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Wearable computing devices, such as smart watches, may include functional components (e.g., cover glass, displays, processors, memory, storage, battery, etc.) and cosmetic components (e.g., housings, bands/straps, etc.). While it may be desirable to offer wearable computing devices with a wide variation of cosmetic components (e.g., to appeal to a larger group of customers), it may be similarly be desirable to limit variation of the functional components (e.g., to reduce design complexity and/or manufacturing costs).

Some manufacturers may accomplish the dual goals of offering a wide variety of cosmetic components and a limited variety of functional components by allowing for limited swapping out of some cosmetic components (e.g., bands or straps). However, providing variations in other cosmetic components (e.g., housing or case) may require the use of a unique lamination process for each variation (e.g., separate manufacturing processes to mount cover glass to cosmetic components, and then attaching the display). Such a requirement for separate and unique lamination processes may undesirably cause delay and increase cost and/or complexity, for example, by fracturing a lamination process volume when producing wearable devices.

As discussed in this disclosure, a wearable computing device may include a chassis configured to carry both cover glass and a display. The combined assembly of the cover glass, chassis, and display may form a modular display platform that can be easily integrated into various cosmetic components (e.g., case or housing). For instance, an upper housing and a lower housing may enclose the chassis, along with other functional components.

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