- Karl Lagerfeld, the German designer and creative director of the fashion houses Chanel and Fendi, died on Tuesday. He was 85.
- Lagerfeld had famously received a custom 18-karat yellow-gold Apple Watch from Jony Ive, Apple’s chief designer, but he might have never actually set it up to use as a smartwatch.
Karl Lagerfeld had an Apple Watch before most people had one. But he might have never actually set it up.
In 2015, ahead of the public launch of the first-generation Apple Watch, Lagerfeld was gifted a custom smartwatch from Apple’s chief designer, Jony Ive. Lagerfeld, the German designer who led the fashion houses Chanel and Fendi as creative director, died on Tuesday at 85.
Lagerfeld received an 18-karat yellow-gold Apple Watch Edition with a custom yellow-gold link bracelet. Apple had created silver and black stainless-steel versions of the link bracelet for the public, but Lagerfeld’s was “specially made” by Apple, according to Lagerfeld’s assistant.
Considering that the gold Apple Watch Edition with a gold-buckle band would cost about $US17,000 and that Apple’s link bracelets were the most expensive bands made at the time, MacRumors estimated that Lagerfeld’s Apple Watch cost at least $US25,000.
Thing is, Lagerfeld might have never set up his Apple Watch to use it as a smartwatch, instead choosing to wear it as an accessory.
Hodinkee, the notable wristwatch website, wrote this week about Lagerfeld’s famous watches and mentioned his well-known Apple Watch (emphasis ours):
“While the blacked-out Royal Oak is definitely the watch that is most often associate with Lagerfeld in collector and enthusiast circles, it’s not the only watch he was spotted wearing throughout his long and storied career. Most recently, he was seen wearing a solid 18k yellow gold Apple Watch on a special gold bracelet that was never made available to the public (the same one that Beyoncé and other celebrities were also rocking).The best part though? He appears to have never actually set the thing up, instead going Andy Warhol-style, wearing it purely as a piece of jewellery.”
As Hodinkee pointed out, many photos online of Lagerfeld wearing his Apple Watch appear to show the device in a pairing mode or an uncharged state.
You can learn more about Lagerfeld’s life and legacy here – and if you have Netflix, be sure to check out the episode of “7 Days Out” showing how the designer prepared for his annual Chanel Haute Couture fashion show in Paris.
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