Switzerland’s watch exports experienced a record five years the decline in the background of the beginning of sales of “smart hours” Apple. About it reports Bloomberg with reference to the report of the Federation of the Swiss watch industry.
Export hours for may 2015 decreased by 8.9% compared with April and $ 1.71 billion francs ($1.9 billion). This is the largest decline since November 2009.
Apple started accepting pre-orders for smart watch Apple Watch April 10, sales started on April 24. The minimum price of the wearable computer is $349, the “premium” version in pink gold will cost $17 000. The first winner of the smart watches were residents of Australia, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, China, USA, France and Japan.
According to analysts, the demand for wearable devices has increased dramatically after the release of the Apple Watch. It is expected that in 2015 the release of gadgets, worn on the body, on a global scale will reach 45-50 million units, which is 125-150 % more than the previous year, when manufacturers shipped about 20 million devices.
Market observers believe that Apple, which began selling its own smart watch, can become the largest supplier of wearable electronics in the second quarter, ahead of current leader Fitbit.
Apple has not officially announced the results of sales, but, according to Slice, by the middle of June, the company sold to 2.79 million units of the Apple Watch different models.