call speak and listen through the iWatch’s internal miniature speaker and microphone… you may then transfer the call to your iPhone, as the call may be lengthly, knowing its worth the effort to retrieve the iPhone from your purse or briefcase. Alternatively, if you didn’t want to receive this call, you could send a text message to that caller from your AppleWatch, texting that: “I will return the call once you’re out of the meeting, I’m on my Way, I’ll call you in and hour….”

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone An ApplePay example. You are at Walgreens and want to pay for your personal supplies and Meds, instead of finding your Wallet and extracting a traditional Plastic Credit Card, or instead of finding your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, with its new ApplePay capability… just reach-out to position your iWatch close to the Walgreens cash-register’s NCF transceiver terminal, and your iWatch will communicate with your iPhone, and Walgreens Store… you can select the CC you desire and authorize payment, using the touch-display of your iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A Camera example. You have a terrific group shot to capture with your iPhone, you prop up the iPhone on the dining room table… to get in the shot you could let a stranger snap the shot for you, or you could, leave the iPhone on the dining room table, while you position yourself in the Shot, then LOOK at your APPLE WATCH, where you can actually see the image like looking into a “viewfinder” and then snap the shot or two, once everyone settles into a good pose. Once the image is captured you can see the result on the display of your AppleWatch. These examples do not even mention all the HEALTH capabilities.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. AppleWatch wearable is a Technology Marvel, making it possible to package microchips, sensors, graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, Firmware, Software, Apps… into one highly styled shock and water resistant wearable, that will “Tell a lot more than Time.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Heavily Invested with reInventing the Watch, which electronic watch industry has been tinkering with since the 1970’s.

🍎⌚️ Viewing Apple’s web-pages devoted to introducing the 2015 AppleWatch, you’ll get the message that Apple is deeply committed to having the masses add to their existing wearables, and encouraging others that don’t don wearables, may now do so.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

First Portion of this Article briefly highlights traditional high-value electro-mechanical time pieces, priced from $3,500 to over $50,000 followed by reporting on Apple’s unique contribution to the Watch arena, priced from $350 to several $Thousand. [Apple has not published their pricing as of this writing.]

Montblanc is now one of the most exciting brands under Richemont’s wide umbrella, thanks in no small part to Jerome Lambert’s leadership, the man who played a key role in making Jaeger-LeCoultre the powerhouse that it is today.

With SIHH 2015 Conference on January 19th, http://tiny.cc/r8wdsx, The SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE, where watch makers released details of there latest watch offerings, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, among others.

Montblanc’s Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes with a 41mm diameter case, available in 18k red gold (priced at $17,000) and stainless steel for the “wealthy wannabes” including polished bezel, with a horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The band-lug, which curve quite steeply, have the same satin treatment.

Montblanc’s Heritage Case thickness is 12mm, which is not thin, but entirely acceptable, as the mechanical movement was not developed from scratch, apparently the “movement” was purchased from a true watch maker’s previous invention. [Editorial remark: one would think for a $17k end product, Montblanc would design a unique watch movement for this release.]

Montblanc’s joining this first-rate array of watches for 2015 is the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarrum, featuring an in-house developed worldtime complication (more on this later). Worldtimers are not all that uncommon, but are notoriously tricky to get right. There is a lot of information to display, and if the designers and engineers are not careful, the dial can easily become way too busy, to be easily legible.

Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time, has done it right with one of the best examples of a well-designed worldtimer.

Watches worthy of mention are Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Worldtimer, Girard-Perregaux’s Traveller WW.TC And Moon Phase, which has chronograph functions to boot, (priced at $52,000) or (€44,000). [now that’s a bargain.] Like the Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar before it, this new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is also “very attractively priced” [not my words], in red gold, this watch will retail for $17,000 or (€14,400); and in stainless steel, the price is a very tempting $6,100 or (€5,175), [not really?]

☎️📞📡🍎 Marilyn and I will likely select iWatch styles, and take advantage of what seems to be an amazing step forward in personal wearable devices.

☎️📞📡🍎 Take a moment and watch several of Apple’s excellently produced videos at these locations.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/
🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

☎️📞📡🍎 Many Reasons for regular folks to take a hard look at the Apple Watch priced from $400 to thousands, depending on metal.

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes in a 41mm case – available in 18k red gold and stainless steel – with polished bezel and horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The lugs, which curve quite steeply, have the same treatment. Case thickness is around 12mm, which is a little on the thick side, but entirely acceptable, since the movement was not developed from scratch. At $17,000 what a bargain. NOT.

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Delray Beach 47th St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 2015, Rejoicing Irish Heritage and Honoring National and International Firefighters 🍀🍀🍀🍀 🍀🍀🍀🍀

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🍀 Delray Beach 47th St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 2015, rejoicing Irish heritage and honoring the service of the International Firefighters. The 2015 parade ran about 2 hours, started at 2pm, and drew massive crowds viewing the Marching Pipe & Drum Bands from around the world, and other parade entries.

🍀 In past years, marching firefighter bands from Dublin, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Canada and Australia have joined the festivities and traditionally play at the Irish Siamsa and Party.

🍀 Join the fun captured March 14th, 2015 for one of the Nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and pay tribute to the brave Firefighters across the globe. There are hundreds of Photographs and Video clips.

🍀 Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of this exciting St. Patrick’s Day Parade click onto this link. There are over 500 images and a HDTV video assembled using my trusty iPad using iMovie. Once you enter the site below, click onto the images that have ▶️ symbol to start the Video of the Pipes and Drums marching bands, totally amazing. We posted the images yesterday afterenoon (just 20 hours ago) and have already received over 7,000 visitors.

http://www.416-1100.com/Civic-and-Public-Events/St-Patricks-Day-Delray-47th

🍀 Images were captured on Atlantic Avenue looking West from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge to Delray’s City Center. The same ocean of people visible looking west, showing Tens of Thousands of Visitors to this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this being the 47th Annual Celebration. An estimated 150,000 attended this year’s event, the largest crowd since we’ve been covering this event over the past 10 years.

🍀 Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates weekend-long festivities with a two day Siamsa (Irish Variety Show) and Party, featuring Irish step dancing, traditional pipe & drum bands, Irish storytelling, tales of Celtic Mythology, food, beer, live music and ending with the Celtic tradition of the Circle of Lights.

🍀 Master Leprechaun, the original Jack Ryan, the Bard of Belmar, Shanachie of the Irish Riviera and the Jersey Shore’s Storyteller extraordinaire. Professor Ryan is an encyclopedia of all things Irish and sure to educate and entertain. The Irish Siamsa takes place in Downtown Delray Beach at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at the corner of Atlantic & Swinton Avenue. Festivities begin at 5:00 PM, Friday, March 13th and continue on through Saturday evening in conjunction with the Parade.

🍀 Images with an “Arrow” symbol at the center are short HDTV video clips. “Left click” onto an image at left with an “Arrow” symbol, then move over to the larger image at right that appears, “Left Click” again; a new window will appear with the Video image. Notice that there are several Video sizes you may select depending on your computer Monitor, MAC, iPads, iPhones, or video capable Cell phone. (iPads are best) If you are not sure of the result select “Auto.”

🍀 Video files and Photographs are down-loadable to your computer. Depending on your connection speed, the Video down-load may take a 5-20 seconds to commence. Once down-loaded, Play it again for smoother display. The longest clip is less than 3 minutes in length. Come back again.

🍀 Canon equipment was used EOS 70D featuring 24 mega pixel Images and HDTV video clips, high resolution 1920x1080p 30fps videos, coupled with SONY ECM-CG50BP ShotGun Microphone, and ZAGUTO viewfinder. Our secondCamera is a Canon D650 coupled to a Canon image stabilized 18mm-135mm Zoom EFS Lens, (a 29mm-216mm equivalent lens). Images were stored in camera using two SanDisk Extreme SDHC 32GB data cards. (Note the Canon D650 lens kit is Half the price of the Canon 70D and delivers amazing images.

🍀 Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of this exciting St. Patrick’s Day Parade click onto this link. There are over 500 images and a HDTV video assembled using my trusty iPad using iMovie. Once you enter the site below, click onto the images that have ▶️ symbol to start the Video of the Pipes and Drums marching bands, totally amazing.

http://www.416-1100.com/Civic-and-Public-Events/St-Patricks-Day-Delray-47th

🍀 If you choose to use these these images for other than your peresonal enjoyment, please provide photo credit to Jim and Marilyn Wilson, principles of http://www.416-1100.com. If you are interested in having us cover your event please be free to contact JimWilson at 416.1100@gmail.com or by telephone at 561-416-1100.



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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook calls into CNBC’s Jim Cramer MAD MONEY on TV show 

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 Apple’s CEO Tim Cook telephoned into CNBC financial entertainment show staring Jim Cramer, to congratulate him its 10 years of Cramer’s “Mad Money” high energy cable TV financial talk show, which injects wild hysteria and comedy rage, into the generally “buttoned-down gray pinstriped” world of financial news.

 CRAMER and COOK exchanged complements, with Cramer replying, “I want to congratulate you for running the greatest company on earth, and for creating such amazing wealth, and the best products on earth for everybody. You have done a remarkable job, Tim. I am honored that you’re calling in.”

Listen to Tim Cook calling into Jim Cramer’s MAD MONEY animated Show broadcast Thursday March 12, 2015, below is the direct Link. The very interesting segment runs for 7:55. If you have not tuned into any of Apple’s quarterly conference calls (the next quarterly conference call is April 24 at 5pm EDT) this quick CNBC clip will give you a sense of Tim Cook impressive exchange with an interview.

➡️ http://player.theplatform.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&byGuid=3000361340&size=640_360#

 Cook says in the interview that Cramer is “a champion for American innovation” and said further “…at Apple we love the fact that you highlight innovation as a centerpiece of your show…” Cook used his ostensibly “surprise” appearance to tout the company’s new Research Kit initiative and Apple Pay payments, which he noted that Cramer had earlier predicted that Apple’s iPhone, Apple Pay, and Health Kit would “take the country by storm.”

 Cook said “and it is doing it!” adding that he hoped Cramer’s own Bar San Miguel would soon begin accepting Apple Pay, to which Cramer shouted “Done! Done!” The two discussed global currency fluctuations (“Currency’s clearly a problem,” Cook said, “but frankly the best companies will figure out a way to manage it”);

 CRAMER mentioning the legacy of Steve Jobs, COOK said “…there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Steve… and Steve Jobs is still… the core part of Apple. His DNA is deep in the company. And his office is still next to mine, with his name on the door. And the values that he placed in here, and sort of the spirit that we are here to make the very best products in the world that enrich peoples’ lives, that is still the centerpiece of this company.”

 CRAMER trading more complements with COOK, Cramer told his audience, “I revere Tim Cook. And I revere Apple. I am so proud that they are an American company. I am proud to be an American. Happy Anniversary, everybody! Ten years of making you money continues. That was Tim Cook on the phone! Holy Cow! We’re just getting started! ‘Mad Money’ tonight!”

Who is Jim Cramer. James J. “Jim” Cramer (born February 10, 1955) is an American television personality, a former hedge fund manager, and a best-selling author. Cramer is the host of CNBC’s Mad Money and a co-founder and chairman of TheStreet.com, Inc.

Cramer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in government. Cramer began his involvement with journalism in college, working for The Harvard Crimson, and rising to become its president. After graduation, Cramer worked in several entry-level reporting jobs.

Cramer later earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. Cramer was one of the first reporters at American Lawyer. During his years at Harvard Law School, Cramer worked as a research assistant for Alan Dershowitz. He assisted Dershowitz’s campaign to acquit alleged murderer Claus von Bülow despite the fact that Cramer admitted to himself that von Bülow was “supremely guilty.” Cramer was admitted to the New York Bar in 1985.

Cramer co-founded TheStreet.com, Inc. in 1996 with The New Republic editor Martin Peretz, one of his hedge fund’s original clients. Cramer is currently a market commentator and adviser to the TheStreet.com, and is its second-largest shareholder. Cramer also manages a charitable trust stock portfolio which is tied to TheStreet.com through a paid subscription service called the Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio. Cramer owns a 10% stake of TheStreet, the market value of which hit a high of $1.7 billion listed on NASDAQ.

Apple hosted its Important Apple Watch Event March 9th, 2015. Apple Sprang Forward – WATCH Available April 24, PreOrder online April 10th.

Apple Watch is likely “the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the over 30 crowd” as many switch to the iWatch. For Millennials, Apple Watch may be their First Watch, as the 13 to 30 year olds don’t wear Watches, they tell time with iPhone.

Apple Watch is a Companion to Apple’s iPhone (not an iPhone replacement). Apple has now sold and delivered 700 Million iPhones world wide.

Apple Watch Sales Projection. We now know the pricing for the Three Tiers of Apple Watch Models and Bands. Accordingly, I’ve dusted off my trusty HP19BII Calculator. Below are our projections for the sales of the initial production of 6 million Apple Watches. We’ve projected 3.5 million Apple Sports Watches will be sold plus 2,000,000 mid-tier Apple Watches and 500,000 Apple Edition Watches, as the product sales-mix; of course our figures are not factual whatsoever.

Listen to Tim Cook calling into Jim Cramer’s MAD MONEY Show this Tuesday March 10, 2015, below is the direct Link:

➡️ http://player.theplatform.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&byGuid=3000361340&size=640_360#

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Sports Watch Tier. The largest number of sales will likely occur for the Sports Watch. The 38mm watch will sell for $350 and the 42mm watch will sell for $400, we will assume that the sales will occur evenly between these two Sports Watches, resulting in an ASP, Average Selling Price of $375.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Apple Watch Tier. The Apple Watch will sell at $550 for the lowest priced Apple Watch, leading to a top price of $1100 for the Stainless Steel Bracelet band, leading us to a Weighted ASP of $750.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Edition Watch Tier. The Apple Edition Watch will sell at $10,000 for the lowest priced Apple Edition Watch, leading to a top price of $18,000 for the 18k Gold with the Gold Buckle Band, leading us to a weighted ASP of $12,500. Weighting these top-tier luxury models is the most difficult to project, therefore we chose to be conservative with an Weighted estimate ASP of $12,500.

Apple Watch Weighted Average Selling Price for Three Tiers of Apple Watch unit sales. If these projection have merit, then the Sports Watch will sell to 3,500,000 customers for a total of $1.312 Billion in gross sales. The Apple Watch will sell to 2,000,000 customers for a total of $1.500 Billion in gross sales, and the Apple Edition (Gold) Watch will sell to 500,000 customers for a total of $6,250 Billion in gross sales. The weighted average selling price is skewed upwards, largely because of the 500,000 Gold Edition Watches that may sell for an average selling price of $12,500 each, therefore
 Overall ASP for all tiered Apple Watch models is $1,510.

Apple Watch Gross Sales and Profits projected. Using the resulting Gross sales figures above, all three Tiers will generate $9.062 Billion in sales for this new Apple Watch product. If Apple achieves say 45% profit margin, which is likely profit margin for a wearable product, then Apple’s Gross Profit may approach $4.078 Billion per Quarter, or $16.3 Billion Annually, or $1.36 Billion per Month. There are not many S&P 500 Companies that generate this profit level.

Apple Watch Gross Sales projections in Perspective. The 6,000,000 unit Sales of Apple Watch projected, is based on just 2.75% of the 218,181,000 customers (current number of iPhone 5 + iPhone 5S + 5C + iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus users) actually buy the Apple Watch sometime during the next 12 months from launch day, 24 April 2015.

Lets Play some Apple Watch Math Games. If the number of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 buyers increases by just 1.00%, then the Number of Apple Watch Sales increases by 2,181,800 unit sales, generating an additional Gross Profit of $1.488 Billion Quarterly, or about $5.931 Billion/year represented by 4.0% of the iPhone 5+ iPhone 6 users.

Apple Watch Math Games Summarized. Therefore for each 1% of iPhone Users that buy Apple Watch, about $6 Billion in annual Gross profit is added to Apple’s Financial Results. Similarly if 5% of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users buy Apple Watch, then Apple enjoys about $30 Billion in annual Gross Profits. It will be most interesting to look back at this Article (a year from now) in review of Apple’s actual Apple Watch 2016 annual results.

Apple critics screamed in January of 2007 “Apple is a Computer company and has no business getting into the crowded, experienced mobile-phone arena.” However, Apple methodically reinvented the smartphone, released it June, 2007 fortunately ignoring all their critics. iPhone sales soared to 74.5 million for the 90 day period ending 12/31/2014, and are projected to sell 225 million iPhones for Apple’s fiscal 2015.

Apple again was criticized, similarly in 2010, for entering the crowed, mature Tablet marketplace… good thing Apple ignored that advice, as it again reinvented the Tablet with its iPad, having delivering 225,000,000 units.

Apple iPhone/iPad sales combined total about 925,000,000 iPhones and iPads have been sold into a crowded, competitive, mature marketplace. Apple has also earned a 99% Customer Satisfaction rating, unheard of in this industry. Critics are similarly questioning the wisdom of the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch represents the 2015 moment in time, “likely the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the 35 and over crowd” as many Apple iPhone owners switch to the iWatch for regular wear. For the Millennials, the Apple Watch will likely be their First Watch, as these 13-to-30 year olds largely do not wear Watches, noticing the time of day with their iPhones.

Apple Watch’s success is directly related to the percentage of Apple iPhone Users desire the added convenience of the Apple Watch. Keep in mind, Apple product owners have demonstrated, they are willing to pay the Premium Price for Apple’s superior products.

Pre-Orders for the Apple Watch begin April 10 in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom. The Apple Watch will be available for preview, and try-on by appointment, at Apple’s retail stores, and available for preorder through the Apple Online Store.

Retail Store Sales for the Apple Watch begin on April 24. The Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom.

Extensive Apple owner surveys tell us, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 owners, about 220 million strong, about 10% to 15% are definitely interested in the Apple Watch within 90 days of its release. Those Surveyed as “definitely interested” in buying an Apple Watch in 90 days, translates into an Apple Watch sale, the simple math projects about 22 million to 33 million Apple Watch sales may result in the 12 month period from April 24, 2015.

 This Link takes directly to the Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/watch/

Apple Watch Magic. The AppleWatch pairs with your iPhone, so when messages, calls, texts, emails, tweets, FB posts, and calendar appointment reminders come to you, you will not have to dig in your purse, pocket or briefcase, for your iPhone. With the iWatch you simply rotate your wrist 30 degrees into your view, to glance at who’s attempting to communicating with you.

Apple Watch’s Simple gestures permits you to communicate, or take the phone call, if the call will likely be extended, now you know its worth the effort to get your iPhone in hand, and talk from it, the call being seamlessly captured by your iPhone.

Apple Watch App. The airline industry is delivering your Boarding Pass to your iWatch too. Fumbling for the iPhone or paper boarding passes to get through AirPort Security now becomes obsolete with Apple Watch. Same for Hotels, thousands are changing their room-lock-electronics to accept your iWatch to unlock your Hotel-Room, no more metal keys, the end of swiping plastic-coaded cards. The list goes on and on with Apple Watch.

 To view the Apple Media Event that was broadcasted at 1:00pm Eastern on March 9th, 2015 below is a convenient LINK for this very interesting and informative Apple Products Show.

http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/

 Notice the slides of the most recent, the 21st Apple retail store in China. Apple will be adding another 19 retail stores in china this year.

Apple opened its first retail store in Beijing China in 2008. The country has quickly become one of Apple’s most important retail markets, thanks to a growing middle class eager to own the company’s high-end iPhone smartphones, iPads and Mac Book computers. Recently reported China represents 20% of Apple retail sales globally, and Apple has earned a 25% market-share in SmartPhone sales.

Apple Orchestrates its worldwide Magazine Publicity debut of the Apple Watch. These efforts continue this week on the Cover of STYLE, a fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. The cover image of Style’s Big Spring Issue for March, 2015 features model Guinevere Van Seenus wearing an Apple Watch and is accompanied by an additional two full-page spread inside the magazine that provides further details about the wrist-worn Apple Watch, including interesting hints about the pricing of the space gray models. Notice our list below of extensive guesstimates for all three tiers of the Apple Watch.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may signal that the Apple Watch may be released sooner than later, perhaps earlier in April, say April 3rd, April’s first FRIDAY, perhaps the last portion of Match. You may recall we reported last year that Apple was “a month ahead of schedule in the Apple Watch development timeline“. Apple’s Spring Forward media event may signal that the Apple Watch may be available for on-line purchase, perhaps as early as mid-Match.

iF Announced at its International Forum Awards Gala in Munich, Apple Watch wins the coveted IF Gold Award for 2015. Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF entry Label, only a few win the gold award for excellence in several categories.

 The Apple Watch competed with over 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award segment that covers a number of commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products.

 The IF Award Jury noted: “The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

 While Apple has discussed Apple Watch design and keystone features at length, the company has not yet presented the full hardware specifications and pricing details, likely to be heard at Apple’s March 9 Media Event. In a recent report, analyst Gene Munster estimated mid-tier Apple Watch models will retail for $499 to $599, depending on customization options, while the high-end Apple Watch Edition could sell for $4,999.

Apple Watch Tier Graphic. Notice the graphic below where we have estimated the average spelling prices, APS, for the Apple Watch. Most of those reporting on this topic are in general agreement on the ASP price range for the Sports Watch ($350 to $400) and the Apple Watch, the middle tier’s ASP ($500 to $900) depending on the band.

Among Reporters, there is little consensus for the pricing on the Apple Watch Edition, the 18k Gold Apple Watch. The ASP estimates range from $2500 to $10,000. Of course these figures vary largely based on the assumed amount of Gold that is incorporated in the Apple Watch gold case. Our estimate is, there may be 37.5gm of 24k Gold, then combined with 12.5gm of other elements to formulate 50gm of 18k Yellow or Rose colored Gold.

24k Gold Bars trading today at $1200 per troy ounce, lets compute the ASP, average selling price, of the Apple Watch Edition
⌚️ GOLD $1450 of gold metal in the watch case; add to this
⌚️ S1 Watch Chip $200 Apple’s S1 electronics-watch-chip and battery
⌚️ Watch Bands $550 for watch bands and bracelets,
⌚️ $2,200 Total Cost direct costs for the Edition Watch
⌚️ $1,800 Operating expense Corporate expense allocation per unit
⌚️ $3,000 Profit component per unit assume reasonable margin
⌚️ $7,000 Average Selling Price yielding about a 43% profit margin, relatively Low-Level Margin for a premium Jewelry product.
⌚️ $6,500 Average Selling Price Note, if there is only One Troy ounce of Gold, rather than the 37.5gm of Gold, then the Edition Watch Gold may sell for $6,500.

Apple Watch S1 Computer Module. Apple’s ability to surround their (New) products, like the Apple Watch, with connectivity and its ecosystem, this Article provides some insight on the S1’s operation, plus several X-Ray views of the “Heart” of the iWatch.

Apple Watch’s brains and heart is located in its S1 Module, a “Computer Package” housed within a unique sealed Module. The S1 represents a new level of micro-miniaturization, packaging literally Billions of electronic components and sensors into a single semiconductor module, hermitically sealed in resin.

Apple S1 System in Package, SiP, processor, memory, wireless connectivity transceivers, sensors packaged into a single, resin-sealed package. The S1 package contains an Apple customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.

Apple Watch S1 Package is filled and sealed with resin to prevent any moisture intrusion and for structural durability. Very little is known about the S1, however, Chipworks (an enterprise specializing in patent and technology reverse engineering and support) believes that it has identified the Processors, the WiFi, and Bluetooth transmitters-receivers, the medium sized processor in the center at the top of the images.

 Since wristwatches were invented in the 19th century, people have been glancing at them to check the time. With Apple Watch, this simple, reflexive act allows you to learn so much more. We optimized your favorite apps for the wrist by developing Glances — scannable summaries of the information you seek out most frequently. To see them, you simply swipe up from your watch face. In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You can quickly swipe through different Glances, or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

 S1 Chip. Massive constraints have a way of inspiring interesting, creative solutions. A prime example is the custom-designed chip at the heart of Apple Watch. No traditional computer architecture could fit within such a confined space. So we found a way to integrate many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, which is then completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics from the elements, impact, and wear. Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturization

 Because it’s connected to your iPhone, Apple Watch can present time in a more personal way. One that’s based around your life and schedule. You’ll receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. So you can answer or dismiss them instantly. And since Apple Watch sits on your wrist, your alerts aren’t just immediate. They’re intimate. With a gentle tap, notifications subtly let you know when and where your next meeting starts, what current traffic conditions are like, even when to leave so you’ll arrive on time. At any point, you can simply swipe down to Notification Center to view what you may have missed.

 Apple Watch Notifications. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist. Whenever you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.

 The wrist is a convenient area for collecting data about your physical activity, a task Apple Watch is designed to perform throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses1 protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from simply standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, suggest customized goals, and reward you for reaching personal fitness milestones.

