Samsung is apparently working on the next generation of its Gear S smartwatch, tentatively known as the Gear S3, and has partnered with luxury brand de Grisogono to create a super luxurious version for launch at a later date. Samsung already works with de Grisogono on a special diamond encrusted version of the Gear S2, and news of the continued collaboration comes from the Korea Herald.
Quoting an unnamed official from de Grisogono, it’s stated the firm is, “collaborating with Samsung to develop its next generation smartwatch,” after being approached by the electronics giant following the success of its existing product. The de Grisogono Gear S2 costs around $15,000, and is a limited edition with only 100 made each month, all of which are selling out according to the report.
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Samsung hasn’t officially announced the Gear S3, or its extended relationship with de Grisogono, so although it all sounds plausible, the news stays as an unofficial rumor for now. The Gear S3, or whatever it ends up being named, is also a mystery, with this being the first main discussion about such a device. Its launch seems inevitable though, given the Gear S2’s warm welcome.
The early versions had some problems, but there’s no denying it’s one of the most attractive, functional, and intuitive smartwatches we’ve seen. Navigating the menus with a twist of the bezel seems almost too simple, and it’s surprising the system hadn’t been used before, given how superbly it works.
There are no details about the Gear S3’s specification or features, but it’s potentially going to be launched at this year’s IFA technology show in Berlin during September, a year-on from Gear S2. The luxury de Grisogono Gear S3 isn’t expected to be shown though, and may not be ready before the Baselworld watch show in March 2017. That should give us enough time to save up.