Samsung Shows Off Diamond Encrusted Gear S2

For tech fans that want to stand out from the crowd, companies love coming out with fancy collaborations. Samsung is no different with its Gear S2 smartwatch.

Over the years there have been some pretty ludicrous additions to tech items that are way beyond the price range of the normal user. However there is a tiny section of the population that can afford to spend thousands of dollars on diamond and gold encrusted tech.

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Glitzy collaboration announced at high-end watch show

Some of these items can be seen at the largest watch and jewelry show in the world, Baselworld 2016. Switzerland is known as the home of watches, and the show brings watchmakers from around the globe to the city of Basel.

While commentators were not necessarily expecting to see the show flooded with smartwatches, it would have been surprising if there hadn’t been some lavish collaborations between tech companies and traditional watchmakers. One such collaboration involves Samsung and watchmaker de Grisogono.

The Korean company has announced a Gear S2 smartwatch embellished with rose gold and over 100 black and white diamonds. The special edition Gear S2 also features a bracelet studded with galuchat, de Grisogono’s signature rough, textured leather, and a number of exclusive watch faces.

Samsung Gear S2 gets another exclusive version

While the outside is fancy, the inside features exactly the same tech as the normal Gear S2. Presumably customers will be willing to pay extra – a lot extra – for the ability to turn a diamond-studded bezel instead of a normal one to access their apps and other functions.

No pricing details were released for the high-end collaboration, but Samsung did say that it would be released as a limited edition in the summer. The company previously released rose gold and platinum versions of the Gear S2 at this year’s CES conference.

However this latest de Grisogono version looks set to be a lot more expensive than those announced at CES, which came in at under $500. If you’ve got more money than you know what to do with, and prefer the Gear S2 over the Apple Watch or other competitors, keep your eye on Samsung for more details on the de Grisogono collaboration.