 As familiar as wearing a watch is, charging one is something new. So we decided to make it utterly effortless. In fact, our goal was to make Apple Watch easy to charge in the dark. Without looking. While being only partially awake. We arrived at a solution that combines our MagSafe technology with inductive charging. It’s a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts. And it’s very forgiving, requiring no precise alignment. You simply hold the connector near the back of the watch, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will describe how to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Apple’s team will describe the iWatch Configuration App, housed in your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3. The App delivers a unique Pathway App, to transfer your iWatch configuration seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apple is the Master of Marketing, the Company has proven this repeatedly dating back to January, 2007 with its introduction of the original iPhone. Besides, the event being named “Spring Forward” the event is the very next day when we all advanced our “Watches one hour Forward” for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in North America.

Apple’s Spring Forward theme was recited in Apple’s formal invitation was sent Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 to the global Media community. Apple will present many details about how the iWatch will benefit its users. The presentation will likely show Apple’s new Companion Apple Configuration App, that makes it super-simple to set up the your Apple Watch, directly from your iPhone, plus topics were not fully covered at its initial announcement 5 months ago, following its mid-September Announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s Spring Forward Preparation. If you’d like a “warm up exercise” in preparation of the Apple Watch media event, the link directly below this graphic, is a Video Clip of the Apple Announcement of the iWatch last September.

Apple first introduced the Apple Watch September, 2014, Apple delivered to us a “high-level” comprehensive overview at what the product will be able to do to improve our lives. We remain uninformed about many other specifics like battery life, pricing for the high-end and the other two-tiers of models.

 This link will take you directly to Apple’s iWatch presentation that was delivered around the world September, 2014… it is definitely worth it to take a look:

⌚️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU

http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/smartphone-os-market-share/

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may also Announce other New Products, for example the iPad Pro, a large display 12.9″ iPad with enhanced specifications, Speed, RAM, etc., that has been rumored for several years. Perhaps Apple may announce a new version of its Apple TV, which is years overdue for revision. My understanding, there are over 20 million Apple TV boxes in circulation.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will undoubtedly describe how we will be able to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Plus Apple will describe the iWatch Configuration App, loaded into your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3, that delivers a unique Pathway App {transferring information and configurations from your iPhone directly to your iWatch} utilizing a menu-driven system to Transfer all your Watch Settings and Notifications seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apples March 9th Media Event will provide Live-Streaming Video Broadcast World Wide to all Apple folks or anyone that has a Safari browser on their PC computer systems, plus all iPhones and iPads, the simple hardware-software criteria that Apple has used for us to qualify for the Live-Streaming Broadcasts. Having watched a number of Apple’s Live Streamed broadcasts, they are very professionally produced and scripted. In My Humble Opinion, Apple will open its Live-Streaming Media Event to hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, MAC and PC users, many of which are iWatch interested.

Apple’s Live Streaming : Spring Forward Media Event. The Link below will be activated about 30 minutes before the Live-Streaming Presentation is broadcasted everywhere at 1:00pm Eastern, Monday March 9, 2015. Note, If you click onto the Link before March 9th, it will likely not have been activated until “Game Day.”.

http://Apple.com/live

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. The Video Link below takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announced the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces this new innovative and reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple weeks ago commenced production of 6 Million Apple Watch Units representing its Initial Quarterly Order.

 Apple projects internally sales of 24 million iWatches in the first fiscal-year of sales beginning April, 2015, as stated in news reports, which Apple has not confirmed. Several other analysts project 36 million Apple Watches and more, in the first fiscal-year of sales.

Apple in my opinion, is likely not in a hurry for an early April release date, as Apple surely wants to “iron out all the wrinkles” associated with a new-product release; however, maintain an “April Release” as published. Also when considering the Apple Watch release date, towards the end of April, Apple holds its Quarterly Financial report at 5pm following the 4pm public filing of Apple’s 2015 Q2.

Apple Watch is the only NEW product-release, since the unveiling of the iPad at a Press-Event held January 27, 2010 and subsequently released on April 30, 2010 with built-in Cellular+WiFi connectivity, two weeks earlier the WiFi iPad was available to the public.

CEO, Tim Cook surely desires to hold the Apple Watch high in the air, with all of the software, hardware, App, and iOS system issues rendered as glitch-free as possible. If Apple needs a week or more to polish the edges, the Apple Watch may be released to the Public towards the end of April, like on Friday 24th.

Apple Watch early adopters, the Apple Loyalists, must be Impressed with this unique Wearable iWatch, its Easy set-up, Ease of use, Battery life, Connectivity to everything iPhone/iPad. If accomplished, the major issues the media-critics have been whining about, mostly focused on its battery life, should be silenced early on.

Emergence of early issues may severely hamper accelerated adoption by the folks; Except, yours truly as I’ll be literally on line early morning, at Apple’s Retail Store at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Presently I’m focusing on the Apple Watch mid-tier model, the Dark Stainless Steel Bracelet or the Milanese Loop

Unless you’ve just returned from a extended vacation on planet SATURN, you may know the Apple Watch is coming very soon. iWatch is scheduled to be released in April, 2015. April 3rd, is the earliest Friday in April, only 36 days from today, February 26th. Many have asked us, will there be a Pre-Release Media event, (say Tuesday March 24th) 9 days before THE Release of iWatch Inventory to Apple’s retail stores? News reports have been accelerating as the release date becomes closer to realty. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomfield and other journalists, have been discussed the new Apple Watch line-up.

Uncommon with a NEW Apple product release are the hoards of media-critics, claiming the uselessness of this new product. The Apple Watch is a unique New Product, as compared to a new Iteration of an existing product, like iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.

Historically, the Original iPhone was announced at Apple’s Maxworld Expo held January 9, 2007 annual event the media soon after slammed Apple for getting into a venue (cellular phones) it knew absolutely nothing about, considering there was already a very crowded field of experienced Mobile Phones makers.

 The Same choir of critics reported that Apple’s NEW iPad was “nothing new and if Apple’s lucky, maybe 6 million units would be sold” in its first year. Since the initial iPhone in 2007 there have been over a Billion iOS devices sold and in circulation, half of which are iPhones, Apple selling into a very crowded field of smartphone makers.

Recent articles discussing Apple’s iWatch endeavor has given me motivation to take harder look towards generating some reasonable expectations that we formulated for the three-tiered AppleWatch lineup; We’re assuming Apple will fabricate and sell 24 million iWatches for the initial 12 month sales period, plus Apple’s disclosure of the $350 Sports Watch entry-price point.

All the statistics have been projected by us internally, with no knowledge of what Apple has actually projected. Several facts have been released to the public that we’ve used in our presentation: (1) there will be a 3-tiered iWatch model lineup, (2) the Sports Watch will retail for $350, and (3) all else is our conjecture.

Apple Watch Economic Model. The statistical-chart below displays what we believe are “realistic” sales goals, perhaps conservatively, with price-traunches for the three tiered line-up, Sports, Apple Watch, Apple Edition, metaled Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, and 18k Gold respectively.

iWatch [Gold] Edition is the top-tier version of the AppleWatch. Its been estimated that the Edition Apple Watch may retail for an estimated $4500. Sounds like a lot of money. Although Apple chose to leave the word “Gold” out of the Top Tier Title, Apple Edition, gold is in fact the watch-body metal; Note, presently Gold’s raw-material cost is hovering around $1200 per troy ounce, gold watches are “pricey” regardless of who designs and makes them, irrespective of the internal electronics package or electro-mechanical movement.

Apply is now Buying massive quantities of 24k Gold bullion, but that’s just the beginning. Roughly 14.46 Million troy ounces of 24k Gold bullion that are purchased by Apple per year (assuming our guesstimates are close) must be Certified by Apple Metallurgists when delivered, for elemental AU Purity and Weight. These two steps are very complex and require significant Oversight by agents of the bullion-supplier and Apple. Dealing with the payments and receipts of $18 Billion as Apple pays for the gold bullion is quite complex.

Post Certification of Millions of Pounds of Gold Bullion, it passes to the secure Fabrication Plant, carefully measured batches of the Bullion are heated to 2,000ºF in special Gold Furnaces, then Apple Metallurgists mix the molten gold with other specially purified metal ingredients resulting in several unique specialty 18k Gold formulations, then poured into Apple Watch cast-forms, cooled, then the iWatch Gold-Blanks are removed from the forms and inspected, those that pass through quality control are machined and polished, for further assembly. The gold-blanks that are rejected, and foundry castings are not 100%, go back to the Furnaces to be repoured.

This scenario is highly simplified, but gives you a notion of the complexity of the process. As about $18 Billion of gold bullion is involved, significant added costs are incurred for Plant Security, armed security guards, “security watching the valuables and each other, throughout all these processes.

Apple is processing this gold presently in effort for their April 2015 release to their retail stores for sale. Apple is also presently installing into the Common Carriers, Apple Distribution Centers, and Apple Retail Stores, specially designed VAULTS and ALARM Systems to protect the Apple Watch Boxed Inventory.

Apple Watch Edition, Lets take the iWatch apart piece-by-piece, financially speaking. Let’s assume that the Edition Watch may contain 37.5gm of 24k Gold and the Apple Watch electronics module is the same module used universally with all three of the AppleWatch tiers.

Apple Watch Financial Array. The bullet-points below display the cost analysis for the Apple Watch [gold] Edition, all Edition iWatches are gold cased watches.

Current Spot-Gold price. Assuming the iWatch pure-gold content is 37.5gm of gold watch-case (our guesstimate) when formulated to 18k gold metal-alloy. If Apple’s Gold Alloy procedure starts with 37.5gm of 24k Gold, as 24k gold metal is fabricated into 18k Gold by adding presumably precise amounts of Silver, Copper and Zinc, therefore watch-case (without internals) would then weigh 50gm, due to the additional 12.5gm of Apple’s unique mix of metals, blended in its Alloy-Furnaces. FYI, currently (as of 2/27/2015) spot-gold is hovering between $1204 to $1219 per troy ounce. Recall the under-side of the iWatch is stainless-steel which seals the watch-cased Computer module, Lithium Polymer battery, and houses 4 biometric sensor components.

Apple with its team of the best Metallurgists on the planet, have developed several unique 18k Gold formulations that delivers 18k Gold Alloys with custom Colors offering greater Gold hardness and durability unique to Apple. Typically 18k Gold is “softer” making it more prone to scratching and scuffing, showing greater signs of wear, than with traditional 14k Gold alloy formulations.

The Most Common 18k Gold Colors and Formulations are Displayed in this article with graphics and charts showing. The common alloys of elemental Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc in various levels of concentrations. Notice in the 12 Gold Colors Chart, Yellow Gold contains Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc with Gold representing 75% of the Alloy. To produce Rose colored Gold, the formulation contains only three elements: Gold, Silver, and Copper, removing Zinc. It will be very interesting to know the precise Formulation of Elements Apple’s team of metallurgists have chosen to create its unique Colors and Hardness, never seen before in the Gold Industry.

Apple is Reinventing the Watch. One should not be surprised that when Apple committed to a Watch-Wearable product, again Apple is REINVENTING the business of Gold Wearable Watches. From the images that Apple has displayed, and as presented in this article, Apple has created several striking 18k Gold Colors never seen in the industry. My bet is the brilliance of the gold colors is not simply a photoshop magic act, their unique Gold colors will be even more striking up close and personal, when the buying public visualized the Apple Watch in their Retail Stores.

As a reference, a typical ROLEX watch and bracelet uses 150gm of Gold; however, the gold is contained in the base Watch plus its hefty Bracelet. The Rolex bracelet accounts for a significant portion of the total gold metal package.

Apple Watch Computer module $200, the same module in all Apple Watches
Apple Watch Edition’s gold uses 37.5gm 24k Gold valued at $1500 for an 18k Gold formulation, presently spot-gold is $1205/gm [math: (37.5/31.1) x $1205 = $1500 the cost of the gold component]
Apple Watch Form, Jewlers add “Form” value to the price of its jewelry creations, say $2300
Apple Edition Band, say $500
Apple Watch Edition retail price = $4500 (math: $200 + $1500 + $150 + $2300 + $500)

Specifically, people in the supply-line familiar with this topic claim Apple has commenced production of about 6 million Apple Watches many weeks ago, for the iWatch’s first quarterly production-run; just over half of the production is earmarked for the Sport model, with a third of the production-run allocated for the middle-segment stainless-steel Apple Watch, with the balance is the Top-Tier Edition production, about 10% for the Apple Watch [Gold] Edition models.

Apple Watch Edition impact on Global Gold Supply. One more thing, lets have some fun in determining what Apple Watch Edition sales may have on the World’s supply for gold. Here are some givens to consider
 Apple Watch facts and conversion factors: there are 31.1gm in 1.00 Troy Ounce, there are 32,150.75 Troy ounces in one Metric Ton, Global production of Gold is 2500 Metric Tons annually, spot-gold price currently hovering around $1205 per troy ounce
 Apple is currently produce 500,000 gold Edition Apple Watch units as its initial quarterly production-run
 Apple Watch Edition ramps up production to 1 million Apple Watch units monthly [or more] as demand dictates
 Apple Watch Edition requires 37.5gm of pure 24k Gold for each iWatch, guesstimated
 Apple Watch Edition utilized 1.2058 Troy ounces of Gold per Apple Watch Edition, extrapolation of a guesstimate
 Apple Watch Edition will consume 14,469,453 troy ounces of Gold in its First fiscal Year of production, equating to 450 Metric Tons of 24k Gold/Yr, which equates to over 5x Rolex’s current Gold consumption
 Apple will Buy $18.086 Billion per Year for 24k Gold Bullion to built its Gold Edition Watches, base on current assumptions and spot-gold prices
 Apple Edition Watch Gold will place a New Demand for 20% of the total annual global Gold production
 Reference #1. Rolex sells $4.7 billion in gold watches yearly, from an estimated 600,000 Rolex watch sales. Rolex watches average 150gm or 4.82 troy ounces of Gold per watch, equating to 2.894 million troy ounces, or 90 Metric Tons Gold/annually
 Reference #2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York stores on average 7,000 metric tons of Gold Bullion in its Manhattan vault.

 By Mid-April, 2015, we are expecting over 50,000 Apple Watch Apps on the AppStore. Currently, for an average iPhone user there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We currently have 418 Apps on my iPhone 6 Plus and 300 Apps on Marilyn’s iPhone 6 Plus. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch may have 75 Apps per Apple Watch. There may likely be no single killer app for Apple Watch when the iWatch is released (other than the iWatch Configuration App) as each user will have their “own set of Killer Apps.” One way to look at this new “Wearable” is that the consumer is getting 75 different devices housed in one Apple Watch. Several Analysts are projecting that Apple may sell over 40 million Apple Watches in 1st the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.

Many of the Apple Watch details are still unconfirmed, typical for Apple product releases, most notably the three-tired segment pricing, Apple Watch may be the revenue growth driver Apple needs for this April-Quarter, typically a relatively modest earnings period.

Apple’s Sports Watch is configured with an satin Aluminum case with a variety of elastomer sports water resistant bands. The Apple Watch is housed in highly polished hardened Stainless Steel with two colors, with a number of elegant bracelets. For the fashion minded, the Apple Watch Edition is encased in a highly polished and hardened Gold case accompanied with appealing bracelets. If our guesstimates are correct, this new Wearable product-line may have significant implications for year-over-year revenue growth at the company.

If the last eight quarterly financial reports are an indication, Apple may benefit handsomely with this mid-year revenue accelerator. The first fiscal-quarter (Apple’s fourth calendar quarter) is where Apple has really outperformed, growing revenue nearly 30% year-over-year.

Led by the newest iterations of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, most notably Apple smashed all expectations and accordingly propelled the $AAPL stock to all-time highs, with no end in sight. Not to mention that many of the largest Investment Banking firms’ analysts increasing the Target Pricing to $150/share and seemingly other analysts concurring with increased share target pricing.

Apple’s mid-year quarterly performance are generally less impressive then Apple’s first quarter results. And while it is important to note that 5% to 6% year-over-year growth is still amazing for a huge company pushing nearly $200 billion in revenues, with an Apple Watch earnings injection during the seasonally slower quarters should be an additional catalyst for Apple’s stock trading prices.

As you may know, one of the Apple “low” growth quarters is the third fiscal quarter, that typically starts April 1st. With an iWatch April release date expected, the Apple Watch may be most felt during this quarter. Assuming forecasts are close to reality, Apple generally errs on the conservative side with their projections. The Apple Watch may add roughly 16.8% growth to the quarter year-over-year, considering all other product sales factors constant. However, being rather bullish on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these “slower” seasonal quarters may be “not so slow” as usually expected by the “talking heads.”

The Big Question: Which Watch is for You? With the start of the New Year the specialty Watch Makers like Montblanc, Longines, Baume & Mercier, and others announce and display their new creations to the public.

Watches – Which is Best for You Comparing a robust “mans” chronograph with a modern gold iWatch with a red-band is eye catching, the primary purpose. However, when one acquires Mechanical-Chronographs with Complications in its Face, other than the watch-band, your use and visuals are Fixed. With iWatch other than your choice of the Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum alloy case, all else may be changed including the bands.

With the iWatch, Fixed only applies to your choice of how tall the watch body is, either 38mm or 42mm, and your choice of metal, Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum… all else you may change. The Watch Face may look anyway you desire, with Complications or not, thousands of possibilities, that you may change anytime. Directly under iWatch’s highly polished scratch-proof Sapphire Crystal, is a brilliant OLEM retina touch-display.

iWatch Face may display whatever information you desire, Day, Date, Graphics, Animations, iMessages, eMail, Weather, your next Calendar event, an incoming Call or Text, the position of Planet Earth in its solar system, your Heart rate, your Friend’s Heart Rate, anything or everything you desire, including the local Time. Want the Second-Hand on an analog face, turn it on or off. Want Digital or Analog time display, Want the Day/Date, turn these on or off, as you desire. Bands and Materials may be easily changed, choose from Leather bands, Stainless, Links, Sports elastomer Bands, however your use and venue dictates. Have a sports band for daily use, and have a elegant band for evening wear. You may easily change the iWatch Band, with no tools whatsoever.

iWatch Graphics. These two graphics shows the 42mm and 38mm iWatch faces and an overlay. The 38mm iWatch face graphic has an Overlay (the blue left and bottom edges) highlighting the 42mm iWatch face to show the size comparisons.

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. After completing the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook mentioned just “One more thing…” a famous Steve Jobs saying, and went on to Announce the Apple Watch. This Video Link takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announces the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces a new innovative reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple Watch certainly is not intended for everyone, neither is the Montblanc, a more limited audience for sure. Lets face it, “old fashioned electro-mechanical” wrist watches have an appeal to more mature affluent audiences, while possess “retro attraction” to the yuppie millennials. However, these classic mechanicals may be 42mm in diameter by 12mm, fragile, relatively expensive, and many amazingly keep terrible time. The iWatch has a 42mm face that rests 12mm on your wrist, and a second iWatch model of 38mm.

Apple Watch embodies many interesting aspects, as under its highly polished Sapphire Crystal is a brilliant OLED very high resolution “retina” touch-screen, that may Display hundreds of possible iWatch Faces. I’m imagining that the iWatch face is a rounded-rectangular shape so that the four-corners may house miniature Informative-Icons, or other Graphic Signals, or not.

Apple Watch’s Display is Strategic, meaning that with careful software graphics capabilities, one may design a “Perpetual Calendar Chronograph” digital iWatch face with unlimited complications, being mindful not to make it too confusing. On the other hand, one may choose an uncluttered iWatch face, or something in between, all user selectable.

🍎⌚️ Apple Engineers Completing iWatch Software. Apple has ceded the 4th beta of its iOS8.2 software today, largely dealing with the iWatch interface and its connectivity with iPhones. Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s complex iOS operating system software.

🍎⌚️ Sources familiar with iWatch development say the Apple Watch is currently ahead of schedule and on track to ship in the United States in March according to 9to5MAC, who has a very good track record and sources, in predicting product releases. Apple previously stated that the wearable product will ship in “early 2015” certainly not a very precise phrase.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch engineers have been “polishing up” the iWatch iOS operating system and putting the device’s Battery through very extensive testing. Apple engineers have also been “working overtime to improve the inductive charging system necessary for “contact-less” charging-up the device’s internal Lithium Polymer, LiON battery each night.” Tim Cook stated during an October 2014 press event that: “We think you’re going to end up charging the Apple Watch daily. Overnight, that’s what we think.”

iWatch Show-Floor DemoThis link shows an on-floor Apple-Show 5 minute raw employee-demo of the use and settings of the iWatch: http://youtu.be/rwv-3wZocK4.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey. Notice the Graph above drawn from the statistics from a recent extensive survey (conducted by finance company Credit Suisse) of current iPhone owners approximately
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Buy iWatch
⌚️ 10% of iPhone Owners will Probably Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will May Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will Probably Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 100% of iPhone Owners that are Considering the Purchase of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation Assumptions . Lets extrapolate these statistics further. For the 10% of those stating they will Probably Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy, lets estimate that if 1000 people in the Apple Store stated they Probably will buy, lets say 500 of the 1000, about 1/2 of this group, will actually buy the iWatch; Similarly, For the 27% of those stating they will May Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy; lets estimate that if 2700 people in the Apple Store stated they are Maybe Buyers, lets say 700 of the 2700, about 1/4th of this group will actually buy the iWatch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation. Using the logic and assumptions above, lets restate three of the above groups of Likely Buyers, Probable Buyers, and Maybe Buyers, into a Single grouping of what we’ll call “Very Likely” Buyers
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Definitely Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 5% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Probably Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 7% of iPhone Owners that stated they May Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 30% of iPhone Owners therefore are “Very Likely” Buyers of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ Your Wait for Apple Watch may be over… sooner than you may have thought. According to news reports, Apple Watch iOS version software has been finalized. Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Apple Watch wearable device is on track for a March 2015 release timeframe, although no specific date is available. These news reports trim the previous timeline quite a bit. Fairly soon you may see long lines forming outside at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. I witnessed the unruly lines at 2am outside Apple’s Boca Raton store for the iPhone 6 Friday morning release, September 19, 2014.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch wearable device is on track for March, 2015 release, although no more detail on a specific release date is currently known. These news reports trim the timeline, and provide more precision on the iWatch release, then you’ll see the long lines forming at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. Prior to this News, Apple stated an imprecise phrase “Early 2015” as the iWatch release schedule. Another Senior Corporate spokesperson was even more vague stating a “Spring 2015” iWatch release schedule. Take a moment to view these beautifully produced Apple Watch videos.

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production will begin this month, January, 2015, whereas the iWatch was once scheduled to be rolling off Apple contracted lines in February.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production Orders. Apple has reportedly ordered 24 million iWatches from their contracted supplier, Quanta. In response to this relatively strong initial production order, Quanta has increased its workforce five-fold, increasing it from 2,000 workers to 10,000 workers. It’s expected that Quanta will then double again its workforce to 20,000 as the Apple Watch develops its sales momentum as 2015 progresses.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million unit Initial Production Order. One may consider a 24 million initial order seemingly aggressive; However, if recent polling is correct, 24 million iWatches may be on the mark or somewhat conservative. Current polling indicates that about 10% of iPhone users are actually “Very Likely” to buy the Apple Watch; Combine this 10% in the “Very Likely” Group, with an even larger group of iWatch iFolks, that say they are “Somewhat Likely” may increase the total “Likely Buyers Group” by another 5%. If predictive of actual demand, this trend will stress the supply-line for the 24 million iWatch initial production order.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Time will Tell, this high level of predictive demand may give the impression of production constraints, although, having the effect of keeping iWatch stocks flowing out of Apple retail stores, as fast as inventory arrives. Our guess, for the initial 12 months that iWatch is available, there may be some 30 million to 38 million iWatches sold.

🍎⌚️ Think about it. IMHO, Apple “pre Announced” the Apple Watch in September last year for multiple purposes
(🍎) Apple Defines this new product’s concepts early, rather than the rumor-mills and leaks
(🍎🍎) Provides sufficient time for the market-place, the iPhone folks to digest this entirely new product concepts
(🍎🍎🍎) Six months of assimilation, the iWatch pre-announcement to its formal release, gives everyone time to imagine having this unique Wearable, a marketing marvel by Apple.

🍎⌚️ History of 2007 iPhone. Recall Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs on stage during Apple’s annual Macworld conference, announced Apple’s very first iPhone. Starting off with the words “We’re gonna make some history today” Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs tricked the audience by claiming he was going to introduce three new products: an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone and an Internet communications device, knowing that all three components were built into Apple’s newly Announced iPhone.

🍎⌚️ First iPhone Announcement. Similarly, when the Original iPhone was Announced January 9, 2007, 6 months later its was Release on June 29, 2007. This 6 months duration gave the World, the Market, the Apple Analysts, and Clients an “assimilation” period to digest The New iPhone Concept.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/qe68rx The iWatch presentation given September, 2014 is presently being “assimilated” just as the iPhone was exactly 8 years Ago, January 9, 2007 at its announcement. Presently, Apple has sold more than 530,000,000 iPhones, and is expected to sell some 220,000,000 iPhones this year.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/cd48rx The First iPhone, 8 years ago (21m:15s into the Macworld Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs the iPhone is Reinvented).

