from Gold Core:
Apple may consume up to 746 metric tonnes of gold per year in the production of its new luxury Apple watch, due for release in April. This equates to roughly one third of gold’s total annual global mine supply.
The watch will come in three varieties – the entry level “Sports” model, the mid-tier “Apple Watch” and the upper end “Apple Watch Edition” which the company says will be made of 18k (75% pure) gold and is estimated to retail from anywhere between $4,000 and $10,000.
Apple ( APPL ) have ordered their manufacturing plants in Asia to produce between 5 and 6 million units. Around half of these will be the Sports model which is expected to retail for $349.
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