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Samsung Gear S3 incoming as ‘super-luxury’ smartwatch – report

The next-generation Samsung Gear S3 “super-luxury” smartwatch will arrive this year, apparently.

That’s according to the Korea Herald, which reports that the unconfirmed wearable is set for launch in 2016.

The Herald cites its source as de Grisogono, a luxury jeweller that it says has partnered with Samsung to create the device.

“We are currently collaborating with Samsung to develop its next-generation smartwatch,” a de Grisogono official is reported as saying.

gear s2The limited edition Samsung Gear S2

It’s said that de Grisogono was “approached by Samsung” as the company is a “fitting partner to lead its foray into the ultra-luxury accessories market”.

It wouldn’t be the first time the companies had worked together; both firms were jointly involved in creating the recent limited edition spin-off of the Samsung Gear S2, priced at $15,000.

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Samsung’s apparently continuing efforts in the luxury smartwatch space show a clear attempt to dethrone the Apple Watch Edition as the high-end wearable of choice.

The Herald says de Grisogono revealed that the luxury Gear S2 has been “selling out internationally”, and that around 100 units are “handcrafted and built every month”.

We’ve asked Samsung for comment on the matter of a 2016 Gear S3 launch, and we’ll update this article with any response.

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