🎬 http://tiny.cc/zx48rx. The First iPad was Reinvented on April 3, 2010. In sum there are over 750,000,000 iPhones and iPads in circulation, by year-end 1,000,000,000 iDevices enhancing peoples lives.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million Production Schedule. The News Reports do not specifically outline the reasons for Apple moving iWatch production up; However, there were vague references that “production yield issues” have been resolved. This could be referring to either the LiON Battery, Sapphire Crystal, the Touch Display, or a mix of the three. If the iWatch is as popular as we think it will be, Apple will need as much of a production head-start as they can.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Display. The centerpiece of the Apple Watch is an bright AMOLED display (newly designed for Apple) that is estimated to be more costly than traditional LCD screens Apple uses in its iPhones and iPads, which are not AMOLED displays. According to Taiwan’s Apple Daily, the alleged terms of the Quanta deal limit Quanta from partnering with any competing device makers building wearable electronics. This News Report aligns with earlier rumors suggesting that Quanta had secured “exclusive manufacturing rights” for the Apple Watch, although some reporters are suggesting that Foxconn and Inventec may “muscle their way” into the iWatches’ supply chain.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Associate Training. iWatch training courses will commence February 9th through February 16th. The core training will take place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and a satellite office in Austin, Texas. Direct training will be given to one or two representatives from each of the 263 USA Apple Stores. At the completion of the iWatch Training, the Store Associates are then tasked to return to their Apple store, to train the Store sales staff. Apple has currently 444 retail stores operating in 16 countries, including 263 in the USA, plus an online store available in 39 countries.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Training is said to commence in early February; however, the Apple Watch release date is set for March. According to news reports, those who completed Direct Corporate Headquarters training will thereafter be training their Home-Based Apple store staff. This follow-up training will occur in the days just before the Apple Watch release Event. Apparently since Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told the pre-release iWatch story at the announcement of the iPhone 6 in September, 2014, Apple is not concerned with pre-release leaks from its 30,000 retail store associates.

🍎⌚️ iWatch, Apple Watch is the most personal iDevice ever. Apple’s goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible, more relevant and ultimately more personal.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first Apple product to be worn.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple took a very unusual step in pre-announcing an entirely new Product Category BEFORE it was ready for release. Granted, Apple announces its iPhones, iPads, MacBooks before actual product release; however, for these MAC and iDevices, there was a 7 to 11 day period one waited for delivery of the New product released. In contrast Apple “Announced” the AppleWatch in late September, 2014 concurrently with its iPhone 6 announcement; however, Apple indicated then, that the iWatch would be Available in “early 2015.”

🍎⌚️ Apple will release iWatch in Early 2015. I can imagine Five vocabulary words for defining “when” in 2015 other than mentioning a chosen Calendar Quarter or a particular Month. Apple could have used these Four phrases: Beginning, Early, Middle, Late 2015. Late 2015 could mean November-December 2015, Middle could indicate May-June-July 2015.

🍎⌚️ What does “Early 2015″ tell us? Since Apple chose not to use a particular Month like January 2015, January likely not what Apple had in mind. However, “Early, 2015″ could mean either February, March, or April. Lets Add one more factor. Apple’s reports its financial results on a fiscal basis, where its 1st fiscal Quarter is defined as December 1st through February 28. Since the iPhone 6 is selling strongly, perhaps Apple desires the AppleWatch to make its Sales-Splash beginning in March of 2015 the start of Apple’s 2nd fiscal quarter.

🍎⌚️ Apple – One thing I have learned about Apple… “Apple does everything on purpose, with all aspects thoroughly thought out.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Driven culturally to deliver. Apple is proud and patient with all product releases by “getting it right” technology-wise, market-wise, and timing-wise, getting most of the bugs out before the public see it, and before its critics see it. Apple may also desire to give its stable of independent developers, some time for iWatch Application (App) Development. Apple may desire the “kick off” the iWatch in its 2nd fiscal quarter of 2015.

🍎⌚️ Apple prefers to release new products on Friday for a Three-Day, Friday-Saturday-Sunday “weekend” sales splash. Looking at our Calendar, February 27, 28, March 1st, is the first weekend containing a March date; however, March 6, 7 and 8 is the first all March Weekend.

🍎⌚️ Apple Factoid to Consider. Apple is somewhat constrained in the fabrication of the Sapphire Crystals used on the WATCH and its WATCH EDITION product lines (the Sports models have hardened glass crystals not sapphire), Apple may be scheduling the Apple Watch in March giving sufficient time to build up a reasonable inventory of all the iWatch models. Its illogical for Apple to create huge anticipation, and not have a reasonable inventory of iWatch models to satisfy its Loyal Following.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Release Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015, total conjecture though, as we have NO internal sources whatsoever.

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. The iPhone is mentioned in this article, as the adoption of the iWatch may follow the adoption-history of the iPhone. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, 30 years after Motorola literally “invented” their very popular, however, expensive Star•TAC 8500XL. I bought this Motorola “Brick” 30 years ago for $4200 in 1985, weighing in at 28oz. I retained it as a souvenir of the times, then the most portable cellular phone.

🍎⌚️ 30 Million to 38 Million iWatch customers may be “voting” with their Wallets in its first 12 months of availability. Lets see how we get to these numbers. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, it showed an adoption rate of 11 million iPhones in its 1st fiscal year (21 million in the 2nd fiscal year, 39 million in year 3, 72 million in year 4, 125 million units sold in the 5th year of the iPhone). Our guess is the adoption rate of the AppleWatch may follow the growth rate history of the iPhone, as both devices (iPhone and iWatch) were totally new Apple products.

🍎⌚️ iPhones are currently selling at 72 million units per quarter, capturing 51.3% of all global smartphone activations, 3 Times that of Samsung’s. With about 469 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then say 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales… this are our guesstimates.

🍎⌚️ AppleWatch Likely Buyers. A recent survey by Quartz (QZ.com) shows that about 14% of iPhone Owners who indicated that they are either Very Likely, Likely and Somewhat Likely to buy the new iWatch this year; however, some 86% are not interested in adopting for the iWatch in 2015. The Quartz Survey chart is displayed for your review. Lets use this 14% extrapolation.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s recent Annual Report, iPhone Sales represents about $101.9 Billion in iPhone Sales, for 169.2 Million iPhone unit sales, amounts to an average iPhone sales price of $602.72/unit. If in fact for the first 12 months of iWatch sales, 14% of iPhone owners buy the AppleWatch, then about 23 million iWatches may be purchased.

🍎⌚️ 469,000 iPhones reportedly are in Circulation, remove the 169 million iPhones sold last year, lets consider the remaining 300 million iPhone owners that purchased iPhones in years before 2014. Lets assume just 5% of those remaining iPhone owners buy the iWatch, this would add 15 million of possible iWatch buyers. Combine these two assumptions 23 million + 15 million = 38 million iWatch sales may occur in the first 12 months of AppleWatch sales.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s creation of the iPhone seven years ago, Apple literally reinvented the mobile cellular phone, into a very crowded market; However Apple literally changed the Mobile Phone into a “SmartPhone” weighing in at 6oz and sized at 0.46″x2.4″x4.5″ that continues to be improved and enhanced, today with their iPhone 6 sized at 0.27″x2.6″x5.4″ and 6 Plus sized at 0.28″x3.1″x6.2″.

🍎 Today, January 9th is the 8th Anniversary for the First iPhone. This was a great Day for Apple and an incredible Proud Day for Steve Jobs!

🍎 See the First Look at the iPhone, 8 years ago: <u http://tiny.cc/jsl7rx (21m:50s into the Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs as the very First iPhone is Announced).

🍎 iWatch 🍎 Apple Watch – Apple’s Entry into Electronic Wearables

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. 22 years after the Motorola 8500XL known as “the Brick”, Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, which was so much more than a mobile phone, literally a “smartphone” weighing in at 6oz and about 1/4″ thin, 2.5″x0.26″x4.0″ that Apple continues to enhanced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s critics reported that Apple has no business getting into the mature field of experienced mobile phone makers.

🍎⌚️ In 7 years Apple has delivered 500,000,000 premium priced iPhones, and are now selling iPhone 6 and 6+ at a pace well over 200,000,000 yearly. Not a typo, Apple is currently selling premium iPhones at a pace of 72 million units reportedly per calendar quarter with a profit margin over 30%. Its been also been reported that, based on actual cellular activations, iPhone 6 models were 51.3% of all global smartphone sales in December, 2014, outselling Samsung 3-to-1. Marilyn and I each own the iPhone 6 Plus and love them.

🍎⌚️ Tablets. Similarly, tablets were available several years before Apple reinvented it with the iPad in 2010. Apple carefully examined how Apple could develop such a device that folks would really want and use. Apple’s critics again reported that Apple was waisting their energies on tablets into such a mature tablet-marketplace, where Apple would be lucky of it could sell 5 million units in a good year.

🍎⌚️ The market place “voted” with their Wallets as iPads are selling at a clip 60 million units yearly with over 250 million in use today. Marilyn has the iPad mini, fits perfectly in here handbag, and I have the iPad Air 2, fits perfectly into my nifty DECODED black leather case.

🍎⌚️ 30,000,000 iWatch sales may “vote” their Wallets in 2015. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, they show an adoption rate of 11 million units in its 1st fiscal year (21 million 2nd fiscal year, 39 million 3rd year, 72 million 4th year, 125 million 5th year) compared to current iPhone sales of 72 million units per quarter. With about 450 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales, your guess thereafter…

🍎⌚️ Watch. Some Watch history. The watch which was developed in the 16th century (circa 1530) was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears which moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel. Most of the subsequent 500 year history of watches was devoted to refining the mechanical watch.

🍎⌚️ The Quartz Watch in the 1960s, which ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal, proved a radical departure for the industry. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches, an event referred to as the “quartz crisis”. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.

🍎⌚️ The origin of the word “Watch” is that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).

🍎⌚️ First watches were strictly mechanical, driven by spring-powered clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals, producing accurately timed electronic pulses. Some watches use radio-clock-technology to regularly correct the time. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970, the Pulsar LED.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple again, is reinventing the Watch, certainly entering a very mature field, dating back to the 16th century, 500 years ago and the “electronic” watch of 1970’s, some 50 years in the making. Apple’s entry into the “Watch” arena may be similar to its entry into Mobile Phones, when it made cell phones literally “Smart.” With the iWatch, Apple will be making the timekeeping wearable very “Smart” too.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple has created three venues for their Wearable: Apple Watch, Sports, and the Edition, each containing many designs, metals, and bands, generating thousands of possibilities to reach a huge audience, with no compromise with its core capability. Presently I am wearing a RADO for the past 10 years, loving it. However, with the release of the Apple Watch, I’m highly motivated towards the Apple Watch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone Connection. A significant capability of the iWatch is its connectivity with the iPhone. Think about it, all of the iPhone’s: rote Computing power, SIRI, sensors, GPS, Internet, WiFi, 3G, 4G, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, its Processor, Memory, its Apps are available to and from the iWatch. Literally thousands of developers are having a “field-day” imagining all the capability and connectivity between your iPhone, your iWatch, and everyone else’s iWatch and iPhone.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A simple example. Imaging the ladies that have an iPhone in their purse, or the guy with his iPhone in a briefcase, its ringer is off, to not disturb their surroundings. The iPhone receives an important telephone call. With the iPhone’s connectivity to the iWatch, the iWatch’s underside, sends a tympanic (“tap” or two) onto your wrist, notifying you of an incoming voice call, text, or upcoming calendar event…

🍎⌚️ Rotate your wrist a bit to glance at who’s calling you… To ignore the Call or Text, (lets say you are sitting at a conference table taking notes and participating with 12 others), simply cover your wrist with your other hand, which signals iWatch to ignore the Connection… or, answer the Call on the iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch you may answer the telephone call speak and listen through the iWatch’s internal miniature speaker and microphone… you may then transfer the call to your iPhone, as the call may be lengthly, knowing its worth the effort to retrieve the iPhone from your purse or briefcase. Alternatively, if you didn’t want to receive this call, you could send a text message to that caller from your AppleWatch, texting that: “I will return the call once you’re out of the meeting, I’m on my Way, I’ll call you in and hour….”

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone An ApplePay example. You are at Walgreens and want to pay for your personal supplies and Meds, instead of finding your Wallet and extracting a traditional Plastic Credit Card, or instead of finding your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, with its new ApplePay capability… just reach-out to position your iWatch close to the Walgreens cash-register’s NCF transceiver terminal, and your iWatch will communicate with your iPhone, and Walgreens Store… you can select the CC you desire and authorize payment, using the touch-display of your iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A Camera example. You have a terrific group shot to capture with your iPhone, you prop up the iPhone on the dining room table… to get in the shot you could let a stranger snap the shot for you, or you could, leave the iPhone on the dining room table, while you position yourself in the Shot, then LOOK at your APPLE WATCH, where you can actually see the image like looking into a “viewfinder” and then snap the shot or two, once everyone settles into a good pose. Once the image is captured you can see the result on the display of your AppleWatch. These examples do not even mention all the HEALTH capabilities.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. AppleWatch wearable is a Technology Marvel, making it possible to package microchips, sensors, graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, Firmware, Software, Apps… into one highly styled shock and water resistant wearable, that will “Tell a lot more than Time.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Heavily Invested with reInventing the Watch, which electronic watch industry has been tinkering with since the 1970’s.

🍎⌚️ Viewing Apple’s web-pages devoted to introducing the 2015 AppleWatch, you’ll get the message that Apple is deeply committed to having the masses add to their existing wearables, and encouraging others that don’t don wearables, may now do so.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

First Portion of this Article briefly highlights traditional high-value electro-mechanical time pieces, priced from $3,500 to over $50,000 followed by reporting on Apple’s unique contribution to the Watch arena, priced from $350 to several $Thousand. [Apple has not published their pricing as of this writing.]

Montblanc is now one of the most exciting brands under Richemont’s wide umbrella, thanks in no small part to Jerome Lambert’s leadership, the man who played a key role in making Jaeger-LeCoultre the powerhouse that it is today.

With SIHH 2015 Conference on January 19th, http://tiny.cc/r8wdsx, The SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE, where watch makers released details of there latest watch offerings, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, among others.

Montblanc’s Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes with a 41mm diameter case, available in 18k red gold (priced at $17,000) and stainless steel for the “wealthy wannabes” including polished bezel, with a horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The band-lug, which curve quite steeply, have the same satin treatment.

Montblanc’s Heritage Case thickness is 12mm, which is not thin, but entirely acceptable, as the mechanical movement was not developed from scratch, apparently the “movement” was purchased from a true watch maker’s previous invention. [Editorial remark: one would think for a $17k end product, Montblanc would design a unique watch movement for this release.]

Montblanc’s joining this first-rate array of watches for 2015 is the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarrum, featuring an in-house developed worldtime complication (more on this later). Worldtimers are not all that uncommon, but are notoriously tricky to get right. There is a lot of information to display, and if the designers and engineers are not careful, the dial can easily become way too busy, to be easily legible.

Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time, has done it right with one of the best examples of a well-designed worldtimer.

Watches worthy of mention are Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Worldtimer, Girard-Perregaux’s Traveller WW.TC And Moon Phase, which has chronograph functions to boot, (priced at $52,000) or (€44,000). [now that’s a bargain.] Like the Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar before it, this new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is also “very attractively priced” [not my words], in red gold, this watch will retail for $17,000 or (€14,400); and in stainless steel, the price is a very tempting $6,100 or (€5,175), [not really?]

☎️📞📡🍎 Marilyn and I will likely select iWatch styles, and take advantage of what seems to be an amazing step forward in personal wearable devices.

☎️📞📡🍎 Take a moment and watch several of Apple’s excellently produced videos at these locations.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/
🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

☎️📞📡🍎 Many Reasons for regular folks to take a hard look at the Apple Watch priced from $400 to thousands, depending on metal.

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes in a 41mm case – available in 18k red gold and stainless steel – with polished bezel and horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The lugs, which curve quite steeply, have the same treatment. Case thickness is around 12mm, which is a little on the thick side, but entirely acceptable, since the movement was not developed from scratch. At $17,000 what a bargain. NOT.

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🔴 Florida Atlantic University, College of Science, Adjunct Faculty: Authored “Principles of Digital Photography and Post Image Processing,” a technology book used at FAU, Published by Pearson Education, Inc., Boston, Mass, 1st edition Oct., 2003; 2nd edition, March, 2007. (http://www.fau.edu/mediarelations/Releases0907/090712.php)

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HEADLINE – For Every 1.00% of iPhone Users that Buy Watch Generates $6,000,000,000 (Billion) in Gross Profit 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

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HEADLINE – Apple Watch Math. For each 1.0% of iPhone Users that buy Apple Watch, Earns $6 Billion in Annual Gross Profits. Here is how we get there…

Apple hosted its Important Apple Watch Event March 9th, 2015. Apple Sprang Forward – WATCH Available April 24, PreOrder online April 10th.

Apple Watch is “the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch” for the “over 30 crowd” as many switch to the iWatch. For Millennials, Apple Watch may be their First Watch, as the 13 to 30 year olds don’t wear Watches, they tell time with iPhone.

Apple Watch is a Companion to Apple’s iPhone (not an iPhone replacement). Apple has now sold and delivered 700 Million iPhones world wide.

Apple Watch Sales Projection. We now know the pricing for the Three Tiers of Apple Watch Models and Bands. Accordingly, I’ve dusted off my trusty HP19BII Calculator. Below are our projections for the sales of the initial production of 6 million Apple Watches. We’ve projected 3.5 million Apple Sports Watches will be sold plus 2,000,000 mid-tier Apple Watches and 500,000 Apple Edition Watches, as the product sales-mix; of course our figures are not factual whatsoever.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Sports Watch Tier. The largest number of sales will likely occur for the Sports Watch. The 38mm watch will sell for $350 and the 42mm watch will sell for $400, we will assume that the sales will occur evenly between these two Sports Watches, resulting in an ASP, Average Selling Price of $375.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Apple Watch Tier. The Apple Watch will sell at $550 for the lowest priced Apple Watch, leading to a top price of $1100 for the Stainless Steel Bracelet band, leading us to a Weighted ASP of $750.

Apple Watch Average Selling Price for the Edition Watch Tier. The Apple Edition Watch will sell at $10,000 for the lowest priced Apple Edition Watch, leading to a top price of $18,000 for the 18k Gold with the Gold Buckle Band, leading us to a weighted ASP of $12,500. Weighting these top-tier luxury models is the most difficult to project, therefore we chose to be conservative with an Weighted ASP $12,500 estimate.

Apple Watch Weighted Average Selling Price for Three Tiers of Apple Watch unit sales. If these projection have merit, then the Sports Watch will sell to 3,500,000 customers for a total of $1.312 Billion in gross sales. The Apple Watch will sell to 2,000,000 customers for a total of $1.500 Billion in gross sales, and the Apple Edition (Gold) Watch will sell to 500,000 customers for a total of $6,250 Billion in gross sales. The weighted average selling price is skewed upwards, largely because of the 500,000 Gold Edition Watches that may sell for an average selling price of $12,500 each, therefore
 Overall ASP for all tiered Apple Watch models is $1,510.

Apple Watch Gross Sales and Profits projected. Using the resulting Gross sales figures above, all three Tiers will generate $9.062 Billion in sales for this new Apple Watch product. If Apple achieves say 45% profit margin, which is likely profit margin for a wearable product, then Apple’s Gross Profit may approach $4.078 Billion per Quarter, or $16.3 Billion Annually, or $1.36 Billion per Month. There are not many S&P 500 Companies that generate this profit level.

Apple Watch Gross Sales projections in Perspective. The 6,000,000 unit Sales of Apple Watch projected, is based on just 2.75% of the 218,181,000 customers (current number of iPhone 5 + iPhone 5S + 5C + iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus users) actually buy the Apple Watch sometime during the next 12 months from launch day, 24 April 2015.

Lets Play some Apple Watch Math Games. If the number of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 buyers increases by just 1.00%, then the Number of Apple Watch Sales increases by 2,181,800 unit sales, generating an additional Gross Profit of $1.483 Billion Quarterly, or about $5.931 Billion/year for those iPhone 5+ iPhone 6 users.

Apple Watch Math Games Summarized. Therefore for each 1% of iPhone Users that buy Apple Watch, about $6 Billion in annual Gross profit is added to Apple’s Financial Results. Similarly if 5% of iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users buy Apple Watch, then Apple enjoys about $30 Billion in annual Gross Profits. It will be most interesting to look back at this Article (a year from now) in review of Apple’s actual Apple Watch 2016 annual results.

Apple critics screamed in January of 2007 “Apple is a Computer company and has no business getting into the crowded, experienced mobile-phone arena.” However, Apple methodically reinvented the smartphone, released it June, 2007 fortunately ignoring all their critics. iPhone sales soared to 74.5 million for the 90 day period ending 12/31/2014, and are projected to sell 225 million iPhones for Apple’s fiscal 2015.

Apple again was criticized, similarly in 2010, for entering the crowed, mature Tablet marketplace… good thing Apple ignored that advice, as it again reinvented the Tablet with its iPad, having delivering 225,000,000 units.

Apple iPhone/iPad sales combined total about 925,000,000 iPhones and iPads have been sold into a crowded, competitive, mature marketplace. Apple has also earned a 99% Customer Satisfaction rating, unheard of in this industry. Critics are similarly questioning the wisdom of the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch represents the 2015 moment in time, “likely the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the 35 and over crowd” as many Apple iPhone owners switch to the iWatch for regular wear. For the Millennials, the Apple Watch will likely be their First Watch, as these 13-to-30 year olds largely do not wear Watches, noticing the time of day with their iPhones.

Apple Watch’s success is directly related to the percentage of Apple iPhone Users desire the added convenience of the Apple Watch. Keep in mind, Apple product owners have demonstrated, they are willing to pay the Premium Price for Apple’s superior products.

Pre-Orders for the Apple Watch begin April 10 in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom. The Apple Watch will be available for preview, and try-on by appointment, at Apple’s retail stores, and available for preorder through the Apple Online Store.

Retail Store Sales for the Apple Watch begin on April 24. The Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom.

Extensive Apple owner surveys tell us, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 owners, about 220 million strong, about 10% to 15% are definitely interested in the Apple Watch within 90 days of its release. Those Surveyed as “definitely interested” in buying an Apple Watch in 90 days, translates into an Apple Watch sale, the simple math projects about 22 million to 33 million Apple Watch sales may result in the 12 month period from April 24, 2015.

 This Link takes directly to the Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/watch/

Apple Watch Magic. The AppleWatch pairs with your iPhone, so when messages, calls, texts, emails, tweets, FB posts, and calendar appointment reminders come to you, you will not have to dig in your purse, pocket or briefcase, for your iPhone. With the iWatch you simply rotate your wrist 30 degrees into your view, to glance at who’s attempting to communicating with you.

Apple Watch’s Simple gestures permits you to communicate, or take the phone call, if the call will likely be extended, now you know its worth the effort to get your iPhone in hand, and talk from it, the call being seamlessly captured by your iPhone.

Apple Watch App. The airline industry is delivering your Boarding Pass to your iWatch too. Fumbling for the iPhone or paper boarding passes to get through AirPort Security now becomes obsolete with Apple Watch. Same for Hotels, thousands are changing their room-lock-electronics to accept your iWatch to unlock your Hotel-Room, no more metal keys, the end of swiping plastic-coaded cards. The list goes on and on with Apple Watch.

 To view the Apple Media Event that was broadcasted at 1:00pm Eastern on March 9th, 2015 below is a convenient LINK for this very interesting and informative Apple Products Show.

http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/

 Notice the slides of the most recent, the 21st Apple retail store in China. Apple will be adding another 19 retail stores in china this year.

Apple opened its first retail store in Beijing China in 2008. The country has quickly become one of Apple’s most important retail markets, thanks to a growing middle class eager to own the company’s high-end iPhone smartphones, iPads and Mac Book computers. Recently reported China represents 20% of Apple retail sales globally, and Apple has earned a 25% market-share in SmartPhone sales.

Apple Orchestrates its worldwide Magazine Publicity debut of the Apple Watch. These efforts continue this week on the Cover of STYLE, a fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. The cover image of Style’s Big Spring Issue for March, 2015 features model Guinevere Van Seenus wearing an Apple Watch and is accompanied by an additional two full-page spread inside the magazine that provides further details about the wrist-worn Apple Watch, including interesting hints about the pricing of the space gray models. Notice our list below of extensive guesstimates for all three tiers of the Apple Watch.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may signal that the Apple Watch may be released sooner than later, perhaps earlier in April, say April 3rd, April’s first FRIDAY, perhaps the last portion of Match. You may recall we reported last year that Apple was “a month ahead of schedule in the Apple Watch development timeline“. Apple’s Spring Forward media event may signal that the Apple Watch may be available for on-line purchase, perhaps as early as mid-Match.

iF Announced at its International Forum Awards Gala in Munich, Apple Watch wins the coveted IF Gold Award for 2015. Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF entry Label, only a few win the gold award for excellence in several categories.

 The Apple Watch competed with over 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award segment that covers a number of commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products.

