Apple Watch 18-Karat Rose Gold Hands-On Review

By on March 8, 2016 | 4:06 pm
Apple Watch 18-Karat Rose Gold
March 8, 2016 | 4:06 pm

Apple’s smartwatch line offers 38 models, ranging from the introductory $349 Sport models to the extravagant $17,000, 38mm 18-Karat Rose Gold with Rose Gray Modern Buckle Apple Watch Edition, which just so happened to make a guest appearance at the BuyBackWorld facilities for the first time this week.

Apple Watch 18-Karat Rose Gold

Although the 18-Karat Rose Gold Apple Watch Edition is cloaked in luxury, it still offers the same performance options as the remaining 37 models. Running on WatchOS 2, Siri is available for dependable support along with a strong 10,000+ app selection, all presented within a vivid 340×272-pixel display. Additionally, the Apple Watch Edition features:

  • 18-karat rose gold casing weighing in at 54 grams
  • Sapphire crystal display
  • Retina Display with Force Touch
  • Ceramic back
  • Digital crown
  • Heart rate sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope
  • Magnetic charging case and cable


Pairing allows for synchronized iPhone notifications. Users can text by dictating out loud or using stock replies, while a built-in speaker and microphone allows you to receive and initiate calls. Through Digital Touch, friends can send sketches or tap patterns for unique, personalized communication.

Navigation can feel constrained, but, along with the crown, the Apple Watch is responsive to voice, swipe, tap and Force Touch to further accommodate your navigational needs.

In terms of fitness, the watch can track steps, calories burned and general movement. In addition, an optical heart rate sensor lightly protrudes from the rear of the device, embracing your wrist for optimal performance. But it lacks GPS and sleep tracking capabilities, further limiting a mostly underdeveloped fitness system.

Apple’s ambitious smartwatch project has rightly drawn a divisive response. But the Apple Watch does undeniably excel when it comes to style. The 18-Karat Rose Gold’s primary allure is just that, a luxurious appearance:

Apple Watch 18-Karat Rose GoldApple Watch Edition 18-Karat Rose Gold crownApple Watch Edition 18-Karat Rose Gold ceramic back sensorsApple Watch Edition 18-Karat Rose Gold ceramic back and crownApple Watch 18-Karat Rose Gold buckle Case with Rose Gray Modern Buckle close upApple Watch Edition 38mm 18-Karat Rose Gold Case with Rose Gray Modern Buckle rear view

BuyBackWorld Bottom Line: The Apple Watch boasts a diverse range of models along with interchangeable bands to easily claim the “crown” as most fashionable smartwatch on the market. With pairing capabilities, Apple diehards will also undoubtedly enjoy taking their iOS experience to new heights.

High costs have overshadowed some of the bright spots, particularly the flashy but excessively priced $17,000, 18-Karat version. Other fair criticisms include awkward navigation, poor call quality and an inefficient battery.

Thus far, the Apple Watch has not been as transformative as previous Apple projects. But its futuristic capabilities have opened the door to a world of untapped potential, which is something Apple has never shied away from attaining.

So what does all that mean for you? Can we sit here and actually recommend spending upwards of $17,000 on an Apple Watch Edition when you can harness the same power and functionality from a lower-end mode for roughly 1/30th the cost? The answer is a resounding NO – we can’t and this brings us back full circle to one of our first Apple Watch posts when the Apple Watch was first announced one year ago.

Once you enter the realm of $5,000+ for a wristwatch, there are a lot of options to choose from and for now we have to admit the allure of the Swiss’ finest is certainly more appealing than Cupertino’s latest foray into fashion. For now, the best option is to enjoy the pictures and appreciate the watch for its beauty as a bridge between fashion and technology that will hopefully evolve the wearables industry into the future. Will this opinion last forever? As is the case with all watches, time will tell..

If you’re interested in making an upgrade, you can always sell your used Apple Watch to BuyBackWorld to offset the cost.


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