LG has unveiled a gold model of its LG Watch Urbane smartwatch, and for those with cash to splash it's about to become one of the most luxurious smartwatches available. Here, we investigate the LG Watch Urbane Luxe's release date, price, specs, design and features and find out when to expect the watch's arrival in the UK.

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LG Watch Urbane Luxe release date: When is the LG Watch Urbane Luxe coming out?

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe was unveiled on 31 August, and is set to be released at the end of October. However, LG plans to make just 500 of the watches, each engraved with their own serial number.

At present, it's only available to pre-order in the US, but in LG's announcement press release the company said it will be "available initially in the USA" which gives us the impression that it's possible the watch will eventually come the UK.

It's available to pre-order now in the US (there is overseas shipping available if you're super-keen on getting your hands on one but you're in the UK) exclusively from Reeds Jewellers here.

LG Watch Urbane Luxe price: How much does the LG Watch Urbane Luxe cost?

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is priced at $1,195, which converts to around £770. That's a lot cheaper than Apple's luxury Apple Watch Edition, which starts at £8,000.

LG Watch Urbane Luxe features and specs

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is actually exactly the same as the LG Watch Urbane internally. In a nutshell, it runs Android Wear (which is now compatible with Apple's iPhones), has a 1.3in P-OLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 4GB of internal storage. There's 512MB of RAM, too, as well as a heart-rate monitor and other sensors for fitness tracking. And of course, it offers up notifications right at your wrist. You can find out more in our LG Watch Urbane review.

The difference is the 23-Karat gold body, the alligator leather strap and its special "exclusive" piano gloss lacquer case. The strap, which LG says is handcrafted by 30 experienced leatherworkers through its 50 separate steps of creation, also has a deployment clasp "for a fitted, elegant look that isn't bulky."

If that's not enough, LG also says that the 23-karat gold used in the watch is "stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold used in jewelry and heavier than the 18-karat gold used in traditional luxury watches."