 The IF Award Jury noted: “The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

 While Apple has discussed Apple Watch design and keystone features at length, the company has not yet presented the full hardware specifications and pricing details, likely to be heard at Apple’s March 9 Media Event. In a recent report, analyst Gene Munster estimated mid-tier Apple Watch models will retail for $499 to $599, depending on customization options, while the high-end Apple Watch Edition could sell for $4,999.

Apple Watch Tier Graphic. Notice the graphic below where we have estimated the average spelling prices, APS, for the Apple Watch. Most of those reporting on this topic are in general agreement on the ASP price range for the Sports Watch ($350 to $400) and the Apple Watch, the middle tier’s ASP ($500 to $900) depending on the band.

Among Reporters, there is little consensus for the pricing on the Apple Watch Edition, the 18k Gold Apple Watch. The ASP estimates range from $2500 to $10,000. Of course these figures vary largely based on the assumed amount of Gold that is incorporated in the Apple Watch gold case. Our estimate is, there may be 37.5gm of 24k Gold, then combined with 12.5gm of other elements to formulate 50gm of 18k Yellow or Rose colored Gold.

24k Gold Bars trading today at $1200 per troy ounce, lets compute the ASP, average selling price, of the Apple Watch Edition
⌚️ GOLD $1450 of gold metal in the watch case; add to this
⌚️ S1 Watch Chip $200 Apple’s S1 electronics-watch-chip and battery
⌚️ Watch Bands $550 for watch bands and bracelets,
⌚️ $2,200 Total Cost direct costs for the Edition Watch
⌚️ $1,800 Operating expense Corporate expense allocation per unit
⌚️ $3,000 Profit component per unit assume reasonable margin
⌚️ $7,000 Average Selling Price yielding about a 43% profit margin, relatively Low-Level Margin for a premium Jewelry product.
⌚️ $6,500 Average Selling Price Note, if there is only One Troy ounce of Gold, rather than the 37.5gm of Gold, then the Edition Watch Gold may sell for $6,500.

Apple Watch S1 Computer Module. Apple’s ability to surround their (New) products, like the Apple Watch, with connectivity and its ecosystem, this Article provides some insight on the S1’s operation, plus several X-Ray views of the “Heart” of the iWatch.

Apple Watch’s brains and heart is located in its S1 Module, a “Computer Package” housed within a unique sealed Module. The S1 represents a new level of micro-miniaturization, packaging literally Billions of electronic components and sensors into a single semiconductor module, hermitically sealed in resin.

Apple S1 System in Package, SiP, processor, memory, wireless connectivity transceivers, sensors packaged into a single, resin-sealed package. The S1 package contains an Apple customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.

Apple Watch S1 Package is filled and sealed with resin to prevent any moisture intrusion and for structural durability. Very little is known about the S1, however, Chipworks (an enterprise specializing in patent and technology reverse engineering and support) believes that it has identified the Processors, the WiFi, and Bluetooth transmitters-receivers, the medium sized processor in the center at the top of the images.

 Since wristwatches were invented in the 19th century, people have been glancing at them to check the time. With Apple Watch, this simple, reflexive act allows you to learn so much more. We optimized your favorite apps for the wrist by developing Glances — scannable summaries of the information you seek out most frequently. To see them, you simply swipe up from your watch face. In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You can quickly swipe through different Glances, or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

 S1 Chip. Massive constraints have a way of inspiring interesting, creative solutions. A prime example is the custom-designed chip at the heart of Apple Watch. No traditional computer architecture could fit within such a confined space. So we found a way to integrate many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, which is then completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics from the elements, impact, and wear. Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturization

 Because it’s connected to your iPhone, Apple Watch can present time in a more personal way. One that’s based around your life and schedule. You’ll receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. So you can answer or dismiss them instantly. And since Apple Watch sits on your wrist, your alerts aren’t just immediate. They’re intimate. With a gentle tap, notifications subtly let you know when and where your next meeting starts, what current traffic conditions are like, even when to leave so you’ll arrive on time. At any point, you can simply swipe down to Notification Center to view what you may have missed.

 Apple Watch Notifications. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist. Whenever you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.

 The wrist is a convenient area for collecting data about your physical activity, a task Apple Watch is designed to perform throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses1 protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from simply standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, suggest customized goals, and reward you for reaching personal fitness milestones.

 As familiar as wearing a watch is, charging one is something new. So we decided to make it utterly effortless. In fact, our goal was to make Apple Watch easy to charge in the dark. Without looking. While being only partially awake. We arrived at a solution that combines our MagSafe technology with inductive charging. It’s a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts. And it’s very forgiving, requiring no precise alignment. You simply hold the connector near the back of the watch, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will describe how to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Apple’s team will describe the iWatch Configuration App, housed in your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3. The App delivers a unique Pathway App, to transfer your iWatch configuration seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apple is the Master of Marketing, the Company has proven this repeatedly dating back to January, 2007 with its introduction of the original iPhone. Besides, the event being named “Spring Forward” the event is the very next day when we all advanced our “Watches one hour Forward” for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in North America.

Apple’s Spring Forward theme was recited in Apple’s formal invitation was sent Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 to the global Media community. Apple will present many details about how the iWatch will benefit its users. The presentation will likely show Apple’s new Companion Apple Configuration App, that makes it super-simple to set up the your Apple Watch, directly from your iPhone, plus topics were not fully covered at its initial announcement 5 months ago, following its mid-September Announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s Spring Forward Preparation. If you’d like a “warm up exercise” in preparation of the Apple Watch media event, the link directly below this graphic, is a Video Clip of the Apple Announcement of the iWatch last September.

Apple first introduced the Apple Watch September, 2014, Apple delivered to us a “high-level” comprehensive overview at what the product will be able to do to improve our lives. We remain uninformed about many other specifics like battery life, pricing for the high-end and the other two-tiers of models.

 This link will take you directly to Apple’s iWatch presentation that was delivered around the world September, 2014… it is definitely worth it to take a look:

⌚️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU

http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/smartphone-os-market-share/

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may also Announce other New Products, for example the iPad Pro, a large display 12.9″ iPad with enhanced specifications, Speed, RAM, etc., that has been rumored for several years. Perhaps Apple may announce a new version of its Apple TV, which is years overdue for revision. My understanding, there are over 20 million Apple TV boxes in circulation.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will undoubtedly describe how we will be able to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Plus Apple will describe the iWatch Configuration App, loaded into your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3, that delivers a unique Pathway App {transferring information and configurations from your iPhone directly to your iWatch} utilizing a menu-driven system to Transfer all your Watch Settings and Notifications seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apples March 9th Media Event will provide Live-Streaming Video Broadcast World Wide to all Apple folks or anyone that has a Safari browser on their PC computer systems, plus all iPhones and iPads, the simple hardware-software criteria that Apple has used for us to qualify for the Live-Streaming Broadcasts. Having watched a number of Apple’s Live Streamed broadcasts, they are very professionally produced and scripted. In My Humble Opinion, Apple will open its Live-Streaming Media Event to hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, MAC and PC users, many of which are iWatch interested.

Apple’s Live Streaming : Spring Forward Media Event. The Link below will be activated about 30 minutes before the Live-Streaming Presentation is broadcasted everywhere at 1:00pm Eastern, Monday March 9, 2015. Note, If you click onto the Link before March 9th, it will likely not have been activated until “Game Day.”.

http://Apple.com/live

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. The Video Link below takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announced the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces this new innovative and reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple weeks ago commenced production of 6 Million Apple Watch Units representing its Initial Quarterly Order.

 Apple projects internally sales of 24 million iWatches in the first fiscal-year of sales beginning April, 2015, as stated in news reports, which Apple has not confirmed. Several other analysts project 36 million Apple Watches and more, in the first fiscal-year of sales.

Apple in my opinion, is likely not in a hurry for an early April release date, as Apple surely wants to “iron out all the wrinkles” associated with a new-product release; however, maintain an “April Release” as published. Also when considering the Apple Watch release date, towards the end of April, Apple holds its Quarterly Financial report at 5pm following the 4pm public filing of Apple’s 2015 Q2.

Apple Watch is the only NEW product-release, since the unveiling of the iPad at a Press-Event held January 27, 2010 and subsequently released on April 30, 2010 with built-in Cellular+WiFi connectivity, two weeks earlier the WiFi iPad was available to the public.

CEO, Tim Cook surely desires to hold the Apple Watch high in the air, with all of the software, hardware, App, and iOS system issues rendered as glitch-free as possible. If Apple needs a week or more to polish the edges, the Apple Watch may be released to the Public towards the end of April, like on Friday 24th.

Apple Watch early adopters, the Apple Loyalists, must be Impressed with this unique Wearable iWatch, its Easy set-up, Ease of use, Battery life, Connectivity to everything iPhone/iPad. If accomplished, the major issues the media-critics have been whining about, mostly focused on its battery life, should be silenced early on.

Emergence of early issues may severely hamper accelerated adoption by the folks; Except, yours truly as I’ll be literally on line early morning, at Apple’s Retail Store at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Presently I’m focusing on the Apple Watch mid-tier model, the Dark Stainless Steel Bracelet or the Milanese Loop

Unless you’ve just returned from a extended vacation on planet SATURN, you may know the Apple Watch is coming very soon. iWatch is scheduled to be released in April, 2015. April 3rd, is the earliest Friday in April, only 36 days from today, February 26th. Many have asked us, will there be a Pre-Release Media event, (say Tuesday March 24th) 9 days before THE Release of iWatch Inventory to Apple’s retail stores? News reports have been accelerating as the release date becomes closer to realty. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomfield and other journalists, have been discussed the new Apple Watch line-up.

Uncommon with a NEW Apple product release are the hoards of media-critics, claiming the uselessness of this new product. The Apple Watch is a unique New Product, as compared to a new Iteration of an existing product, like iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.

Historically, the Original iPhone was announced at Apple’s Maxworld Expo held January 9, 2007 annual event the media soon after slammed Apple for getting into a venue (cellular phones) it knew absolutely nothing about, considering there was already a very crowded field of experienced Mobile Phones makers.

 The Same choir of critics reported that Apple’s NEW iPad was “nothing new and if Apple’s lucky, maybe 6 million units would be sold” in its first year. Since the initial iPhone in 2007 there have been over a Billion iOS devices sold and in circulation, half of which are iPhones, Apple selling into a very crowded field of smartphone makers.

Recent articles discussing Apple’s iWatch endeavor has given me motivation to take harder look towards generating some reasonable expectations that we formulated for the three-tiered AppleWatch lineup; We’re assuming Apple will fabricate and sell 24 million iWatches for the initial 12 month sales period, plus Apple’s disclosure of the $350 Sports Watch entry-price point.

All the statistics have been projected by us internally, with no knowledge of what Apple has actually projected. Several facts have been released to the public that we’ve used in our presentation: (1) there will be a 3-tiered iWatch model lineup, (2) the Sports Watch will retail for $350, and (3) all else is our conjecture.

Apple Watch Economic Model. The statistical-chart below displays what we believe are “realistic” sales goals, perhaps conservatively, with price-traunches for the three tiered line-up, Sports, Apple Watch, Apple Edition, metaled Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, and 18k Gold respectively.

iWatch [Gold] Edition is the top-tier version of the AppleWatch. Its been estimated that the Edition Apple Watch may retail for an estimated $4500. Sounds like a lot of money. Although Apple chose to leave the word “Gold” out of the Top Tier Title, Apple Edition, gold is in fact the watch-body metal; Note, presently Gold’s raw-material cost is hovering around $1200 per troy ounce, gold watches are “pricey” regardless of who designs and makes them, irrespective of the internal electronics package or electro-mechanical movement.

Apply is now Buying massive quantities of 24k Gold bullion, but that’s just the beginning. Roughly 14.46 Million troy ounces of 24k Gold bullion that are purchased by Apple per year (assuming our guesstimates are close) must be Certified by Apple Metallurgists when delivered, for elemental AU Purity and Weight. These two steps are very complex and require significant Oversight by agents of the bullion-supplier and Apple. Dealing with the payments and receipts of $18 Billion as Apple pays for the gold bullion is quite complex.

Post Certification of Millions of Pounds of Gold Bullion, it passes to the secure Fabrication Plant, carefully measured batches of the Bullion are heated to 2,000ºF in special Gold Furnaces, then Apple Metallurgists mix the molten gold with other specially purified metal ingredients resulting in several unique specialty 18k Gold formulations, then poured into Apple Watch cast-forms, cooled, then the iWatch Gold-Blanks are removed from the forms and inspected, those that pass through quality control are machined and polished, for further assembly. The gold-blanks that are rejected, and foundry castings are not 100%, go back to the Furnaces to be repoured.

This scenario is highly simplified, but gives you a notion of the complexity of the process. As about $18 Billion of gold bullion is involved, significant added costs are incurred for Plant Security, armed security guards, “security watching the valuables and each other, throughout all these processes.

Apple is processing this gold presently in effort for their April 2015 release to their retail stores for sale. Apple is also presently installing into the Common Carriers, Apple Distribution Centers, and Apple Retail Stores, specially designed VAULTS and ALARM Systems to protect the Apple Watch Boxed Inventory.

Apple Watch Edition, Lets take the iWatch apart piece-by-piece, financially speaking. Let’s assume that the Edition Watch may contain 37.5gm of 24k Gold and the Apple Watch electronics module is the same module used universally with all three of the AppleWatch tiers.

Apple Watch Financial Array. The bullet-points below display the cost analysis for the Apple Watch [gold] Edition, all Edition iWatches are gold cased watches.

Current Spot-Gold price. Assuming the iWatch pure-gold content is 37.5gm of gold watch-case (our guesstimate) when formulated to 18k gold metal-alloy. If Apple’s Gold Alloy procedure starts with 37.5gm of 24k Gold, as 24k gold metal is fabricated into 18k Gold by adding presumably precise amounts of Silver, Copper and Zinc, therefore watch-case (without internals) would then weigh 50gm, due to the additional 12.5gm of Apple’s unique mix of metals, blended in its Alloy-Furnaces. FYI, currently (as of 2/27/2015) spot-gold is hovering between $1204 to $1219 per troy ounce. Recall the under-side of the iWatch is stainless-steel which seals the watch-cased Computer module, Lithium Polymer battery, and houses 4 biometric sensor components.

Apple with its team of the best Metallurgists on the planet, have developed several unique 18k Gold formulations that delivers 18k Gold Alloys with custom Colors offering greater Gold hardness and durability unique to Apple. Typically 18k Gold is “softer” making it more prone to scratching and scuffing, showing greater signs of wear, than with traditional 14k Gold alloy formulations.

The Most Common 18k Gold Colors and Formulations are Displayed in this article with graphics and charts showing. The common alloys of elemental Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc in various levels of concentrations. Notice in the 12 Gold Colors Chart, Yellow Gold contains Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc with Gold representing 75% of the Alloy. To produce Rose colored Gold, the formulation contains only three elements: Gold, Silver, and Copper, removing Zinc. It will be very interesting to know the precise Formulation of Elements Apple’s team of metallurgists have chosen to create its unique Colors and Hardness, never seen before in the Gold Industry.

Apple is Reinventing the Watch. One should not be surprised that when Apple committed to a Watch-Wearable product, again Apple is REINVENTING the business of Gold Wearable Watches. From the images that Apple has displayed, and as presented in this article, Apple has created several striking 18k Gold Colors never seen in the industry. My bet is the brilliance of the gold colors is not simply a photoshop magic act, their unique Gold colors will be even more striking up close and personal, when the buying public visualized the Apple Watch in their Retail Stores.

As a reference, a typical ROLEX watch and bracelet uses 150gm of Gold; however, the gold is contained in the base Watch plus its hefty Bracelet. The Rolex bracelet accounts for a significant portion of the total gold metal package.

Apple Watch Computer module $200, the same module in all Apple Watches
Apple Watch Edition’s gold uses 37.5gm 24k Gold valued at $1500 for an 18k Gold formulation, presently spot-gold is $1205/gm [math: (37.5/31.1) x $1205 = $1500 the cost of the gold component]
Apple Watch Form, Jewlers add “Form” value to the price of its jewelry creations, say $2300
Apple Edition Band, say $500
Apple Watch Edition retail price = $4500 (math: $200 + $1500 + $150 + $2300 + $500)

Specifically, people in the supply-line familiar with this topic claim Apple has commenced production of about 6 million Apple Watches many weeks ago, for the iWatch’s first quarterly production-run; just over half of the production is earmarked for the Sport model, with a third of the production-run allocated for the middle-segment stainless-steel Apple Watch, with the balance is the Top-Tier Edition production, about 10% for the Apple Watch [Gold] Edition models.

Apple Watch Edition impact on Global Gold Supply. One more thing, lets have some fun in determining what Apple Watch Edition sales may have on the World’s supply for gold. Here are some givens to consider
 Apple Watch facts and conversion factors: there are 31.1gm in 1.00 Troy Ounce, there are 32,150.75 Troy ounces in one Metric Ton, Global production of Gold is 2500 Metric Tons annually, spot-gold price currently hovering around $1205 per troy ounce
 Apple is currently produce 500,000 gold Edition Apple Watch units as its initial quarterly production-run
 Apple Watch Edition ramps up production to 1 million Apple Watch units monthly [or more] as demand dictates
 Apple Watch Edition requires 37.5gm of pure 24k Gold for each iWatch, guesstimated
 Apple Watch Edition utilized 1.2058 Troy ounces of Gold per Apple Watch Edition, extrapolation of a guesstimate
 Apple Watch Edition will consume 14,469,453 troy ounces of Gold in its First fiscal Year of production, equating to 450 Metric Tons of 24k Gold/Yr, which equates to over 5x Rolex’s current Gold consumption
 Apple will Buy $18.086 Billion per Year for 24k Gold Bullion to built its Gold Edition Watches, base on current assumptions and spot-gold prices
 Apple Edition Watch Gold will place a New Demand for 20% of the total annual global Gold production
 Reference #1. Rolex sells $4.7 billion in gold watches yearly, from an estimated 600,000 Rolex watch sales. Rolex watches average 150gm or 4.82 troy ounces of Gold per watch, equating to 2.894 million troy ounces, or 90 Metric Tons Gold/annually
 Reference #2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York stores on average 7,000 metric tons of Gold Bullion in its Manhattan vault.

 By Mid-April, 2015, we are expecting over 50,000 Apple Watch Apps on the AppStore. Currently, for an average iPhone user there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We currently have 418 Apps on my iPhone 6 Plus and 300 Apps on Marilyn’s iPhone 6 Plus. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch may have 75 Apps per Apple Watch. There may likely be no single killer app for Apple Watch when the iWatch is released (other than the iWatch Configuration App) as each user will have their “own set of Killer Apps.” One way to look at this new “Wearable” is that the consumer is getting 75 different devices housed in one Apple Watch. Several Analysts are projecting that Apple may sell over 40 million Apple Watches in 1st the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.

Many of the Apple Watch details are still unconfirmed, typical for Apple product releases, most notably the three-tired segment pricing, Apple Watch may be the revenue growth driver Apple needs for this April-Quarter, typically a relatively modest earnings period.

Apple’s Sports Watch is configured with an satin Aluminum case with a variety of elastomer sports water resistant bands. The Apple Watch is housed in highly polished hardened Stainless Steel with two colors, with a number of elegant bracelets. For the fashion minded, the Apple Watch Edition is encased in a highly polished and hardened Gold case accompanied with appealing bracelets. If our guesstimates are correct, this new Wearable product-line may have significant implications for year-over-year revenue growth at the company.

If the last eight quarterly financial reports are an indication, Apple may benefit handsomely with this mid-year revenue accelerator. The first fiscal-quarter (Apple’s fourth calendar quarter) is where Apple has really outperformed, growing revenue nearly 30% year-over-year.

Led by the newest iterations of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, most notably Apple smashed all expectations and accordingly propelled the $AAPL stock to all-time highs, with no end in sight. Not to mention that many of the largest Investment Banking firms’ analysts increasing the Target Pricing to $150/share and seemingly other analysts concurring with increased share target pricing.

Apple’s mid-year quarterly performance are generally less impressive then Apple’s first quarter results. And while it is important to note that 5% to 6% year-over-year growth is still amazing for a huge company pushing nearly $200 billion in revenues, with an Apple Watch earnings injection during the seasonally slower quarters should be an additional catalyst for Apple’s stock trading prices.

As you may know, one of the Apple “low” growth quarters is the third fiscal quarter, that typically starts April 1st. With an iWatch April release date expected, the Apple Watch may be most felt during this quarter. Assuming forecasts are close to reality, Apple generally errs on the conservative side with their projections. The Apple Watch may add roughly 16.8% growth to the quarter year-over-year, considering all other product sales factors constant. However, being rather bullish on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these “slower” seasonal quarters may be “not so slow” as usually expected by the “talking heads.”

The Big Question: Which Watch is for You? With the start of the New Year the specialty Watch Makers like Montblanc, Longines, Baume & Mercier, and others announce and display their new creations to the public.

Watches – Which is Best for You Comparing a robust “mans” chronograph with a modern gold iWatch with a red-band is eye catching, the primary purpose. However, when one acquires Mechanical-Chronographs with Complications in its Face, other than the watch-band, your use and visuals are Fixed. With iWatch other than your choice of the Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum alloy case, all else may be changed including the bands.

With the iWatch, Fixed only applies to your choice of how tall the watch body is, either 38mm or 42mm, and your choice of metal, Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum… all else you may change. The Watch Face may look anyway you desire, with Complications or not, thousands of possibilities, that you may change anytime. Directly under iWatch’s highly polished scratch-proof Sapphire Crystal, is a brilliant OLEM retina touch-display.

iWatch Face may display whatever information you desire, Day, Date, Graphics, Animations, iMessages, eMail, Weather, your next Calendar event, an incoming Call or Text, the position of Planet Earth in its solar system, your Heart rate, your Friend’s Heart Rate, anything or everything you desire, including the local Time. Want the Second-Hand on an analog face, turn it on or off. Want Digital or Analog time display, Want the Day/Date, turn these on or off, as you desire. Bands and Materials may be easily changed, choose from Leather bands, Stainless, Links, Sports elastomer Bands, however your use and venue dictates. Have a sports band for daily use, and have a elegant band for evening wear. You may easily change the iWatch Band, with no tools whatsoever.

iWatch Graphics. These two graphics shows the 42mm and 38mm iWatch faces and an overlay. The 38mm iWatch face graphic has an Overlay (the blue left and bottom edges) highlighting the 42mm iWatch face to show the size comparisons.

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. After completing the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook mentioned just “One more thing…” a famous Steve Jobs saying, and went on to Announce the Apple Watch. This Video Link takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announces the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces a new innovative reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple Watch certainly is not intended for everyone, neither is the Montblanc, a more limited audience for sure. Lets face it, “old fashioned electro-mechanical” wrist watches have an appeal to more mature affluent audiences, while possess “retro attraction” to the yuppie millennials. However, these classic mechanicals may be 42mm in diameter by 12mm, fragile, relatively expensive, and many amazingly keep terrible time. The iWatch has a 42mm face that rests 12mm on your wrist, and a second iWatch model of 38mm.

Apple Watch embodies many interesting aspects, as under its highly polished Sapphire Crystal is a brilliant OLED very high resolution “retina” touch-screen, that may Display hundreds of possible iWatch Faces. I’m imagining that the iWatch face is a rounded-rectangular shape so that the four-corners may house miniature Informative-Icons, or other Graphic Signals, or not.

Apple Watch’s Display is Strategic, meaning that with careful software graphics capabilities, one may design a “Perpetual Calendar Chronograph” digital iWatch face with unlimited complications, being mindful not to make it too confusing. On the other hand, one may choose an uncluttered iWatch face, or something in between, all user selectable.

🍎⌚️ Apple Engineers Completing iWatch Software. Apple has ceded the 4th beta of its iOS8.2 software today, largely dealing with the iWatch interface and its connectivity with iPhones. Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s complex iOS operating system software.

