Sapphire Carves Out a Corner of the Smart Watch Market

With the much anticipated release of the Apple Watch, the smart watch industry – and with it the sapphire industry – are back in the national spotlight.

Photo Credit: Business Insider

Photo Credit: Business Insider

Smart watches such as the Apple Watch are not only shaking up the wearables industry, but tipping us over the edge into a wearables revolution, predicted to be as transformative as smartphones and tablets.  With each new release, sapphire continues to establish a clear role in the future of wearable technology.

So what has led sapphire to be the go-to screen choice for smart watches?

As the second hardest substance on Earth behind diamond, it is unsurprising so many smart watch manufacturers are going with sapphire for their high-end time pieces. Utilized by traditional luxury watchmakers for decades, a sapphire faceplate is hard, extremely rugged and scratch resistant – excellent qualities to have when a device is situated in a vulnerable position, such as your wrist.

In fact, in an effort to prove just how indestructible a sapphire display is, Apple fan site iPhonefixed recently made a video of a purported Apple Watch sapphire display enduring excessive abuse, including aggressive rubbing against a stone wall and a power drill. In the end, the Apple Watch display is shown 100 percent intact, surviving without a single scuff or scratch.

But Apple is not the first or only manufacturer to feature sapphire on its smart watches. At Mobile World Congress 2015, Huawei shook up the wearable world by announcing the Huawei Watch. Designed with a more classical look in mind than the Apple Watch, the smart watch’s stainless steel build and sapphire crystal face make it look and feel more like a traditional timepiece.

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