Apple Watch launch event announced for March 9

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Manufacturer will reveal full details about new wearable at “Spring Forward” event in San Francisco next month

Apple has sent invitations to a “Spring Forward” event on March 9 where it is expected to reveal the final details of its new Apple Watch wearable.

The iPhone maker unveiled its entry in to the wearables market at the launch event for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September, but did not disclose a release date or pricing details.

It has now sent out invitations to an event to be held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco next month, where its is expected to reveal final details about the Apple Watch.

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during an earnings call last month that the Apple Watch will hit wrists in April, but final details about the wearable have not been disclosed.

The Apple Watch marks the companies first foray in to the wearables market, which was worth £51 million in the UK in 2014 alone last year (Figures from GFK).

It is also the first major new product line launched by the Cupertino firm since Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad in 2010.

The Watch will come in three versions – the Apple Watch Sport in grey or silver anodised aluminium, the standard Apple Watch in polished or black stainless steel, and the luxury Watch Edition, available in rose or yellow 18 carat gold. Each model will be available in two sizes – 38 mm and 42 mm, with sapphire crystal displays.

UK pricing of each Watch version has yet to be announced, but the entry-level Sport model will retail in the US from $349 (£230).

An equivalent event will be held in Berlin and will begin at 5pm GMT on March 9.

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