🍎⌚️ Sources familiar with iWatch development say the Apple Watch is currently ahead of schedule and on track to ship in the United States in March according to 9to5MAC, who has a very good track record and sources, in predicting product releases. Apple previously stated that the wearable product will ship in “early 2015” certainly not a very precise phrase.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch engineers have been “polishing up” the iWatch iOS operating system and putting the device’s Battery through very extensive testing. Apple engineers have also been “working overtime to improve the inductive charging system necessary for “contact-less” charging-up the device’s internal Lithium Polymer, LiON battery each night.” Tim Cook stated during an October 2014 press event that: “We think you’re going to end up charging the Apple Watch daily. Overnight, that’s what we think.”

iWatch Show-Floor DemoThis link shows an on-floor Apple-Show 5 minute raw employee-demo of the use and settings of the iWatch: http://youtu.be/rwv-3wZocK4.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey. Notice the Graph above drawn from the statistics from a recent extensive survey (conducted by finance company Credit Suisse) of current iPhone owners approximately
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Buy iWatch
⌚️ 10% of iPhone Owners will Probably Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will May Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will Probably Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 100% of iPhone Owners that are Considering the Purchase of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation Assumptions . Lets extrapolate these statistics further. For the 10% of those stating they will Probably Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy, lets estimate that if 1000 people in the Apple Store stated they Probably will buy, lets say 500 of the 1000, about 1/2 of this group, will actually buy the iWatch; Similarly, For the 27% of those stating they will May Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy; lets estimate that if 2700 people in the Apple Store stated they are Maybe Buyers, lets say 700 of the 2700, about 1/4th of this group will actually buy the iWatch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation. Using the logic and assumptions above, lets restate three of the above groups of Likely Buyers, Probable Buyers, and Maybe Buyers, into a Single grouping of what we’ll call “Very Likely” Buyers
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Definitely Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 5% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Probably Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 7% of iPhone Owners that stated they May Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 30% of iPhone Owners therefore are “Very Likely” Buyers of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ Your Wait for Apple Watch may be over… sooner than you may have thought. According to news reports, Apple Watch iOS version software has been finalized. Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Apple Watch wearable device is on track for a March 2015 release timeframe, although no specific date is available. These news reports trim the previous timeline quite a bit. Fairly soon you may see long lines forming outside at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. I witnessed the unruly lines at 2am outside Apple’s Boca Raton store for the iPhone 6 Friday morning release, September 19, 2014.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch wearable device is on track for March, 2015 release, although no more detail on a specific release date is currently known. These news reports trim the timeline, and provide more precision on the iWatch release, then you’ll see the long lines forming at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. Prior to this News, Apple stated an imprecise phrase “Early 2015” as the iWatch release schedule. Another Senior Corporate spokesperson was even more vague stating a “Spring 2015” iWatch release schedule. Take a moment to view these beautifully produced Apple Watch videos.

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production will begin this month, January, 2015, whereas the iWatch was once scheduled to be rolling off Apple contracted lines in February.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production Orders. Apple has reportedly ordered 24 million iWatches from their contracted supplier, Quanta. In response to this relatively strong initial production order, Quanta has increased its workforce five-fold, increasing it from 2,000 workers to 10,000 workers. It’s expected that Quanta will then double again its workforce to 20,000 as the Apple Watch develops its sales momentum as 2015 progresses.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million unit Initial Production Order. One may consider a 24 million initial order seemingly aggressive; However, if recent polling is correct, 24 million iWatches may be on the mark or somewhat conservative. Current polling indicates that about 10% of iPhone users are actually “Very Likely” to buy the Apple Watch; Combine this 10% in the “Very Likely” Group, with an even larger group of iWatch iFolks, that say they are “Somewhat Likely” may increase the total “Likely Buyers Group” by another 5%. If predictive of actual demand, this trend will stress the supply-line for the 24 million iWatch initial production order.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Time will Tell, this high level of predictive demand may give the impression of production constraints, although, having the effect of keeping iWatch stocks flowing out of Apple retail stores, as fast as inventory arrives. Our guess, for the initial 12 months that iWatch is available, there may be some 30 million to 38 million iWatches sold.

🍎⌚️ Think about it. IMHO, Apple “pre Announced” the Apple Watch in September last year for multiple purposes
(🍎) Apple Defines this new product’s concepts early, rather than the rumor-mills and leaks
(🍎🍎) Provides sufficient time for the market-place, the iPhone folks to digest this entirely new product concepts
(🍎🍎🍎) Six months of assimilation, the iWatch pre-announcement to its formal release, gives everyone time to imagine having this unique Wearable, a marketing marvel by Apple.

🍎⌚️ History of 2007 iPhone. Recall Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs on stage during Apple’s annual Macworld conference, announced Apple’s very first iPhone. Starting off with the words “We’re gonna make some history today” Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs tricked the audience by claiming he was going to introduce three new products: an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone and an Internet communications device, knowing that all three components were built into Apple’s newly Announced iPhone.

🍎⌚️ First iPhone Announcement. Similarly, when the Original iPhone was Announced January 9, 2007, 6 months later its was Release on June 29, 2007. This 6 months duration gave the World, the Market, the Apple Analysts, and Clients an “assimilation” period to digest The New iPhone Concept.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/qe68rx The iWatch presentation given September, 2014 is presently being “assimilated” just as the iPhone was exactly 8 years Ago, January 9, 2007 at its announcement. Presently, Apple has sold more than 530,000,000 iPhones, and is expected to sell some 220,000,000 iPhones this year.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/cd48rx The First iPhone, 8 years ago (21m:15s into the Macworld Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs the iPhone is Reinvented).

🎬 http://tiny.cc/zx48rx. The First iPad was Reinvented on April 3, 2010. In sum there are over 750,000,000 iPhones and iPads in circulation, by year-end 1,000,000,000 iDevices enhancing peoples lives.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million Production Schedule. The News Reports do not specifically outline the reasons for Apple moving iWatch production up; However, there were vague references that “production yield issues” have been resolved. This could be referring to either the LiON Battery, Sapphire Crystal, the Touch Display, or a mix of the three. If the iWatch is as popular as we think it will be, Apple will need as much of a production head-start as they can.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Display. The centerpiece of the Apple Watch is an bright AMOLED display (newly designed for Apple) that is estimated to be more costly than traditional LCD screens Apple uses in its iPhones and iPads, which are not AMOLED displays. According to Taiwan’s Apple Daily, the alleged terms of the Quanta deal limit Quanta from partnering with any competing device makers building wearable electronics. This News Report aligns with earlier rumors suggesting that Quanta had secured “exclusive manufacturing rights” for the Apple Watch, although some reporters are suggesting that Foxconn and Inventec may “muscle their way” into the iWatches’ supply chain.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Associate Training. iWatch training courses will commence February 9th through February 16th. The core training will take place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and a satellite office in Austin, Texas. Direct training will be given to one or two representatives from each of the 263 USA Apple Stores. At the completion of the iWatch Training, the Store Associates are then tasked to return to their Apple store, to train the Store sales staff. Apple has currently 444 retail stores operating in 16 countries, including 263 in the USA, plus an online store available in 39 countries.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Training is said to commence in early February; however, the Apple Watch release date is set for March. According to news reports, those who completed Direct Corporate Headquarters training will thereafter be training their Home-Based Apple store staff. This follow-up training will occur in the days just before the Apple Watch release Event. Apparently since Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told the pre-release iWatch story at the announcement of the iPhone 6 in September, 2014, Apple is not concerned with pre-release leaks from its 30,000 retail store associates.

🍎⌚️ iWatch, Apple Watch is the most personal iDevice ever. Apple’s goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible, more relevant and ultimately more personal.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first Apple product to be worn.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple took a very unusual step in pre-announcing an entirely new Product Category BEFORE it was ready for release. Granted, Apple announces its iPhones, iPads, MacBooks before actual product release; however, for these MAC and iDevices, there was a 7 to 11 day period one waited for delivery of the New product released. In contrast Apple “Announced” the AppleWatch in late September, 2014 concurrently with its iPhone 6 announcement; however, Apple indicated then, that the iWatch would be Available in “early 2015.”

🍎⌚️ Apple will release iWatch in Early 2015. I can imagine Five vocabulary words for defining “when” in 2015 other than mentioning a chosen Calendar Quarter or a particular Month. Apple could have used these Four phrases: Beginning, Early, Middle, Late 2015. Late 2015 could mean November-December 2015, Middle could indicate May-June-July 2015.

🍎⌚️ What does “Early 2015″ tell us? Since Apple chose not to use a particular Month like January 2015, January likely not what Apple had in mind. However, “Early, 2015″ could mean either February, March, or April. Lets Add one more factor. Apple’s reports its financial results on a fiscal basis, where its 1st fiscal Quarter is defined as December 1st through February 28. Since the iPhone 6 is selling strongly, perhaps Apple desires the AppleWatch to make its Sales-Splash beginning in March of 2015 the start of Apple’s 2nd fiscal quarter.

🍎⌚️ Apple – One thing I have learned about Apple… “Apple does everything on purpose, with all aspects thoroughly thought out.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Driven culturally to deliver. Apple is proud and patient with all product releases by “getting it right” technology-wise, market-wise, and timing-wise, getting most of the bugs out before the public see it, and before its critics see it. Apple may also desire to give its stable of independent developers, some time for iWatch Application (App) Development. Apple may desire the “kick off” the iWatch in its 2nd fiscal quarter of 2015.

🍎⌚️ Apple prefers to release new products on Friday for a Three-Day, Friday-Saturday-Sunday “weekend” sales splash. Looking at our Calendar, February 27, 28, March 1st, is the first weekend containing a March date; however, March 6, 7 and 8 is the first all March Weekend.

🍎⌚️ Apple Factoid to Consider. Apple is somewhat constrained in the fabrication of the Sapphire Crystals used on the WATCH and its WATCH EDITION product lines (the Sports models have hardened glass crystals not sapphire), Apple may be scheduling the Apple Watch in March giving sufficient time to build up a reasonable inventory of all the iWatch models. Its illogical for Apple to create huge anticipation, and not have a reasonable inventory of iWatch models to satisfy its Loyal Following.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Release Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015, total conjecture though, as we have NO internal sources whatsoever.

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. The iPhone is mentioned in this article, as the adoption of the iWatch may follow the adoption-history of the iPhone. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, 30 years after Motorola literally “invented” their very popular, however, expensive Star•TAC 8500XL. I bought this Motorola “Brick” 30 years ago for $4200 in 1985, weighing in at 28oz. I retained it as a souvenir of the times, then the most portable cellular phone.

🍎⌚️ 30 Million to 38 Million iWatch customers may be “voting” with their Wallets in its first 12 months of availability. Lets see how we get to these numbers. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, it showed an adoption rate of 11 million iPhones in its 1st fiscal year (21 million in the 2nd fiscal year, 39 million in year 3, 72 million in year 4, 125 million units sold in the 5th year of the iPhone). Our guess is the adoption rate of the AppleWatch may follow the growth rate history of the iPhone, as both devices (iPhone and iWatch) were totally new Apple products.

🍎⌚️ iPhones are currently selling at 72 million units per quarter, capturing 51.3% of all global smartphone activations, 3 Times that of Samsung’s. With about 469 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then say 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales… this are our guesstimates.

🍎⌚️ AppleWatch Likely Buyers. A recent survey by Quartz (QZ.com) shows that about 14% of iPhone Owners who indicated that they are either Very Likely, Likely and Somewhat Likely to buy the new iWatch this year; however, some 86% are not interested in adopting for the iWatch in 2015. The Quartz Survey chart is displayed for your review. Lets use this 14% extrapolation.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s recent Annual Report, iPhone Sales represents about $101.9 Billion in iPhone Sales, for 169.2 Million iPhone unit sales, amounts to an average iPhone sales price of $602.72/unit. If in fact for the first 12 months of iWatch sales, 14% of iPhone owners buy the AppleWatch, then about 23 million iWatches may be purchased.

🍎⌚️ 469,000 iPhones reportedly are in Circulation, remove the 169 million iPhones sold last year, lets consider the remaining 300 million iPhone owners that purchased iPhones in years before 2014. Lets assume just 5% of those remaining iPhone owners buy the iWatch, this would add 15 million of possible iWatch buyers. Combine these two assumptions 23 million + 15 million = 38 million iWatch sales may occur in the first 12 months of AppleWatch sales.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s creation of the iPhone seven years ago, Apple literally reinvented the mobile cellular phone, into a very crowded market; However Apple literally changed the Mobile Phone into a “SmartPhone” weighing in at 6oz and sized at 0.46″x2.4″x4.5″ that continues to be improved and enhanced, today with their iPhone 6 sized at 0.27″x2.6″x5.4″ and 6 Plus sized at 0.28″x3.1″x6.2″.

🍎 Today, January 9th is the 8th Anniversary for the First iPhone. This was a great Day for Apple and an incredible Proud Day for Steve Jobs!

🍎 See the First Look at the iPhone, 8 years ago: <u http://tiny.cc/jsl7rx (21m:50s into the Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs as the very First iPhone is Announced).

🍎 iWatch 🍎 Apple Watch – Apple’s Entry into Electronic Wearables

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. 22 years after the Motorola 8500XL known as “the Brick”, Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, which was so much more than a mobile phone, literally a “smartphone” weighing in at 6oz and about 1/4″ thin, 2.5″x0.26″x4.0″ that Apple continues to enhanced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s critics reported that Apple has no business getting into the mature field of experienced mobile phone makers.

🍎⌚️ In 7 years Apple has delivered 500,000,000 premium priced iPhones, and are now selling iPhone 6 and 6+ at a pace well over 200,000,000 yearly. Not a typo, Apple is currently selling premium iPhones at a pace of 72 million units reportedly per calendar quarter with a profit margin over 30%. Its been also been reported that, based on actual cellular activations, iPhone 6 models were 51.3% of all global smartphone sales in December, 2014, outselling Samsung 3-to-1. Marilyn and I each own the iPhone 6 Plus and love them.

🍎⌚️ Tablets. Similarly, tablets were available several years before Apple reinvented it with the iPad in 2010. Apple carefully examined how Apple could develop such a device that folks would really want and use. Apple’s critics again reported that Apple was waisting their energies on tablets into such a mature tablet-marketplace, where Apple would be lucky of it could sell 5 million units in a good year.

🍎⌚️ The market place “voted” with their Wallets as iPads are selling at a clip 60 million units yearly with over 250 million in use today. Marilyn has the iPad mini, fits perfectly in here handbag, and I have the iPad Air 2, fits perfectly into my nifty DECODED black leather case.

🍎⌚️ 30,000,000 iWatch sales may “vote” their Wallets in 2015. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, they show an adoption rate of 11 million units in its 1st fiscal year (21 million 2nd fiscal year, 39 million 3rd year, 72 million 4th year, 125 million 5th year) compared to current iPhone sales of 72 million units per quarter. With about 450 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales, your guess thereafter…

🍎⌚️ Watch. Some Watch history. The watch which was developed in the 16th century (circa 1530) was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears which moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel. Most of the subsequent 500 year history of watches was devoted to refining the mechanical watch.

🍎⌚️ The Quartz Watch in the 1960s, which ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal, proved a radical departure for the industry. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches, an event referred to as the “quartz crisis”. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.

🍎⌚️ The origin of the word “Watch” is that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).

🍎⌚️ First watches were strictly mechanical, driven by spring-powered clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals, producing accurately timed electronic pulses. Some watches use radio-clock-technology to regularly correct the time. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970, the Pulsar LED.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple again, is reinventing the Watch, certainly entering a very mature field, dating back to the 16th century, 500 years ago and the “electronic” watch of 1970’s, some 50 years in the making. Apple’s entry into the “Watch” arena may be similar to its entry into Mobile Phones, when it made cell phones literally “Smart.” With the iWatch, Apple will be making the timekeeping wearable very “Smart” too.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple has created three venues for their Wearable: Apple Watch, Sports, and the Edition, each containing many designs, metals, and bands, generating thousands of possibilities to reach a huge audience, with no compromise with its core capability. Presently I am wearing a RADO for the past 10 years, loving it. However, with the release of the Apple Watch, I’m highly motivated towards the Apple Watch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone Connection. A significant capability of the iWatch is its connectivity with the iPhone. Think about it, all of the iPhone’s: rote Computing power, SIRI, sensors, GPS, Internet, WiFi, 3G, 4G, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, its Processor, Memory, its Apps are available to and from the iWatch. Literally thousands of developers are having a “field-day” imagining all the capability and connectivity between your iPhone, your iWatch, and everyone else’s iWatch and iPhone.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A simple example. Imaging the ladies that have an iPhone in their purse, or the guy with his iPhone in a briefcase, its ringer is off, to not disturb their surroundings. The iPhone receives an important telephone call. With the iPhone’s connectivity to the iWatch, the iWatch’s underside, sends a tympanic (“tap” or two) onto your wrist, notifying you of an incoming voice call, text, or upcoming calendar event…

🍎⌚️ Rotate your wrist a bit to glance at who’s calling you… To ignore the Call or Text, (lets say you are sitting at a conference table taking notes and participating with 12 others), simply cover your wrist with your other hand, which signals iWatch to ignore the Connection… or, answer the Call on the iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch you may answer the telephone call speak and listen through the iWatch’s internal miniature speaker and microphone… you may then transfer the call to your iPhone, as the call may be lengthly, knowing its worth the effort to retrieve the iPhone from your purse or briefcase. Alternatively, if you didn’t want to receive this call, you could send a text message to that caller from your AppleWatch, texting that: “I will return the call once you’re out of the meeting, I’m on my Way, I’ll call you in and hour….”

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone An ApplePay example. You are at Walgreens and want to pay for your personal supplies and Meds, instead of finding your Wallet and extracting a traditional Plastic Credit Card, or instead of finding your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, with its new ApplePay capability… just reach-out to position your iWatch close to the Walgreens cash-register’s NCF transceiver terminal, and your iWatch will communicate with your iPhone, and Walgreens Store… you can select the CC you desire and authorize payment, using the touch-display of your iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A Camera example. You have a terrific group shot to capture with your iPhone, you prop up the iPhone on the dining room table… to get in the shot you could let a stranger snap the shot for you, or you could, leave the iPhone on the dining room table, while you position yourself in the Shot, then LOOK at your APPLE WATCH, where you can actually see the image like looking into a “viewfinder” and then snap the shot or two, once everyone settles into a good pose. Once the image is captured you can see the result on the display of your AppleWatch. These examples do not even mention all the HEALTH capabilities.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. AppleWatch wearable is a Technology Marvel, making it possible to package microchips, sensors, graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, Firmware, Software, Apps… into one highly styled shock and water resistant wearable, that will “Tell a lot more than Time.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Heavily Invested with reInventing the Watch, which electronic watch industry has been tinkering with since the 1970’s.

🍎⌚️ Viewing Apple’s web-pages devoted to introducing the 2015 AppleWatch, you’ll get the message that Apple is deeply committed to having the masses add to their existing wearables, and encouraging others that don’t don wearables, may now do so.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

First Portion of this Article briefly highlights traditional high-value electro-mechanical time pieces, priced from $3,500 to over $50,000 followed by reporting on Apple’s unique contribution to the Watch arena, priced from $350 to several $Thousand. [Apple has not published their pricing as of this writing.]

Montblanc is now one of the most exciting brands under Richemont’s wide umbrella, thanks in no small part to Jerome Lambert’s leadership, the man who played a key role in making Jaeger-LeCoultre the powerhouse that it is today.

With SIHH 2015 Conference on January 19th, http://tiny.cc/r8wdsx, The SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE, where watch makers released details of there latest watch offerings, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, among others.

Montblanc’s Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes with a 41mm diameter case, available in 18k red gold (priced at $17,000) and stainless steel for the “wealthy wannabes” including polished bezel, with a horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The band-lug, which curve quite steeply, have the same satin treatment.

Montblanc’s Heritage Case thickness is 12mm, which is not thin, but entirely acceptable, as the mechanical movement was not developed from scratch, apparently the “movement” was purchased from a true watch maker’s previous invention. [Editorial remark: one would think for a $17k end product, Montblanc would design a unique watch movement for this release.]

Montblanc’s joining this first-rate array of watches for 2015 is the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarrum, featuring an in-house developed worldtime complication (more on this later). Worldtimers are not all that uncommon, but are notoriously tricky to get right. There is a lot of information to display, and if the designers and engineers are not careful, the dial can easily become way too busy, to be easily legible.

Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time, has done it right with one of the best examples of a well-designed worldtimer.

Watches worthy of mention are Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Worldtimer, Girard-Perregaux’s Traveller WW.TC And Moon Phase, which has chronograph functions to boot, (priced at $52,000) or (€44,000). [now that’s a bargain.] Like the Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar before it, this new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is also “very attractively priced” [not my words], in red gold, this watch will retail for $17,000 or (€14,400); and in stainless steel, the price is a very tempting $6,100 or (€5,175), [not really?]

☎️📞📡🍎 Marilyn and I will likely select iWatch styles, and take advantage of what seems to be an amazing step forward in personal wearable devices.

☎️📞📡🍎 Take a moment and watch several of Apple’s excellently produced videos at these locations.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/
🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

☎️📞📡🍎 Many Reasons for regular folks to take a hard look at the Apple Watch priced from $400 to thousands, depending on metal.

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes in a 41mm case – available in 18k red gold and stainless steel – with polished bezel and horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The lugs, which curve quite steeply, have the same treatment. Case thickness is around 12mm, which is a little on the thick side, but entirely acceptable, since the movement was not developed from scratch. At $17,000 what a bargain. NOT.

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Jim Wilson, Biography (Imaging/Technology), 2013, Boca Raton, FL

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Jim Wilson, Biography (Imaging-Technology), 2013, Boca Raton, FL

🔴 2000 — Presently – Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Campus, Adjunct Faculty member, a 28,000 student, Boca Raton Florida State University , Working at the. Charles E Schmidt College of Science, engaged with providing comprehensive digital imaging solutions and product programs offered to a the student population and non-registered continuing education students. The course work contains 24 units which follows the 24 chapters in the book authored, "Principles of Digital Photography and Post Image Processing." This textbook was written by Jim.Wilson, is in it’s second edition, published by Pearson Education, Boston, Mass., 2003 and 2007. The course work also includes the Art of Image Capture, image Composition, the review and demonstration of recent digital imaging Cameras, scanners, printers, computers, APPLE and Photoshop imaging software related components, and storage methodologies.

🔴 1995 — Presently – Product Training and Teaching Strengths: • Adjunct Faculty, College of Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, teaching "Principles of Digital Photography and Post Image Processing" a blend of the Art and Science of image capture, and image editing techniques. • Serving as a private instructor/mentor for students of Photography, APPLE, MAC, and iPad Apps, fine tuning the Art of image Capture, Digital Image Editing techniques. • Developed Digital Imaging Product Reviews for new Digital Editing Software, Cameras, Printers, Lens Systems, scanners, printers. • Developed strategies and methods, training modules for enhanced sales results for RITZ Camera Stores. • Served as mentor-instructor for the sales staff to enhance their techniques, selling strategies, and technical product knowledge. • Managed high volume, RITZ retail store, (digital cameras, scanning devices, printers) Boca Raton, Florida, as late-shift manager. • Achievements, Placed in top 10 of 7,000 associates, national sales contest, multiple years, RITZ Camera, a 1400 store chain. • Instructor, teaching High School Math, Algebra, Geometry and advanced math, for South Florida County Schools Systems. • Served as private instructor for students requiring one-on-one training for Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biological Sciences.

🔴 1985 — Present – Bayshore Investments, serving, part-time, as operating partner and investor in various entities engaged in the management of income producing real estate, with an emphasis on commercial developments in south Florida. Principal activities included structuring and negotiating institutional joint ventures, institutional debt and equity financing transactions, construction and developer agreements, construction management agreements, land acquisition and site selection activities. During the period indicated projects totaled over 1 million square feet of income properties, with production costs totaling approximately $100 million. Also served, as an Chief Executive Officer for Southern Security Bank, engaged in traditional commercial banking activities in south Florida, served as chairman of the Director’s Loan and Credit Policy Committees.

🔴 Education, Licenses: Florida Atlantic University, Charles E Schmidt College of Science, Adjunct Faculty; Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree granted by Union College. Florida Real Estate Broker Licensee; currently licensed through March, 2014. FREC BR-0530756.

🔴 Publications/Author: "Principles of Digital Photography and Post Image Processing," required reading at FAU for the related course-work. Work published by Pearson Education, Boston, Mass, 1st edition, October, 2003; 2nd edition, March, 2007.

🔴 Biography published in multiple additions of Who’s Who in America, South & Southwest, and the World, since 1984. (https://cgi.marquiswhoswho.com/OnDemand/Default.aspx?last_name=Wilson&first_name=James&page=3)

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🔴 Florida Atlantic University, College of Science, Adjunct Faculty: Authored “Principles of Digital Photography and Post Image Processing,” a technology book used at FAU, Published by Pearson Education, Inc., Boston, Mass, 1st edition Oct., 2003; 2nd edition, March, 2007. (http://www.fau.edu/mediarelations/Releases0907/090712.php)

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Apple Springs Forward with its WATCH Available April 24, 2015 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

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Apple hosted its Important Media Event March 9th, 2015 at 1pm Eastern, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, often used to display new products. Reported Pricing for the 3-tier line-up below. Apple Sprang Forward with its WATCH Available April 24, PreOrdering online April 10th.

Apple Watch is “the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch” for the “over 30 crowd” as many switch to the iWatch. For Millennials, Apple Watch may be their First Watch, as these 13-30 year olds presently don’t wear a Watch, they tell time with iPhone.

Apple Watch is a Companion to Apple’s iPhone (not an iPhone replacement). Apple has now sold and delivered 700,000,000 iPhones world wide (that’s 700 Million iPhones globally).

Apple critics screamed in January of 2007 “Apple is a Computer company and has no business getting into the crowded, experienced mobile-phone arena.” However, Apple methodically reinvented the smartphone, released it June, 2007 fortunately ignoring all their critics. iPhone sales soared to 74.5 million for the 90 day period ending 12/31/2014, and are projected to sell 225 million iPhones for Apple’s fiscal 2015.

