The asking price for the Apple Watch Edition series is the subject of intense speculation ahead of the device's April release.

Why the 18-karat Apple Watch will never be a top-tier luxury timepiece

As the release of the Apple Watch draws near, speculation about its pricing has grown louder. We already know the watches will start at $349. But Apple will offer a myriad of bands, sizes, and features, and the price tag of the most expensive version — the “Edition” series, which comes encased in 18-karat rose or yellow gold — is still a mystery. But how high can the price go? And where does the Apple Watch stand on the spectrum of high-end timepieces?