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Saturday 18 November 2017

Gold Apple Watch might need hallmarks

Apple Watch gold
Apple Watch gold

The new gold Apple Watch could feature a series of hallmarks next to the usual apple symbol when it is released next month.

The brand's latest luxury product (inset), due in the shops in the UK and here on April 24, may have to include three or four extra symbols after it was revealed it would be made from 18-carat gold.

"Anything gold sold in the UK that is over a gram needs to be hallmarked, so we need to find the make-up of the gold in the watches," said assayer John Love of the Goldsmiths Assay Office.

With pre-orders starting on April 10, the limited edition watch will cost $10,000.

Geraldine Swanton of the British Hallmarking Council, said if the watch is found to warrant a hallmark, each product will require three additional marks.

"Statute regarding hallmarks was drafted before the Apple Watch was even conceived," she said.

"If it needs to be hallmarked, it would have a town mark (the symbol of the town where the hallmark was made), a fineness mark a number showing how precious the metal is), and the sponsor's mark (which could be Apple's own branding)."

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