Apple again was criticized, similarly in 2010, for entering the crowed, mature Tablet marketplace… good thing Apple ignored that advice, as it again reinvented the Tablet with its iPad, having delivering 225,000,000 units.

Apple iPhone/iPad sales combined total about 925,000,000 iPhones and iPads have been sold into a crowded, competitive, mature marketplace. Apple has also earned a 99% Customer Satisfaction rating, unheard of in this industry. Critics are similarly questioning the wisdom of the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch represents the 2015 moment in time, “likely the beginning of the end of the traditional Watch for the 35 and over crowd” as many Apple iPhone owners switch to the iWatch for regular wear. For the Millennials, the Apple Watch will likely be their First Watch, as these 13-to-30 year olds largely do not wear Watches, noticing the time of day with their iPhones.

Apple Watch’s success is directly related to the percentage of Apple iPhone Users desire the added convenience of the Apple Watch. Keep in mind, Apple product owners have demonstrated, they are willing to pay the Premium Price for Apple’s superior products.

Pre-Orders for the Apple Watch begin April 10 in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom. The Apple Watch will be available for preview, and try-on by appointment, at Apple’s retail stores, and available for preorder through the Apple Online Store.

Retail Store Sales for the Apple Watch begin on April 24. The Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom.

Extensive Apple owner surveys tell us, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 owners, about 220 million strong, about 10% to 15% are definitely interested in the Apple Watch within 90 days of its release. Those Surveyed as “definitely interested” in buying an Apple Watch in 90 days, translates into an Apple Watch sale, the simple math projects about 22 million to 33 million Apple Watch sales may result in the 12 month period from April 24, 2015.

 This Link takes directly to the Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/watch/

Apple Watch Magic. The AppleWatch pairs with your iPhone, so when messages, calls, texts, emails, tweets, FB posts, and calendar appointment reminders come to you, you will not have to dig in your purse, pocket or briefcase, for your iPhone. With the iWatch you simply rotate your wrist 30 degrees into your view, to glance at who’s attempting to communicating with you.

Apple Watch’s Simple gestures permits you to communicate, or take the phone call, if the call will likely be extended, now you know its worth the effort to get your iPhone in hand, and talk from it, the call being seamlessly captured by your iPhone.

Apple Watch App. The airline industry is delivering your Boarding Pass to your iWatch too. Fumbling for the iPhone or paper boarding passes to get through AirPort Security now becomes obsolete with Apple Watch. Same for Hotels, thousands are changing their room-lock-electronics to accept your iWatch to unlock your Hotel-Room, no more metal keys, the end of swiping plastic-coaded cards. The list goes on and on with Apple Watch.

 To view the Apple Media Event that was broadcasted at 1:00pm Eastern on March 9th, 2015 below is a convenient LINK for this very interesting and informative Apple Products Show.

http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/

 Notice the slides of the most recent, the 21st Apple retail store in China. Apple will be adding another 19 retail stores in china this year.

Apple opened its first retail store in Beijing China in 2008. The country has quickly become one of Apple’s most important retail markets, thanks to a growing middle class eager to own the company’s high-end iPhone smartphones, iPads and Mac Book computers. Recently reported China represents 20% of Apple retail sales globally, and Apple has earned a 25% market-share in SmartPhone sales.

Apple Orchestrates its worldwide Magazine Publicity debut of the Apple Watch. These efforts continue this week on the Cover of STYLE, a fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. The cover image of Style’s Big Spring Issue for March, 2015 features model Guinevere Van Seenus wearing an Apple Watch and is accompanied by an additional two full-page spread inside the magazine that provides further details about the wrist-worn Apple Watch, including interesting hints about the pricing of the space gray models. Notice our list below of extensive guesstimates for all three tiers of the Apple Watch.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may signal that the Apple Watch may be released sooner than later, perhaps earlier in April, say April 3rd, April’s first FRIDAY, perhaps the last portion of Match. You may recall we reported last year that Apple was “a month ahead of schedule in the Apple Watch development timeline“. Apple’s Spring Forward media event may signal that the Apple Watch may be available for on-line purchase, perhaps as early as mid-Match.

iF Announced at its International Forum Awards Gala in Munich, Apple Watch wins the coveted IF Gold Award for 2015. Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF entry Label, only a few win the gold award for excellence in several categories.

 The Apple Watch competed with over 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award segment that covers a number of commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products.

 The IF Award Jury noted: “The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

 While Apple has discussed Apple Watch design and keystone features at length, the company has not yet presented the full hardware specifications and pricing details, likely to be heard at Apple’s March 9 Media Event. In a recent report, analyst Gene Munster estimated mid-tier Apple Watch models will retail for $499 to $599, depending on customization options, while the high-end Apple Watch Edition could sell for $4,999.

Apple Watch Tier Graphic. Notice the graphic below where we have estimated the average spelling prices, APS, for the Apple Watch. Most of those reporting on this topic are in general agreement on the ASP price range for the Sports Watch ($350 to $400) and the Apple Watch, the middle tier’s ASP ($500 to $900) depending on the band.

Among Reporters, there is little consensus for the pricing on the Apple Watch Edition, the 18k Gold Apple Watch. The ASP estimates range from $2500 to $10,000. Of course these figures vary largely based on the assumed amount of Gold that is incorporated in the Apple Watch gold case. Our estimate is, there may be 37.5gm of 24k Gold, then combined with 12.5gm of other elements to formulate 50gm of 18k Yellow or Rose colored Gold.

24k Gold Bars trading today at $1200 per troy ounce, lets compute the ASP, average selling price, of the Apple Watch Edition
⌚️ GOLD $1450 of gold metal in the watch case; add to this
⌚️ S1 Watch Chip $200 Apple’s S1 electronics-watch-chip and battery
⌚️ Watch Bands $550 for watch bands and bracelets,
⌚️ $2,200 Total Cost direct costs for the Edition Watch
⌚️ $1,800 Operating expense Corporate expense allocation per unit
⌚️ $3,000 Profit component per unit assume reasonable margin
⌚️ $7,000 Average Selling Price yielding about a 43% profit margin, relatively Low-Level Margin for a premium Jewelry product.
⌚️ $6,500 Average Selling Price Note, if there is only One Troy ounce of Gold, rather than the 37.5gm of Gold, then the Edition Watch Gold may sell for $6,500.

Apple Watch S1 Computer Module. Apple’s ability to surround their (New) products, like the Apple Watch, with connectivity and its ecosystem, this Article provides some insight on the S1’s operation, plus several X-Ray views of the “Heart” of the iWatch.

Apple Watch’s brains and heart is located in its S1 Module, a “Computer Package” housed within a unique sealed Module. The S1 represents a new level of micro-miniaturization, packaging literally Billions of electronic components and sensors into a single semiconductor module, hermitically sealed in resin.

Apple S1 System in Package, SiP, processor, memory, wireless connectivity transceivers, sensors packaged into a single, resin-sealed package. The S1 package contains an Apple customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.

Apple Watch S1 Package is filled and sealed with resin to prevent any moisture intrusion and for structural durability. Very little is known about the S1, however, Chipworks (an enterprise specializing in patent and technology reverse engineering and support) believes that it has identified the Processors, the WiFi, and Bluetooth transmitters-receivers, the medium sized processor in the center at the top of the images.

 Since wristwatches were invented in the 19th century, people have been glancing at them to check the time. With Apple Watch, this simple, reflexive act allows you to learn so much more. We optimized your favorite apps for the wrist by developing Glances — scannable summaries of the information you seek out most frequently. To see them, you simply swipe up from your watch face. In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You can quickly swipe through different Glances, or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

 S1 Chip. Massive constraints have a way of inspiring interesting, creative solutions. A prime example is the custom-designed chip at the heart of Apple Watch. No traditional computer architecture could fit within such a confined space. So we found a way to integrate many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, which is then completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics from the elements, impact, and wear. Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturization

 Because it’s connected to your iPhone, Apple Watch can present time in a more personal way. One that’s based around your life and schedule. You’ll receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. So you can answer or dismiss them instantly. And since Apple Watch sits on your wrist, your alerts aren’t just immediate. They’re intimate. With a gentle tap, notifications subtly let you know when and where your next meeting starts, what current traffic conditions are like, even when to leave so you’ll arrive on time. At any point, you can simply swipe down to Notification Center to view what you may have missed.

 Apple Watch Notifications. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist. Whenever you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.

 The wrist is a convenient area for collecting data about your physical activity, a task Apple Watch is designed to perform throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses1 protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from simply standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, suggest customized goals, and reward you for reaching personal fitness milestones.

 As familiar as wearing a watch is, charging one is something new. So we decided to make it utterly effortless. In fact, our goal was to make Apple Watch easy to charge in the dark. Without looking. While being only partially awake. We arrived at a solution that combines our MagSafe technology with inductive charging. It’s a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts. And it’s very forgiving, requiring no precise alignment. You simply hold the connector near the back of the watch, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will describe how to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Apple’s team will describe the iWatch Configuration App, housed in your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3. The App delivers a unique Pathway App, to transfer your iWatch configuration seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apple is the Master of Marketing, the Company has proven this repeatedly dating back to January, 2007 with its introduction of the original iPhone. Besides, the event being named “Spring Forward” the event is the very next day when we all advanced our “Watches one hour Forward” for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in North America.

Apple’s Spring Forward theme was recited in Apple’s formal invitation was sent Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 to the global Media community. Apple will present many details about how the iWatch will benefit its users. The presentation will likely show Apple’s new Companion Apple Configuration App, that makes it super-simple to set up the your Apple Watch, directly from your iPhone, plus topics were not fully covered at its initial announcement 5 months ago, following its mid-September Announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s Spring Forward Preparation. If you’d like a “warm up exercise” in preparation of the Apple Watch media event, the link directly below this graphic, is a Video Clip of the Apple Announcement of the iWatch last September.

Apple first introduced the Apple Watch September, 2014, Apple delivered to us a “high-level” comprehensive overview at what the product will be able to do to improve our lives. We remain uninformed about many other specifics like battery life, pricing for the high-end and the other two-tiers of models.

 This link will take you directly to Apple’s iWatch presentation that was delivered around the world September, 2014… it is definitely worth it to take a look:

⌚️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU

http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/smartphone-os-market-share/

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may also Announce other New Products, for example the iPad Pro, a large display 12.9″ iPad with enhanced specifications, Speed, RAM, etc., that has been rumored for several years. Perhaps Apple may announce a new version of its Apple TV, which is years overdue for revision. My understanding, there are over 20 million Apple TV boxes in circulation.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will undoubtedly describe how we will be able to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Plus Apple will describe the iWatch Configuration App, loaded into your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3, that delivers a unique Pathway App {transferring information and configurations from your iPhone directly to your iWatch} utilizing a menu-driven system to Transfer all your Watch Settings and Notifications seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apples March 9th Media Event will provide Live-Streaming Video Broadcast World Wide to all Apple folks or anyone that has a Safari browser on their PC computer systems, plus all iPhones and iPads, the simple hardware-software criteria that Apple has used for us to qualify for the Live-Streaming Broadcasts. Having watched a number of Apple’s Live Streamed broadcasts, they are very professionally produced and scripted. In My Humble Opinion, Apple will open its Live-Streaming Media Event to hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, MAC and PC users, many of which are iWatch interested.

Apple’s Live Streaming : Spring Forward Media Event. The Link below will be activated about 30 minutes before the Live-Streaming Presentation is broadcasted everywhere at 1:00pm Eastern, Monday March 9, 2015. Note, If you click onto the Link before March 9th, it will likely not have been activated until “Game Day.”.

http://Apple.com/live

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. The Video Link below takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announced the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces this new innovative and reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple weeks ago commenced production of 6 Million Apple Watch Units representing its Initial Quarterly Order.

 Apple projects internally sales of 24 million iWatches in the first fiscal-year of sales beginning April, 2015, as stated in news reports, which Apple has not confirmed. Several other analysts project 36 million Apple Watches and more, in the first fiscal-year of sales.

Apple in my opinion, is likely not in a hurry for an early April release date, as Apple surely wants to “iron out all the wrinkles” associated with a new-product release; however, maintain an “April Release” as published. Also when considering the Apple Watch release date, towards the end of April, Apple holds its Quarterly Financial report at 5pm following the 4pm public filing of Apple’s 2015 Q2.

Apple Watch is the only NEW product-release, since the unveiling of the iPad at a Press-Event held January 27, 2010 and subsequently released on April 30, 2010 with built-in Cellular+WiFi connectivity, two weeks earlier the WiFi iPad was available to the public.

CEO, Tim Cook surely desires to hold the Apple Watch high in the air, with all of the software, hardware, App, and iOS system issues rendered as glitch-free as possible. If Apple needs a week or more to polish the edges, the Apple Watch may be released to the Public towards the end of April, like on Friday 24th.

Apple Watch early adopters, the Apple Loyalists, must be Impressed with this unique Wearable iWatch, its Easy set-up, Ease of use, Battery life, Connectivity to everything iPhone/iPad. If accomplished, the major issues the media-critics have been whining about, mostly focused on its battery life, should be silenced early on.

Emergence of early issues may severely hamper accelerated adoption by the folks; Except, yours truly as I’ll be literally on line early morning, at Apple’s Retail Store at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Presently I’m focusing on the Apple Watch mid-tier model, the Dark Stainless Steel Bracelet or the Milanese Loop

Unless you’ve just returned from a extended vacation on planet SATURN, you may know the Apple Watch is coming very soon. iWatch is scheduled to be released in April, 2015. April 3rd, is the earliest Friday in April, only 36 days from today, February 26th. Many have asked us, will there be a Pre-Release Media event, (say Tuesday March 24th) 9 days before THE Release of iWatch Inventory to Apple’s retail stores? News reports have been accelerating as the release date becomes closer to realty. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomfield and other journalists, have been discussed the new Apple Watch line-up.

Uncommon with a NEW Apple product release are the hoards of media-critics, claiming the uselessness of this new product. The Apple Watch is a unique New Product, as compared to a new Iteration of an existing product, like iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.

Historically, the Original iPhone was announced at Apple’s Maxworld Expo held January 9, 2007 annual event the media soon after slammed Apple for getting into a venue (cellular phones) it knew absolutely nothing about, considering there was already a very crowded field of experienced Mobile Phones makers.

 The Same choir of critics reported that Apple’s NEW iPad was “nothing new and if Apple’s lucky, maybe 6 million units would be sold” in its first year. Since the initial iPhone in 2007 there have been over a Billion iOS devices sold and in circulation, half of which are iPhones, Apple selling into a very crowded field of smartphone makers.

Recent articles discussing Apple’s iWatch endeavor has given me motivation to take harder look towards generating some reasonable expectations that we formulated for the three-tiered AppleWatch lineup; We’re assuming Apple will fabricate and sell 24 million iWatches for the initial 12 month sales period, plus Apple’s disclosure of the $350 Sports Watch entry-price point.

All the statistics have been projected by us internally, with no knowledge of what Apple has actually projected. Several facts have been released to the public that we’ve used in our presentation: (1) there will be a 3-tiered iWatch model lineup, (2) the Sports Watch will retail for $350, and (3) all else is our conjecture.

Apple Watch Economic Model. The statistical-chart below displays what we believe are “realistic” sales goals, perhaps conservatively, with price-traunches for the three tiered line-up, Sports, Apple Watch, Apple Edition, metaled Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, and 18k Gold respectively.

iWatch [Gold] Edition is the top-tier version of the AppleWatch. Its been estimated that the Edition Apple Watch may retail for an estimated $4500. Sounds like a lot of money. Although Apple chose to leave the word “Gold” out of the Top Tier Title, Apple Edition, gold is in fact the watch-body metal; Note, presently Gold’s raw-material cost is hovering around $1200 per troy ounce, gold watches are “pricey” regardless of who designs and makes them, irrespective of the internal electronics package or electro-mechanical movement.

Apply is now Buying massive quantities of 24k Gold bullion, but that’s just the beginning. Roughly 14.46 Million troy ounces of 24k Gold bullion that are purchased by Apple per year (assuming our guesstimates are close) must be Certified by Apple Metallurgists when delivered, for elemental AU Purity and Weight. These two steps are very complex and require significant Oversight by agents of the bullion-supplier and Apple. Dealing with the payments and receipts of $18 Billion as Apple pays for the gold bullion is quite complex.

Post Certification of Millions of Pounds of Gold Bullion, it passes to the secure Fabrication Plant, carefully measured batches of the Bullion are heated to 2,000ºF in special Gold Furnaces, then Apple Metallurgists mix the molten gold with other specially purified metal ingredients resulting in several unique specialty 18k Gold formulations, then poured into Apple Watch cast-forms, cooled, then the iWatch Gold-Blanks are removed from the forms and inspected, those that pass through quality control are machined and polished, for further assembly. The gold-blanks that are rejected, and foundry castings are not 100%, go back to the Furnaces to be repoured.

This scenario is highly simplified, but gives you a notion of the complexity of the process. As about $18 Billion of gold bullion is involved, significant added costs are incurred for Plant Security, armed security guards, “security watching the valuables and each other, throughout all these processes.

Apple is processing this gold presently in effort for their April 2015 release to their retail stores for sale. Apple is also presently installing into the Common Carriers, Apple Distribution Centers, and Apple Retail Stores, specially designed VAULTS and ALARM Systems to protect the Apple Watch Boxed Inventory.

Apple Watch Edition, Lets take the iWatch apart piece-by-piece, financially speaking. Let’s assume that the Edition Watch may contain 37.5gm of 24k Gold and the Apple Watch electronics module is the same module used universally with all three of the AppleWatch tiers.

Apple Watch Financial Array. The bullet-points below display the cost analysis for the Apple Watch [gold] Edition, all Edition iWatches are gold cased watches.

Current Spot-Gold price. Assuming the iWatch pure-gold content is 37.5gm of gold watch-case (our guesstimate) when formulated to 18k gold metal-alloy. If Apple’s Gold Alloy procedure starts with 37.5gm of 24k Gold, as 24k gold metal is fabricated into 18k Gold by adding presumably precise amounts of Silver, Copper and Zinc, therefore watch-case (without internals) would then weigh 50gm, due to the additional 12.5gm of Apple’s unique mix of metals, blended in its Alloy-Furnaces. FYI, currently (as of 2/27/2015) spot-gold is hovering between $1204 to $1219 per troy ounce. Recall the under-side of the iWatch is stainless-steel which seals the watch-cased Computer module, Lithium Polymer battery, and houses 4 biometric sensor components.

Apple with its team of the best Metallurgists on the planet, have developed several unique 18k Gold formulations that delivers 18k Gold Alloys with custom Colors offering greater Gold hardness and durability unique to Apple. Typically 18k Gold is “softer” making it more prone to scratching and scuffing, showing greater signs of wear, than with traditional 14k Gold alloy formulations.

The Most Common 18k Gold Colors and Formulations are Displayed in this article with graphics and charts showing. The common alloys of elemental Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc in various levels of concentrations. Notice in the 12 Gold Colors Chart, Yellow Gold contains Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc with Gold representing 75% of the Alloy. To produce Rose colored Gold, the formulation contains only three elements: Gold, Silver, and Copper, removing Zinc. It will be very interesting to know the precise Formulation of Elements Apple’s team of metallurgists have chosen to create its unique Colors and Hardness, never seen before in the Gold Industry.

Apple is Reinventing the Watch. One should not be surprised that when Apple committed to a Watch-Wearable product, again Apple is REINVENTING the business of Gold Wearable Watches. From the images that Apple has displayed, and as presented in this article, Apple has created several striking 18k Gold Colors never seen in the industry. My bet is the brilliance of the gold colors is not simply a photoshop magic act, their unique Gold colors will be even more striking up close and personal, when the buying public visualized the Apple Watch in their Retail Stores.

As a reference, a typical ROLEX watch and bracelet uses 150gm of Gold; however, the gold is contained in the base Watch plus its hefty Bracelet. The Rolex bracelet accounts for a significant portion of the total gold metal package.

Apple Watch Computer module $200, the same module in all Apple Watches
Apple Watch Edition’s gold uses 37.5gm 24k Gold valued at $1500 for an 18k Gold formulation, presently spot-gold is $1205/gm [math: (37.5/31.1) x $1205 = $1500 the cost of the gold component]
Apple Watch Form, Jewlers add “Form” value to the price of its jewelry creations, say $2300
Apple Edition Band, say $500
Apple Watch Edition retail price = $4500 (math: $200 + $1500 + $150 + $2300 + $500)

Specifically, people in the supply-line familiar with this topic claim Apple has commenced production of about 6 million Apple Watches many weeks ago, for the iWatch’s first quarterly production-run; just over half of the production is earmarked for the Sport model, with a third of the production-run allocated for the middle-segment stainless-steel Apple Watch, with the balance is the Top-Tier Edition production, about 10% for the Apple Watch [Gold] Edition models.

Apple Watch Edition impact on Global Gold Supply. One more thing, lets have some fun in determining what Apple Watch Edition sales may have on the World’s supply for gold. Here are some givens to consider
 Apple Watch facts and conversion factors: there are 31.1gm in 1.00 Troy Ounce, there are 32,150.75 Troy ounces in one Metric Ton, Global production of Gold is 2500 Metric Tons annually, spot-gold price currently hovering around $1205 per troy ounce
 Apple is currently produce 500,000 gold Edition Apple Watch units as its initial quarterly production-run
 Apple Watch Edition ramps up production to 1 million Apple Watch units monthly [or more] as demand dictates
 Apple Watch Edition requires 37.5gm of pure 24k Gold for each iWatch, guesstimated
 Apple Watch Edition utilized 1.2058 Troy ounces of Gold per Apple Watch Edition, extrapolation of a guesstimate
 Apple Watch Edition will consume 14,469,453 troy ounces of Gold in its First fiscal Year of production, equating to 450 Metric Tons of 24k Gold/Yr, which equates to over 5x Rolex’s current Gold consumption
 Apple will Buy $18.086 Billion per Year for 24k Gold Bullion to built its Gold Edition Watches, base on current assumptions and spot-gold prices
 Apple Edition Watch Gold will place a New Demand for 20% of the total annual global Gold production
 Reference #1. Rolex sells $4.7 billion in gold watches yearly, from an estimated 600,000 Rolex watch sales. Rolex watches average 150gm or 4.82 troy ounces of Gold per watch, equating to 2.894 million troy ounces, or 90 Metric Tons Gold/annually
 Reference #2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York stores on average 7,000 metric tons of Gold Bullion in its Manhattan vault.

 By Mid-April, 2015, we are expecting over 50,000 Apple Watch Apps on the AppStore. Currently, for an average iPhone user there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We currently have 418 Apps on my iPhone 6 Plus and 300 Apps on Marilyn’s iPhone 6 Plus. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch may have 75 Apps per Apple Watch. There may likely be no single killer app for Apple Watch when the iWatch is released (other than the iWatch Configuration App) as each user will have their “own set of Killer Apps.” One way to look at this new “Wearable” is that the consumer is getting 75 different devices housed in one Apple Watch. Several Analysts are projecting that Apple may sell over 40 million Apple Watches in 1st the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.

Many of the Apple Watch details are still unconfirmed, typical for Apple product releases, most notably the three-tired segment pricing, Apple Watch may be the revenue growth driver Apple needs for this April-Quarter, typically a relatively modest earnings period.

Apple’s Sports Watch is configured with an satin Aluminum case with a variety of elastomer sports water resistant bands. The Apple Watch is housed in highly polished hardened Stainless Steel with two colors, with a number of elegant bracelets. For the fashion minded, the Apple Watch Edition is encased in a highly polished and hardened Gold case accompanied with appealing bracelets. If our guesstimates are correct, this new Wearable product-line may have significant implications for year-over-year revenue growth at the company.

If the last eight quarterly financial reports are an indication, Apple may benefit handsomely with this mid-year revenue accelerator. The first fiscal-quarter (Apple’s fourth calendar quarter) is where Apple has really outperformed, growing revenue nearly 30% year-over-year.

Led by the newest iterations of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, most notably Apple smashed all expectations and accordingly propelled the $AAPL stock to all-time highs, with no end in sight. Not to mention that many of the largest Investment Banking firms’ analysts increasing the Target Pricing to $150/share and seemingly other analysts concurring with increased share target pricing.

Apple’s mid-year quarterly performance are generally less impressive then Apple’s first quarter results. And while it is important to note that 5% to 6% year-over-year growth is still amazing for a huge company pushing nearly $200 billion in revenues, with an Apple Watch earnings injection during the seasonally slower quarters should be an additional catalyst for Apple’s stock trading prices.

As you may know, one of the Apple “low” growth quarters is the third fiscal quarter, that typically starts April 1st. With an iWatch April release date expected, the Apple Watch may be most felt during this quarter. Assuming forecasts are close to reality, Apple generally errs on the conservative side with their projections. The Apple Watch may add roughly 16.8% growth to the quarter year-over-year, considering all other product sales factors constant. However, being rather bullish on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these “slower” seasonal quarters may be “not so slow” as usually expected by the “talking heads.”

The Big Question: Which Watch is for You? With the start of the New Year the specialty Watch Makers like Montblanc, Longines, Baume & Mercier, and others announce and display their new creations to the public.

