Apple Watch Classic Buckle Review

Apple’s most traditional Watch band gives the device a classic appearance, which may be the band’s biggest drawback. Conventional watch design graces the Classic Buckle in the form of a polished stainless steel buckle and smooth, stitched leather. The leather could be thicker and higher quality, but it’s not bad for the moderate price of the band. On first glance, this particular Watch band seems bland and unimaginative. For some, the blandness won’t cease, but others will appreciate the band’s simplicity.

The Classic Buckle shifts attention away from the Watch’s band to the actual device. As evidenced by the extra metal bar separating the leather from sliding into the Watch’s band mechanism (all other Watch bands harmoniously fuse into the Watch’s body), Apple wants to show off the device’s beauty with the Classic Buckle. The stunning details of the stainless steel Watch become more visible with the simplified band. The way the sapphire glass meets the stainless steel is more dramatic and the black cap on the Digital Crown is actually noticeable.

This Watch band is perfect for simple, toned down attire, but might be too ordinary for others. The Classic Buckle retails for $149 at the Apple Store and is available for both Watch sizes in a variety of colors.

Tom Ford Apple Watch Accessories

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In a recent Vogue interview, fashion designer Tom Ford commented on Apple Watch and its role in the fashion world. Ford says he views “Apple products as fashion accessories,” especially the Apple Watch. While designers often create iPhone cases, the Apple Watch provides a unique opportunity for designers to produce technological accessories that are meant to be worn. Ford currently sells two versions of a Pocket Watch Chain that allows users to attach an Apple Watch in the slot where bands usually attach. The chain is available in gold and silver and retails for $1,490.

Tom Ford’s Pocket Watch Chain represents how technology and design can combine to create beautiful products with powerful digital features. As more people buy Apple Watch, the device will start to look increasingly pedestrian, so innovative designers like Tom Ford can bring their signature styling to the device.

Do you view the Apple Watch as a fashion accessory?

New Apple Watch Clock Faces Coming Soon

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Apple posted a new job listing on its website to recruit software developers for creating new Apple Watch faces and complications. Currently, Apple Watch has several preloaded watch faces that users can choose. When the user selects a watch face, they can also customize the color and complications. In addition to complication content from Apple’s own Watch apps, watchOS 2 added the ability for developers to create complications for their own apps.

The new watch faces will likely by introduced at a March event, where Apple will also launch new Apple Watch Bands and an update to watchOS 2.

What new Apple Watch faces and complications would you want in the update?

Space Black vs. Stainless Steel Apple Watch – Comparison

The regular Apple Watch comes in two colors, Space Black and Stainless Steel. While both Watches are constructed from stainless steel, the Space Black variation features a diamond-like carbon layer to create a deep black color. Because of its color, the Space Black version appears sleeker since all the Watch components blend to form a harmonious surface. The Space Black Apple Watch is a $100 premium over the regular Stainless Steel Apple Watch.

Apple To Release Additional Apple Watch Sport Bands

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Apple will release new Apple Watch Sport bands in a variety of colors at its September 9th media event. The new colors will consist of more neutral and darker colors to complement the current neon colors available. More colors will give Apple Watch sport customers more customization options, which will increase Apple’s Apple Watch profits. News of the additional colors first surfaced in April when Jony Ive showcased several new colors at Milan Design Week. Apple hopes the broader range of Apple Watch band colors will entice people purchasing the new iPhone 6s to also invest in an Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Milanese Loop Unboxing and Review

The Apple Watch Milanese Loop features a stainless steel mesh that loops and closes magnetically. Since the band is infinitely adjustable, it feels extremely comfortable. The band also complements the stainless steel watch well and provides a clean modern look. Overall, the Milanese Loop provides fashion and comfort in one band.

Review: Apple Watch Try–On Experience

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Yesterday, Apple began allowing the public to try on Apple Watches in its retail stores. Display tables with Apple Watches under a glass cover allow customers to view all Watch collections and configurations up close. To actually try a Watch on, customers make an appointment on the Apple website. The appointment reservations are similar to reserving a Genius Bar. Simply log into the reservation webpage with your AppleID and select the time you want to try on the Apple Watch.

When I arrived at the Apple store yesterday, I was greeted at the door and asked for my name and reservation time. The sales associate instructed me to wait for someone to guide me through the Watch experience. In just a minute, a sales person met me and guided me to a try-on station. The try–on stations feature black leather table pads that make the Apple store seem more luxurious and suitable for selling wearables. Alongside the leather table pads are portable Apple Watch displays. The displays incorporate an embedded iPad that highlights the features of each Apple Watch app as the customer explores them on the Watch.

After we arrived at the try–on station, the salesman asked me which Apple Watches I wanted to try on. Once I told him my interest in the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch with leather loop, he retrieved the Watches from a drawer that contained many different Watch configurations. Looking into the drawer shows how many different case and band formats customers can choose. The sales person then put the Watch on my wrist and complemented the way it looked in conjunction with my outfit. This was the first time I ever received fashion advise in the Apple Store and it sounded completely natural in the context of the Watch.

The Apple Watch itself felt incredible well constructed. Although the try–on models only let customers see the Watch features through a demo, the video still allows people to feel how the Watch delivers notification with the Taptic Engine. For example, when the Watch receives a message, it feels like a tap on the wrist. The Sport Band and Leather Loop I tried on were comfortable and good looking.

Overall, my Apple Watch try–on experience was very good. Apple did a great job transforming its stores to sell luxury watches. While I wish Apple would allow more freedom to explore the Watch features than a software demo, I came away from the experience with an increased understanding of how the Watch will enhance my life. I recommend everyone makes a reservation to go see the beautiful Apple Watch in person!