Watches – Which is Best for You Comparing a robust “mans” chronograph with a modern gold iWatch with a red-band is eye catching, the primary purpose. However, when one acquires Mechanical-Chronographs with Complications in its Face, other than the watch-band, your use and visuals are Fixed. With iWatch other than your choice of the Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum alloy case, all else may be changed including the bands.

With the iWatch, Fixed only applies to your choice of how tall the watch body is, either 38mm or 42mm, and your choice of metal, Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum… all else you may change. The Watch Face may look anyway you desire, with Complications or not, thousands of possibilities, that you may change anytime. Directly under iWatch’s highly polished scratch-proof Sapphire Crystal, is a brilliant OLEM retina touch-display.

iWatch Face may display whatever information you desire, Day, Date, Graphics, Animations, iMessages, eMail, Weather, your next Calendar event, an incoming Call or Text, the position of Planet Earth in its solar system, your Heart rate, your Friend’s Heart Rate, anything or everything you desire, including the local Time. Want the Second-Hand on an analog face, turn it on or off. Want Digital or Analog time display, Want the Day/Date, turn these on or off, as you desire. Bands and Materials may be easily changed, choose from Leather bands, Stainless, Links, Sports elastomer Bands, however your use and venue dictates. Have a sports band for daily use, and have a elegant band for evening wear. You may easily change the iWatch Band, with no tools whatsoever.

iWatch Graphics. These two graphics shows the 42mm and 38mm iWatch faces and an overlay. The 38mm iWatch face graphic has an Overlay (the blue left and bottom edges) highlighting the 42mm iWatch face to show the size comparisons.

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. After completing the iPhone 6 announcement, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook mentioned just “One more thing…” a famous Steve Jobs saying, and went on to Announce the Apple Watch. This Video Link takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announces the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces a new innovative reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple Watch certainly is not intended for everyone, neither is the Montblanc, a more limited audience for sure. Lets face it, “old fashioned electro-mechanical” wrist watches have an appeal to more mature affluent audiences, while possess “retro attraction” to the yuppie millennials. However, these classic mechanicals may be 42mm in diameter by 12mm, fragile, relatively expensive, and many amazingly keep terrible time. The iWatch has a 42mm face that rests 12mm on your wrist, and a second iWatch model of 38mm.

Apple Watch embodies many interesting aspects, as under its highly polished Sapphire Crystal is a brilliant OLED very high resolution “retina” touch-screen, that may Display hundreds of possible iWatch Faces. I’m imagining that the iWatch face is a rounded-rectangular shape so that the four-corners may house miniature Informative-Icons, or other Graphic Signals, or not.

Apple Watch’s Display is Strategic, meaning that with careful software graphics capabilities, one may design a “Perpetual Calendar Chronograph” digital iWatch face with unlimited complications, being mindful not to make it too confusing. On the other hand, one may choose an uncluttered iWatch face, or something in between, all user selectable.

🍎⌚️ Apple Engineers Completing iWatch Software. Apple has ceded the 4th beta of its iOS8.2 software today, largely dealing with the iWatch interface and its connectivity with iPhones. Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s complex iOS operating system software.

🍎⌚️ Sources familiar with iWatch development say the Apple Watch is currently ahead of schedule and on track to ship in the United States in March according to 9to5MAC, who has a very good track record and sources, in predicting product releases. Apple previously stated that the wearable product will ship in “early 2015” certainly not a very precise phrase.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch engineers have been “polishing up” the iWatch iOS operating system and putting the device’s Battery through very extensive testing. Apple engineers have also been “working overtime to improve the inductive charging system necessary for “contact-less” charging-up the device’s internal Lithium Polymer, LiON battery each night.” Tim Cook stated during an October 2014 press event that: “We think you’re going to end up charging the Apple Watch daily. Overnight, that’s what we think.”

iWatch Show-Floor DemoThis link shows an on-floor Apple-Show 5 minute raw employee-demo of the use and settings of the iWatch: http://youtu.be/rwv-3wZocK4.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey. Notice the Graph above drawn from the statistics from a recent extensive survey (conducted by finance company Credit Suisse) of current iPhone owners approximately
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Buy iWatch
⌚️ 10% of iPhone Owners will Probably Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will May Buy iWatch
⌚️ 27% of iPhone Owners will Probably Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners will Definitely Not Buy iWatch
⌚️ 100% of iPhone Owners that are Considering the Purchase of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation Assumptions . Lets extrapolate these statistics further. For the 10% of those stating they will Probably Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy, lets estimate that if 1000 people in the Apple Store stated they Probably will buy, lets say 500 of the 1000, about 1/2 of this group, will actually buy the iWatch; Similarly, For the 27% of those stating they will May Buy, what portion of this group will actually buy; lets estimate that if 2700 people in the Apple Store stated they are Maybe Buyers, lets say 700 of the 2700, about 1/4th of this group will actually buy the iWatch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch Survey Extrapolation. Using the logic and assumptions above, lets restate three of the above groups of Likely Buyers, Probable Buyers, and Maybe Buyers, into a Single grouping of what we’ll call “Very Likely” Buyers
⌚️ 18% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Definitely Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 5% of iPhone Owners that stated they’d Probably Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 7% of iPhone Owners that stated they May Buy, will actually Buy iWatch
⌚️ 30% of iPhone Owners therefore are “Very Likely” Buyers of the iWatch

🍎⌚️ Your Wait for Apple Watch may be over… sooner than you may have thought. According to news reports, Apple Watch iOS version software has been finalized. Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Apple Watch wearable device is on track for a March 2015 release timeframe, although no specific date is available. These news reports trim the previous timeline quite a bit. Fairly soon you may see long lines forming outside at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. I witnessed the unruly lines at 2am outside Apple’s Boca Raton store for the iPhone 6 Friday morning release, September 19, 2014.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch wearable device is on track for March, 2015 release, although no more detail on a specific release date is currently known. These news reports trim the timeline, and provide more precision on the iWatch release, then you’ll see the long lines forming at an Apple Store in your neighborhood. Prior to this News, Apple stated an imprecise phrase “Early 2015” as the iWatch release schedule. Another Senior Corporate spokesperson was even more vague stating a “Spring 2015” iWatch release schedule. Take a moment to view these beautifully produced Apple Watch videos.

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/

▶️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production will begin this month, January, 2015, whereas the iWatch was once scheduled to be rolling off Apple contracted lines in February.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Production Orders. Apple has reportedly ordered 24 million iWatches from their contracted supplier, Quanta. In response to this relatively strong initial production order, Quanta has increased its workforce five-fold, increasing it from 2,000 workers to 10,000 workers. It’s expected that Quanta will then double again its workforce to 20,000 as the Apple Watch develops its sales momentum as 2015 progresses.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million unit Initial Production Order. One may consider a 24 million initial order seemingly aggressive; However, if recent polling is correct, 24 million iWatches may be on the mark or somewhat conservative. Current polling indicates that about 10% of iPhone users are actually “Very Likely” to buy the Apple Watch; Combine this 10% in the “Very Likely” Group, with an even larger group of iWatch iFolks, that say they are “Somewhat Likely” may increase the total “Likely Buyers Group” by another 5%. If predictive of actual demand, this trend will stress the supply-line for the 24 million iWatch initial production order.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Time will Tell, this high level of predictive demand may give the impression of production constraints, although, having the effect of keeping iWatch stocks flowing out of Apple retail stores, as fast as inventory arrives. Our guess, for the initial 12 months that iWatch is available, there may be some 30 million to 38 million iWatches sold.

🍎⌚️ Think about it. IMHO, Apple “pre Announced” the Apple Watch in September last year for multiple purposes
(🍎) Apple Defines this new product’s concepts early, rather than the rumor-mills and leaks
(🍎🍎) Provides sufficient time for the market-place, the iPhone folks to digest this entirely new product concepts
(🍎🍎🍎) Six months of assimilation, the iWatch pre-announcement to its formal release, gives everyone time to imagine having this unique Wearable, a marketing marvel by Apple.

🍎⌚️ History of 2007 iPhone. Recall Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs on stage during Apple’s annual Macworld conference, announced Apple’s very first iPhone. Starting off with the words “We’re gonna make some history today” Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs tricked the audience by claiming he was going to introduce three new products: an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone and an Internet communications device, knowing that all three components were built into Apple’s newly Announced iPhone.

🍎⌚️ First iPhone Announcement. Similarly, when the Original iPhone was Announced January 9, 2007, 6 months later its was Release on June 29, 2007. This 6 months duration gave the World, the Market, the Apple Analysts, and Clients an “assimilation” period to digest The New iPhone Concept.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/qe68rx The iWatch presentation given September, 2014 is presently being “assimilated” just as the iPhone was exactly 8 years Ago, January 9, 2007 at its announcement. Presently, Apple has sold more than 530,000,000 iPhones, and is expected to sell some 220,000,000 iPhones this year.

🎬 http://tiny.cc/cd48rx The First iPhone, 8 years ago (21m:15s into the Macworld Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs the iPhone is Reinvented).

🎬 http://tiny.cc/zx48rx. The First iPad was Reinvented on April 3, 2010. In sum there are over 750,000,000 iPhones and iPads in circulation, by year-end 1,000,000,000 iDevices enhancing peoples lives.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch 24 million Production Schedule. The News Reports do not specifically outline the reasons for Apple moving iWatch production up; However, there were vague references that “production yield issues” have been resolved. This could be referring to either the LiON Battery, Sapphire Crystal, the Touch Display, or a mix of the three. If the iWatch is as popular as we think it will be, Apple will need as much of a production head-start as they can.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Display. The centerpiece of the Apple Watch is an bright AMOLED display (newly designed for Apple) that is estimated to be more costly than traditional LCD screens Apple uses in its iPhones and iPads, which are not AMOLED displays. According to Taiwan’s Apple Daily, the alleged terms of the Quanta deal limit Quanta from partnering with any competing device makers building wearable electronics. This News Report aligns with earlier rumors suggesting that Quanta had secured “exclusive manufacturing rights” for the Apple Watch, although some reporters are suggesting that Foxconn and Inventec may “muscle their way” into the iWatches’ supply chain.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Associate Training. iWatch training courses will commence February 9th through February 16th. The core training will take place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and a satellite office in Austin, Texas. Direct training will be given to one or two representatives from each of the 263 USA Apple Stores. At the completion of the iWatch Training, the Store Associates are then tasked to return to their Apple store, to train the Store sales staff. Apple has currently 444 retail stores operating in 16 countries, including 263 in the USA, plus an online store available in 39 countries.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Training is said to commence in early February; however, the Apple Watch release date is set for March. According to news reports, those who completed Direct Corporate Headquarters training will thereafter be training their Home-Based Apple store staff. This follow-up training will occur in the days just before the Apple Watch release Event. Apparently since Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told the pre-release iWatch story at the announcement of the iPhone 6 in September, 2014, Apple is not concerned with pre-release leaks from its 30,000 retail store associates.

🍎⌚️ iWatch, Apple Watch is the most personal iDevice ever. Apple’s goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible, more relevant and ultimately more personal.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first Apple product to be worn.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple took a very unusual step in pre-announcing an entirely new Product Category BEFORE it was ready for release. Granted, Apple announces its iPhones, iPads, MacBooks before actual product release; however, for these MAC and iDevices, there was a 7 to 11 day period one waited for delivery of the New product released. In contrast Apple “Announced” the AppleWatch in late September, 2014 concurrently with its iPhone 6 announcement; however, Apple indicated then, that the iWatch would be Available in “early 2015.”

🍎⌚️ Apple will release iWatch in Early 2015. I can imagine Five vocabulary words for defining “when” in 2015 other than mentioning a chosen Calendar Quarter or a particular Month. Apple could have used these Four phrases: Beginning, Early, Middle, Late 2015. Late 2015 could mean November-December 2015, Middle could indicate May-June-July 2015.

🍎⌚️ What does “Early 2015″ tell us? Since Apple chose not to use a particular Month like January 2015, January likely not what Apple had in mind. However, “Early, 2015″ could mean either February, March, or April. Lets Add one more factor. Apple’s reports its financial results on a fiscal basis, where its 1st fiscal Quarter is defined as December 1st through February 28. Since the iPhone 6 is selling strongly, perhaps Apple desires the AppleWatch to make its Sales-Splash beginning in March of 2015 the start of Apple’s 2nd fiscal quarter.

🍎⌚️ Apple – One thing I have learned about Apple… “Apple does everything on purpose, with all aspects thoroughly thought out.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Driven culturally to deliver. Apple is proud and patient with all product releases by “getting it right” technology-wise, market-wise, and timing-wise, getting most of the bugs out before the public see it, and before its critics see it. Apple may also desire to give its stable of independent developers, some time for iWatch Application (App) Development. Apple may desire the “kick off” the iWatch in its 2nd fiscal quarter of 2015.

🍎⌚️ Apple prefers to release new products on Friday for a Three-Day, Friday-Saturday-Sunday “weekend” sales splash. Looking at our Calendar, February 27, 28, March 1st, is the first weekend containing a March date; however, March 6, 7 and 8 is the first all March Weekend.

🍎⌚️ Apple Factoid to Consider. Apple is somewhat constrained in the fabrication of the Sapphire Crystals used on the WATCH and its WATCH EDITION product lines (the Sports models have hardened glass crystals not sapphire), Apple may be scheduling the Apple Watch in March giving sufficient time to build up a reasonable inventory of all the iWatch models. Its illogical for Apple to create huge anticipation, and not have a reasonable inventory of iWatch models to satisfy its Loyal Following.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch Release Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015, total conjecture though, as we have NO internal sources whatsoever.

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. The iPhone is mentioned in this article, as the adoption of the iWatch may follow the adoption-history of the iPhone. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, 30 years after Motorola literally “invented” their very popular, however, expensive Star•TAC 8500XL. I bought this Motorola “Brick” 30 years ago for $4200 in 1985, weighing in at 28oz. I retained it as a souvenir of the times, then the most portable cellular phone.

🍎⌚️ 30 Million to 38 Million iWatch customers may be “voting” with their Wallets in its first 12 months of availability. Lets see how we get to these numbers. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, it showed an adoption rate of 11 million iPhones in its 1st fiscal year (21 million in the 2nd fiscal year, 39 million in year 3, 72 million in year 4, 125 million units sold in the 5th year of the iPhone). Our guess is the adoption rate of the AppleWatch may follow the growth rate history of the iPhone, as both devices (iPhone and iWatch) were totally new Apple products.

🍎⌚️ iPhones are currently selling at 72 million units per quarter, capturing 51.3% of all global smartphone activations, 3 Times that of Samsung’s. With about 469 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then say 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales… this are our guesstimates.

🍎⌚️ AppleWatch Likely Buyers. A recent survey by Quartz (QZ.com) shows that about 14% of iPhone Owners who indicated that they are either Very Likely, Likely and Somewhat Likely to buy the new iWatch this year; however, some 86% are not interested in adopting for the iWatch in 2015. The Quartz Survey chart is displayed for your review. Lets use this 14% extrapolation.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s recent Annual Report, iPhone Sales represents about $101.9 Billion in iPhone Sales, for 169.2 Million iPhone unit sales, amounts to an average iPhone sales price of $602.72/unit. If in fact for the first 12 months of iWatch sales, 14% of iPhone owners buy the AppleWatch, then about 23 million iWatches may be purchased.

🍎⌚️ 469,000 iPhones reportedly are in Circulation, remove the 169 million iPhones sold last year, lets consider the remaining 300 million iPhone owners that purchased iPhones in years before 2014. Lets assume just 5% of those remaining iPhone owners buy the iWatch, this would add 15 million of possible iWatch buyers. Combine these two assumptions 23 million + 15 million = 38 million iWatch sales may occur in the first 12 months of AppleWatch sales.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s creation of the iPhone seven years ago, Apple literally reinvented the mobile cellular phone, into a very crowded market; However Apple literally changed the Mobile Phone into a “SmartPhone” weighing in at 6oz and sized at 0.46″x2.4″x4.5″ that continues to be improved and enhanced, today with their iPhone 6 sized at 0.27″x2.6″x5.4″ and 6 Plus sized at 0.28″x3.1″x6.2″.

🍎 Today, January 9th is the 8th Anniversary for the First iPhone. This was a great Day for Apple and an incredible Proud Day for Steve Jobs!

🍎 See the First Look at the iPhone, 8 years ago: <u http://tiny.cc/jsl7rx (21m:50s into the Keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs as the very First iPhone is Announced).

🍎 iWatch 🍎 Apple Watch – Apple’s Entry into Electronic Wearables

🍎⌚️ Mobile Phones. 22 years after the Motorola 8500XL known as “the Brick”, Apple reinvented the mobile phone with their first iPhone in 2007, which was so much more than a mobile phone, literally a “smartphone” weighing in at 6oz and about 1/4″ thin, 2.5″x0.26″x4.0″ that Apple continues to enhanced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

🍎⌚️ Apple’s critics reported that Apple has no business getting into the mature field of experienced mobile phone makers.

🍎⌚️ In 7 years Apple has delivered 500,000,000 premium priced iPhones, and are now selling iPhone 6 and 6+ at a pace well over 200,000,000 yearly. Not a typo, Apple is currently selling premium iPhones at a pace of 72 million units reportedly per calendar quarter with a profit margin over 30%. Its been also been reported that, based on actual cellular activations, iPhone 6 models were 51.3% of all global smartphone sales in December, 2014, outselling Samsung 3-to-1. Marilyn and I each own the iPhone 6 Plus and love them.

🍎⌚️ Tablets. Similarly, tablets were available several years before Apple reinvented it with the iPad in 2010. Apple carefully examined how Apple could develop such a device that folks would really want and use. Apple’s critics again reported that Apple was waisting their energies on tablets into such a mature tablet-marketplace, where Apple would be lucky of it could sell 5 million units in a good year.

🍎⌚️ The market place “voted” with their Wallets as iPads are selling at a clip 60 million units yearly with over 250 million in use today. Marilyn has the iPad mini, fits perfectly in here handbag, and I have the iPad Air 2, fits perfectly into my nifty DECODED black leather case.

🍎⌚️ 30,000,000 iWatch sales may “vote” their Wallets in 2015. Looking at Apple’s iPhone sales history, they show an adoption rate of 11 million units in its 1st fiscal year (21 million 2nd fiscal year, 39 million 3rd year, 72 million 4th year, 125 million 5th year) compared to current iPhone sales of 72 million units per quarter. With about 450 million iPhones currently in circulation, if 6.5% iPhone users adopt the iWatch, this may yield about 30 million iWatch 1st year sales, then 60 million 2nd year sales, 120 million 3rd year sales, your guess thereafter…

🍎⌚️ Watch. Some Watch history. The watch which was developed in the 16th century (circa 1530) was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears which moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel. Most of the subsequent 500 year history of watches was devoted to refining the mechanical watch.

🍎⌚️ The Quartz Watch in the 1960s, which ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal, proved a radical departure for the industry. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches, an event referred to as the “quartz crisis”. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.

🍎⌚️ The origin of the word “Watch” is that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).

🍎⌚️ First watches were strictly mechanical, driven by spring-powered clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals, producing accurately timed electronic pulses. Some watches use radio-clock-technology to regularly correct the time. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970, the Pulsar LED.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple again, is reinventing the Watch, certainly entering a very mature field, dating back to the 16th century, 500 years ago and the “electronic” watch of 1970’s, some 50 years in the making. Apple’s entry into the “Watch” arena may be similar to its entry into Mobile Phones, when it made cell phones literally “Smart.” With the iWatch, Apple will be making the timekeeping wearable very “Smart” too.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. Apple has created three venues for their Wearable: Apple Watch, Sports, and the Edition, each containing many designs, metals, and bands, generating thousands of possibilities to reach a huge audience, with no compromise with its core capability. Presently I am wearing a RADO for the past 10 years, loving it. However, with the release of the Apple Watch, I’m highly motivated towards the Apple Watch.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone Connection. A significant capability of the iWatch is its connectivity with the iPhone. Think about it, all of the iPhone’s: rote Computing power, SIRI, sensors, GPS, Internet, WiFi, 3G, 4G, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, its Processor, Memory, its Apps are available to and from the iWatch. Literally thousands of developers are having a “field-day” imagining all the capability and connectivity between your iPhone, your iWatch, and everyone else’s iWatch and iPhone.

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A simple example. Imaging the ladies that have an iPhone in their purse, or the guy with his iPhone in a briefcase, its ringer is off, to not disturb their surroundings. The iPhone receives an important telephone call. With the iPhone’s connectivity to the iWatch, the iWatch’s underside, sends a tympanic (“tap” or two) onto your wrist, notifying you of an incoming voice call, text, or upcoming calendar event…

🍎⌚️ Rotate your wrist a bit to glance at who’s calling you… To ignore the Call or Text, (lets say you are sitting at a conference table taking notes and participating with 12 others), simply cover your wrist with your other hand, which signals iWatch to ignore the Connection… or, answer the Call on the iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch you may answer the telephone call speak and listen through the iWatch’s internal miniature speaker and microphone… you may then transfer the call to your iPhone, as the call may be lengthly, knowing its worth the effort to retrieve the iPhone from your purse or briefcase. Alternatively, if you didn’t want to receive this call, you could send a text message to that caller from your AppleWatch, texting that: “I will return the call once you’re out of the meeting, I’m on my Way, I’ll call you in and hour….”

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone An ApplePay example. You are at Walgreens and want to pay for your personal supplies and Meds, instead of finding your Wallet and extracting a traditional Plastic Credit Card, or instead of finding your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, with its new ApplePay capability… just reach-out to position your iWatch close to the Walgreens cash-register’s NCF transceiver terminal, and your iWatch will communicate with your iPhone, and Walgreens Store… you can select the CC you desire and authorize payment, using the touch-display of your iWatch…

🍎⌚️ iWatch || iPhone A Camera example. You have a terrific group shot to capture with your iPhone, you prop up the iPhone on the dining room table… to get in the shot you could let a stranger snap the shot for you, or you could, leave the iPhone on the dining room table, while you position yourself in the Shot, then LOOK at your APPLE WATCH, where you can actually see the image like looking into a “viewfinder” and then snap the shot or two, once everyone settles into a good pose. Once the image is captured you can see the result on the display of your AppleWatch. These examples do not even mention all the HEALTH capabilities.

🍎⌚️ Apple Watch. AppleWatch wearable is a Technology Marvel, making it possible to package microchips, sensors, graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, Firmware, Software, Apps… into one highly styled shock and water resistant wearable, that will “Tell a lot more than Time.”

🍎⌚️ Apple is Heavily Invested with reInventing the Watch, which electronic watch industry has been tinkering with since the 1970’s.

🍎⌚️ Viewing Apple’s web-pages devoted to introducing the 2015 AppleWatch, you’ll get the message that Apple is deeply committed to having the masses add to their existing wearables, and encouraging others that don’t don wearables, may now do so.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

First Portion of this Article briefly highlights traditional high-value electro-mechanical time pieces, priced from $3,500 to over $50,000 followed by reporting on Apple’s unique contribution to the Watch arena, priced from $350 to several $Thousand. [Apple has not published their pricing as of this writing.]

Montblanc is now one of the most exciting brands under Richemont’s wide umbrella, thanks in no small part to Jerome Lambert’s leadership, the man who played a key role in making Jaeger-LeCoultre the powerhouse that it is today.

With SIHH 2015 Conference on January 19th, http://tiny.cc/r8wdsx, The SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE, where watch makers released details of there latest watch offerings, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, among others.

Montblanc’s Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes with a 41mm diameter case, available in 18k red gold (priced at $17,000) and stainless steel for the “wealthy wannabes” including polished bezel, with a horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The band-lug, which curve quite steeply, have the same satin treatment.

Montblanc’s Heritage Case thickness is 12mm, which is not thin, but entirely acceptable, as the mechanical movement was not developed from scratch, apparently the “movement” was purchased from a true watch maker’s previous invention. [Editorial remark: one would think for a $17k end product, Montblanc would design a unique watch movement for this release.]

Montblanc’s joining this first-rate array of watches for 2015 is the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarrum, featuring an in-house developed worldtime complication (more on this later). Worldtimers are not all that uncommon, but are notoriously tricky to get right. There is a lot of information to display, and if the designers and engineers are not careful, the dial can easily become way too busy, to be easily legible.

Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time, has done it right with one of the best examples of a well-designed worldtimer.

Watches worthy of mention are Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Worldtimer, Girard-Perregaux’s Traveller WW.TC And Moon Phase, which has chronograph functions to boot, (priced at $52,000) or (€44,000). [now that’s a bargain.] Like the Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar before it, this new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is also “very attractively priced” [not my words], in red gold, this watch will retail for $17,000 or (€14,400); and in stainless steel, the price is a very tempting $6,100 or (€5,175), [not really?]

☎️📞📡🍎 Marilyn and I will likely select iWatch styles, and take advantage of what seems to be an amazing step forward in personal wearable devices.

☎️📞📡🍎 Take a moment and watch several of Apple’s excellently produced videos at these locations.

🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/films/
🍎⌚️ http://www.apple.com/watch/apple-watch-edition/

☎️📞📡🍎 Many Reasons for regular folks to take a hard look at the Apple Watch priced from $400 to thousands, depending on metal.

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes in a 41mm case – available in 18k red gold and stainless steel – with polished bezel and horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The lugs, which curve quite steeply, have the same treatment. Case thickness is around 12mm, which is a little on the thick side, but entirely acceptable, since the movement was not developed from scratch. At $17,000 what a bargain. NOT.

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NEWS BULLETIN – Apple hosting Important Media Event March 9th, 2015 at 1pm Eastern, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, a venue often used to display new products. Reported Pricing for the three-tier line-up included below.

Apple’s Spring Forward media event will highlight Apple Watch, delivering its Formal Presentation of the features, pricing, and other interesting details for its New Apple Watch, Launching April, 2015.

Recall, we reported months ago, Apple Watch appeared to be “a full month ahead with its production schedule.” Accordingly, Apple may be planning on releasing the Apple Watch a bit sooner than everyone is anticipating.

Another Panel of Guesses later in this Article

Apple Orchestrates its worldwide Magazine Publicity debut of the Apple Watch. These efforts continue this week on the Cover of STYLE, a fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. The cover image of Style’s Big Spring Issue for March, 2015 features model Guinevere Van Seenus wearing an Apple Watch and is accompanied by an additional two full-page spread inside the magazine that provides further details about the wrist-worn Apple Watch, including interesting hints about the pricing of the space gray models. Notice our list below of extensive guesstimates for all three tiers of the Apple Watch.

This is Apple Link for Live Streaming Event 1pm EDT, Monday, March 9, 2015

http://Apple.com/live

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may signal that the Apple Watch may be released sooner than later, perhaps earlier in April, say April 3rd, April’s first FRIDAY, perhaps the last portion of Match. You may recall we reported last year that Apple was “a month ahead of schedule in the Apple Watch development timeline“. Apple’s Spring Forward media event may signal that the Apple Watch may be available for on-line purchase, perhaps as early as mid-Match.

iF Announced at its International Forum Awards Gala in Munich, Apple Watch wins the coveted IF Gold Award for 2015. Overall, 1,124 products were granted an iF entry Label, only a few win the gold award for excellence in several categories.

 The Apple Watch competed with over 3,200 other designs in the Product discipline, the largest iF award segment that covers a number of commercial industries, including vehicles, medical devices, smartphones, computers, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture, bathroom products.

 The IF Award Jury noted: “The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

 While Apple has discussed Apple Watch design and keystone features at length, the company has not yet presented the full hardware specifications and pricing details, likely to be heard at Apple’s March 9 Media Event. In a recent report, analyst Gene Munster estimated mid-tier Apple Watch models will retail for $499 to $599, depending on customization options, while the high-end Apple Watch Edition could sell for $4,999.

Apple Watch Tier Graphic. Notice the graphic below where we have estimated the average spelling prices, APS, for the Apple Watch. Most of those reporting on this topic are in general agreement on the ASP price range for the Sports Watch ($350 to $400) and the Apple Watch, the middle tier’s ASP ($500 to $900) depending on the band.

Among Reporters, there is little consensus for the pricing on the Apple Watch Edition, the 18k Gold Apple Watch. The ASP estimates range from $2500 to $10,000. Of course these figures vary largely based on the assumed amount of Gold that is incorporated in the Apple Watch gold case. Our estimate is, there may be 37.5gm of 24k Gold, then combined with 12.5gm of other elements to formulate 50gm of 18k Yellow or Rose colored Gold.

24k Gold Bars trading today at $1200 per troy ounce, lets compute the ASP, average selling price, of the Apple Watch Edition
⌚️ GOLD $1450 of gold metal in the watch case; add to this
⌚️ S1 Watch Chip $200 Apple’s S1 electronics-watch-chip and battery
⌚️ Watch Bands $550 for watch bands and bracelets,
⌚️ $2,200 Total Cost direct costs for the Edition Watch
⌚️ $1,800 Operating expense Corporate expense allocation per unit
⌚️ $3,000 Profit component per unit assume reasonable margin
⌚️ $7,000 Average Selling Price yielding about a 43% profit margin, relatively Low-Level Margin for a premium Jewelry product.
⌚️ $6,500 Average Selling Price Note, if there is only One Troy ounce of Gold, rather than the 37.5gm of Gold, then the Edition Watch Gold may sell for $6,500.

Apple Watch S1 Computer Module. Apple’s ability to surround their (New) products, like the Apple Watch, with connectivity and its ecosystem, this Article provides some insight on the S1’s operation, plus several X-Ray views of the “Heart” of the iWatch.

Apple Watch’s brains and heart is located in its S1 Module, a “Computer Package” housed within a unique sealed Module. The S1 represents a new level of micro-miniaturization, packaging literally Billions of electronic components and sensors into a single semiconductor module, hermitically sealed in resin.

Apple S1 System in Package, SiP, processor, memory, wireless connectivity transceivers, sensors packaged into a single, resin-sealed package. The S1 package contains an Apple customized application processor that together with memory, storage and support processors for wireless connectivity, sensors and I/O comprise a complete computer in a single package.

Apple Watch S1 Package is filled and sealed with resin to prevent any moisture intrusion and for structural durability. Very little is known about the S1, however, Chipworks (an enterprise specializing in patent and technology reverse engineering and support) believes that it has identified the Processors, the WiFi, and Bluetooth transmitters-receivers, the medium sized processor in the center at the top of the images.

 Since wristwatches were invented in the 19th century, people have been glancing at them to check the time. With Apple Watch, this simple, reflexive act allows you to learn so much more. We optimized your favorite apps for the wrist by developing Glances — scannable summaries of the information you seek out most frequently. To see them, you simply swipe up from your watch face. In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You can quickly swipe through different Glances, or tap on one to go directly to its corresponding app for more details.

 S1 Chip. Massive constraints have a way of inspiring interesting, creative solutions. A prime example is the custom-designed chip at the heart of Apple Watch. No traditional computer architecture could fit within such a confined space. So we found a way to integrate many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, which is then completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics from the elements, impact, and wear. Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturization

 Because it’s connected to your iPhone, Apple Watch can present time in a more personal way. One that’s based around your life and schedule. You’ll receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. So you can answer or dismiss them instantly. And since Apple Watch sits on your wrist, your alerts aren’t just immediate. They’re intimate. With a gentle tap, notifications subtly let you know when and where your next meeting starts, what current traffic conditions are like, even when to leave so you’ll arrive on time. At any point, you can simply swipe down to Notification Center to view what you may have missed.

 Apple Watch Notifications. It’s called the Taptic Engine, a linear actuator inside Apple Watch that produces haptic feedback. In less technical terms, it taps you on the wrist. Whenever you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction. Combined with subtle audio cues from the specially engineered speaker driver, the Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat.

 The wrist is a convenient area for collecting data about your physical activity, a task Apple Watch is designed to perform throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses1 protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone, to measure all kinds of physical movement, from simply standing up to actively working out. This allows Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, suggest customized goals, and reward you for reaching personal fitness milestones.

 As familiar as wearing a watch is, charging one is something new. So we decided to make it utterly effortless. In fact, our goal was to make Apple Watch easy to charge in the dark. Without looking. While being only partially awake. We arrived at a solution that combines our MagSafe technology with inductive charging. It’s a completely sealed system free of exposed contacts. And it’s very forgiving, requiring no precise alignment. You simply hold the connector near the back of the watch, where magnets cause it to snap into place automatically.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will describe how to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Apple’s team will describe the iWatch Configuration App, housed in your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3. The App delivers a unique Pathway App, to transfer your iWatch configuration seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apple is the Master of Marketing, the Company has proven this repeatedly dating back to January, 2007 with its introduction of the original iPhone. Besides, the event being named “Spring Forward” the event is the very next day when we all advanced our “Watches one hour Forward” for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in North America.

Apple’s Spring Forward theme was recited in Apple’s formal invitation was sent Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 to the global Media community. Apple will present many details about how the iWatch will benefit its users. The presentation will likely show Apple’s new Companion Apple Configuration App, that makes it super-simple to set up the your Apple Watch, directly from your iPhone, plus topics were not fully covered at its initial announcement 5 months ago, following its mid-September Announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s Spring Forward Preparation. If you’d like a “warm up exercise” in preparation of the Apple Watch media event, the link directly below this graphic, is a Video Clip of the Apple Announcement of the iWatch last September.

Apple first introduced the Apple Watch September, 2014, Apple delivered to us a “high-level” comprehensive overview at what the product will be able to do to improve our lives. We remain uninformed about many other specifics like battery life, pricing for the high-end and the other two-tiers of models.

 This link will take you directly to Apple’s iWatch presentation that was delivered around the world September, 2014… it is definitely worth it to take a look:

⌚️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU

http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/smartphone-os-market-share/

Apple’s March 9th Media Event may also Announce other New Products, for example the iPad Pro, a large display 12.9″ iPad with enhanced specifications, Speed, RAM, etc., that has been rumored for several years. Perhaps Apple may announce a new version of its Apple TV, which is years overdue for revision. My understanding, there are over 20 million Apple TV boxes in circulation.

Apple’s March 9th Media Event will undoubtedly describe how we will be able to use this new Wearable Companion product, the iWatch. Plus Apple will describe the iWatch Configuration App, loaded into your iPhone via the release of iOS 8.3, that delivers a unique Pathway App {transferring information and configurations from your iPhone directly to your iWatch} utilizing a menu-driven system to Transfer all your Watch Settings and Notifications seamlessly into your iWatch.

Apples March 9th Media Event will provide Live-Streaming Video Broadcast World Wide to all Apple folks or anyone that has a Safari browser on their PC computer systems, plus all iPhones and iPads, the simple hardware-software criteria that Apple has used for us to qualify for the Live-Streaming Broadcasts. Having watched a number of Apple’s Live Streamed broadcasts, they are very professionally produced and scripted. In My Humble Opinion, Apple will open its Live-Streaming Media Event to hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, MAC and PC users, many of which are iWatch interested.

Apple’s Live Streaming : Spring Forward Media Event. The Link below will be activated about 30 minutes before the Live-Streaming Presentation is broadcasted everywhere at 1:00pm Eastern, Monday March 9, 2015. Note, If you click onto the Link before March 9th, it will likely not have been activated until “Game Day.”.

http://Apple.com/live

iWatch’s Introduction and Demo. Apple announced September 9, 2014 the highly anticipated iPhone 6 at its Major press conference at the Flint Center, Cupertino, California. The Video Link below takes you directly to the iWatch segment of the Program, which announced the iWatch and gives a demonstration of its use and settings. The video is inspirational, as it shows how Apple, the Nation’s Largest Company develops and announces this new innovative and reinvention of the Watch, a device that has been with civilization since the year 1530 AD.

▶️ http://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU.

Apple weeks ago commenced production of 6 Million Apple Watch Units representing its Initial Quarterly Order.

 Apple projects internally sales of 24 million iWatches in the first fiscal-year of sales beginning April, 2015, as stated in news reports, which Apple has not confirmed. Several other analysts project 36 million Apple Watches and more, in the first fiscal-year of sales.

Apple in my opinion, is likely not in a hurry for an early April release date, as Apple surely wants to “iron out all the wrinkles” associated with a new-product release; however, maintain an “April Release” as published. Also when considering the Apple Watch release date, towards the end of April, Apple holds its Quarterly Financial report at 5pm following the 4pm public filing of Apple’s 2015 Q2.

Apple Watch is the only NEW product-release, since the unveiling of the iPad at a Press-Event held January 27, 2010 and subsequently released on April 30, 2010 with built-in Cellular+WiFi connectivity, two weeks earlier the WiFi iPad was available to the public.

CEO, Tim Cook surely desires to hold the Apple Watch high in the air, with all of the software, hardware, App, and iOS system issues rendered as glitch-free as possible. If Apple needs a week or more to polish the edges, the Apple Watch may be released to the Public towards the end of April, like on Friday 24th.

Apple Watch early adopters, the Apple Loyalists, must be Impressed with this unique Wearable iWatch, its Easy set-up, Ease of use, Battery life, Connectivity to everything iPhone/iPad. If accomplished, the major issues the media-critics have been whining about, mostly focused on its battery life, should be silenced early on.

Emergence of early issues may severely hamper accelerated adoption by the folks; Except, yours truly as I’ll be literally on line early morning, at Apple’s Retail Store at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Presently I’m focusing on the Apple Watch mid-tier model, the Dark Stainless Steel Bracelet or the Milanese Loop

Unless you’ve just returned from a extended vacation on planet SATURN, you may know the Apple Watch is coming very soon. iWatch is scheduled to be released in April, 2015. April 3rd, is the earliest Friday in April, only 36 days from today, February 26th. Many have asked us, will there be a Pre-Release Media event, (say Tuesday March 24th) 9 days before THE Release of iWatch Inventory to Apple’s retail stores? News reports have been accelerating as the release date becomes closer to realty. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomfield and other journalists, have been discussed the new Apple Watch line-up.

Uncommon with a NEW Apple product release are the hoards of media-critics, claiming the uselessness of this new product. The Apple Watch is a unique New Product, as compared to a new Iteration of an existing product, like iPhone 5 to iPhone 6.

Historically, the Original iPhone was announced at Apple’s Maxworld Expo held January 9, 2007 annual event the media soon after slammed Apple for getting into a venue (cellular phones) it knew absolutely nothing about, considering there was already a very crowded field of experienced Mobile Phones makers.

 The Same choir of critics reported that Apple’s NEW iPad was “nothing new and if Apple’s lucky, maybe 6 million units would be sold” in its first year. Since the initial iPhone in 2007 there have been over a Billion iOS devices sold and in circulation, half of which are iPhones, Apple selling into a very crowded field of smartphone makers.

Recent articles discussing Apple’s iWatch endeavor has given me motivation to take harder look towards generating some reasonable expectations that we formulated for the three-tiered AppleWatch lineup; We’re assuming Apple will fabricate and sell 24 million iWatches for the initial 12 month sales period, plus Apple’s disclosure of the $350 Sports Watch entry-price point.

All the statistics have been projected by us internally, with no knowledge of what Apple has actually projected. Several facts have been released to the public that we’ve used in our presentation: (1) there will be a 3-tiered iWatch model lineup, (2) the Sports Watch will retail for $350, and (3) all else is our conjecture.

Apple Watch Economic Model. The statistical-chart below displays what we believe are “realistic” sales goals, perhaps conservatively, with price-traunches for the three tiered line-up, Sports, Apple Watch, Apple Edition, metaled Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, and 18k Gold respectively.

iWatch [Gold] Edition is the top-tier version of the AppleWatch. Its been estimated that the Edition Apple Watch may retail for an estimated $4500. Sounds like a lot of money. Although Apple chose to leave the word “Gold” out of the Top Tier Title, Apple Edition, gold is in fact the watch-body metal; Note, presently Gold’s raw-material cost is hovering around $1200 per troy ounce, gold watches are “pricey” regardless of who designs and makes them, irrespective of the internal electronics package or electro-mechanical movement.

Apply is now Buying massive quantities of 24k Gold bullion, but that’s just the beginning. Roughly 14.46 Million troy ounces of 24k Gold bullion that are purchased by Apple per year (assuming our guesstimates are close) must be Certified by Apple Metallurgists when delivered, for elemental AU Purity and Weight. These two steps are very complex and require significant Oversight by agents of the bullion-supplier and Apple. Dealing with the payments and receipts of $18 Billion as Apple pays for the gold bullion is quite complex.

Post Certification of Millions of Pounds of Gold Bullion, it passes to the secure Fabrication Plant, carefully measured batches of the Bullion are heated to 2,000ºF in special Gold Furnaces, then Apple Metallurgists mix the molten gold with other specially purified metal ingredients resulting in several unique specialty 18k Gold formulations, then poured into Apple Watch cast-forms, cooled, then the iWatch Gold-Blanks are removed from the forms and inspected, those that pass through quality control are machined and polished, for further assembly. The gold-blanks that are rejected, and foundry castings are not 100%, go back to the Furnaces to be repoured.

This scenario is highly simplified, but gives you a notion of the complexity of the process. As about $18 Billion of gold bullion is involved, significant added costs are incurred for Plant Security, armed security guards, “security watching the valuables and each other, throughout all these processes.

Apple is processing this gold presently in effort for their April 2015 release to their retail stores for sale. Apple is also presently installing into the Common Carriers, Apple Distribution Centers, and Apple Retail Stores, specially designed VAULTS and ALARM Systems to protect the Apple Watch Boxed Inventory.

Apple Watch Edition, Lets take the iWatch apart piece-by-piece, financially speaking. Let’s assume that the Edition Watch may contain 37.5gm of 24k Gold and the Apple Watch electronics module is the same module used universally with all three of the AppleWatch tiers.

Apple Watch Financial Array. The bullet-points below display the cost analysis for the Apple Watch [gold] Edition, all Edition iWatches are gold cased watches.

Current Spot-Gold price. Assuming the iWatch pure-gold content is 37.5gm of gold watch-case (our guesstimate) when formulated to 18k gold metal-alloy. If Apple’s Gold Alloy procedure starts with 37.5gm of 24k Gold, as 24k gold metal is fabricated into 18k Gold by adding presumably precise amounts of Silver, Copper and Zinc, therefore watch-case (without internals) would then weigh 50gm, due to the additional 12.5gm of Apple’s unique mix of metals, blended in its Alloy-Furnaces. FYI, currently (as of 2/27/2015) spot-gold is hovering between $1204 to $1219 per troy ounce. Recall the under-side of the iWatch is stainless-steel which seals the watch-cased Computer module, Lithium Polymer battery, and houses 4 biometric sensor components.

Apple with its team of the best Metallurgists on the planet, have developed several unique 18k Gold formulations that delivers 18k Gold Alloys with custom Colors offering greater Gold hardness and durability unique to Apple. Typically 18k Gold is “softer” making it more prone to scratching and scuffing, showing greater signs of wear, than with traditional 14k Gold alloy formulations.

The Most Common 18k Gold Colors and Formulations are Displayed in this article with graphics and charts showing. The common alloys of elemental Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc in various levels of concentrations. Notice in the 12 Gold Colors Chart, Yellow Gold contains Gold, Silver, Copper, and Zinc with Gold representing 75% of the Alloy. To produce Rose colored Gold, the formulation contains only three elements: Gold, Silver, and Copper, removing Zinc. It will be very interesting to know the precise Formulation of Elements Apple’s team of metallurgists have chosen to create its unique Colors and Hardness, never seen before in the Gold Industry.

Apple is Reinventing the Watch. One should not be surprised that when Apple committed to a Watch-Wearable product, again Apple is REINVENTING the business of Gold Wearable Watches. From the images that Apple has displayed, and as presented in this article, Apple has created several striking 18k Gold Colors never seen in the industry. My bet is the brilliance of the gold colors is not simply a photoshop magic act, their unique Gold colors will be even more striking up close and personal, when the buying public visualized the Apple Watch in their Retail Stores.

As a reference, a typical ROLEX watch and bracelet uses 150gm of Gold; however, the gold is contained in the base Watch plus its hefty Bracelet. The Rolex bracelet accounts for a significant portion of the total gold metal package.

Apple Watch Computer module $200, the same module in all Apple Watches
Apple Watch Edition’s gold uses 37.5gm 24k Gold valued at $1500 for an 18k Gold formulation, presently spot-gold is $1205/gm [math: (37.5/31.1) x $1205 = $1500 the cost of the gold component]
Apple Watch Form, Jewlers add “Form” value to the price of its jewelry creations, say $2300
Apple Edition Band, say $500
Apple Watch Edition retail price = $4500 (math: $200 + $1500 + $150 + $2300 + $500)

Specifically, people in the supply-line familiar with this topic claim Apple has commenced production of about 6 million Apple Watches many weeks ago, for the iWatch’s first quarterly production-run; just over half of the production is earmarked for the Sport model, with a third of the production-run allocated for the middle-segment stainless-steel Apple Watch, with the balance is the Top-Tier Edition production, about 10% for the Apple Watch [Gold] Edition models.

Apple Watch Edition impact on Global Gold Supply. One more thing, lets have some fun in determining what Apple Watch Edition sales may have on the World’s supply for gold. Here are some givens to consider
 Apple Watch facts and conversion factors: there are 31.1gm in 1.00 Troy Ounce, there are 32,150.75 Troy ounces in one Metric Ton, Global production of Gold is 2500 Metric Tons annually, spot-gold price currently hovering around $1205 per troy ounce
 Apple is currently produce 500,000 gold Edition Apple Watch units as its initial quarterly production-run
 Apple Watch Edition ramps up production to 1 million Apple Watch units monthly [or more] as demand dictates
 Apple Watch Edition requires 37.5gm of pure 24k Gold for each iWatch, guesstimated
 Apple Watch Edition utilized 1.2058 Troy ounces of Gold per Apple Watch Edition, extrapolation of a guesstimate
 Apple Watch Edition will consume 14,469,453 troy ounces of Gold in its First fiscal Year of production, equating to 450 Metric Tons of 24k Gold/Yr, which equates to over 5x Rolex’s current Gold consumption
 Apple will Buy $18.086 Billion per Year for 24k Gold Bullion to built its Gold Edition Watches, base on current assumptions and spot-gold prices
 Apple Edition Watch Gold will place a New Demand for 20% of the total annual global Gold production
 Reference #1. Rolex sells $4.7 billion in gold watches yearly, from an estimated 600,000 Rolex watch sales. Rolex watches average 150gm or 4.82 troy ounces of Gold per watch, equating to 2.894 million troy ounces, or 90 Metric Tons Gold/annually
 Reference #2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York stores on average 7,000 metric tons of Gold Bullion in its Manhattan vault.

 By Mid-April, 2015, we are expecting over 50,000 Apple Watch Apps on the AppStore. Currently, for an average iPhone user there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We currently have 418 Apps on my iPhone 6 Plus and 300 Apps on Marilyn’s iPhone 6 Plus. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch may have 75 Apps per Apple Watch. There may likely be no single killer app for Apple Watch when the iWatch is released (other than the iWatch Configuration App) as each user will have their “own set of Killer Apps.” One way to look at this new “Wearable” is that the consumer is getting 75 different devices housed in one Apple Watch. Several Analysts are projecting that Apple may sell over 40 million Apple Watches in 1st the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.

Many of the Apple Watch details are still unconfirmed, typical for Apple product releases, most notably the three-tired segment pricing, Apple Watch may be the revenue growth driver Apple needs for this April-Quarter, typically a relatively modest earnings period.

Apple’s Sports Watch is configured with an satin Aluminum case with a variety of elastomer sports water resistant bands. The Apple Watch is housed in highly polished hardened Stainless Steel with two colors, with a number of elegant bracelets. For the fashion minded, the Apple Watch Edition is encased in a highly polished and hardened Gold case accompanied with appealing bracelets. If our guesstimates are correct, this new Wearable product-line may have significant implications for year-over-year revenue growth at the company.

If the last eight quarterly financial reports are an indication, Apple may benefit handsomely with this mid-year revenue accelerator. The first fiscal-quarter (Apple’s fourth calendar quarter) is where Apple has really outperformed, growing revenue nearly 30% year-over-year.

Led by the newest iterations of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, most notably Apple smashed all expectations and accordingly propelled the $AAPL stock to all-time highs, with no end in sight. Not to mention that many of the largest Investment Banking firms’ analysts increasing the Target Pricing to $150/share and seemingly other analysts concurring with increased share target pricing.

Apple’s mid-year quarterly performance are generally less impressive then Apple’s first quarter results. And while it is important to note that 5% to 6% year-over-year growth is still amazing for a huge company pushing nearly $200 billion in revenues, with an Apple Watch earnings injection during the seasonally slower quarters should be an additional catalyst for Apple’s stock trading prices.

As you may know, one of the Apple “low” growth quarters is the third fiscal quarter, that typically starts April 1st. With an iWatch April release date expected, the Apple Watch may be most felt during this quarter. Assuming forecasts are close to reality, Apple generally errs on the conservative side with their projections. The Apple Watch may add roughly 16.8% growth to the quarter year-over-year, considering all other product sales factors constant. However, being rather bullish on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these “slower” seasonal quarters may be “not so slow” as usually expected by the “talking heads.”

The Big Question: Which Watch is for You? With the start of the New Year the specialty Watch Makers like Montblanc, Longines, Baume & Mercier, and others announce and display their new creations to the public.

Watches – Which is Best for You Comparing a robust “mans” chronograph with a modern gold iWatch with a red-band is eye catching, the primary purpose. However, when one acquires Mechanical-Chronographs with Complications in its Face, other than the watch-band, your use and visuals are Fixed. With iWatch other than your choice of the Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum alloy case, all else may be changed including the bands.

With the iWatch, Fixed only applies to your choice of how tall the watch body is, either 38mm or 42mm, and your choice of metal, Gold, Stainless, or Aluminum… all else you may change. The Watch Face may look anyway you desire, with Complications or not, thousands of possibilities, that you may change anytime. Directly under iWatch’s highl