Apple Watch accessories Stories November 14, 2017

Coach adds more Apple Watch band options ahead of the holidays

Coach today has released some updated Apple Watch band options and brought some brand new bands to its fall lineup.

Apple Watch accessories Stories July 19, 2017

Classic Speidel Twist-O-Flex band now available for the Apple Watch, at $50

If you’re old or into vintage watches, chances are you’ve owned a watch with a Speidel Twist-O-Flex band. Similar in appearance to Apple’s Link Bracelet, there’s no snap-fasten clasp – instead, the whole band stretches. You simply insert your hand, the band stretching to accommodate it, and it then springs back into place on your wrist …

Apple Watch accessories Stories May 29, 2017

For the last few weeks I’ve been testing out the Apple Watch Strap by Survival Straps which is made with a mix of paracord and high quality stainless steel. While there are lots of cheap Apple Watch band options on the market, Survival Straps’ deliberate approach with custom craftsmanship and quality materials makes this product worth looking at.

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Apple Watch accessories Stories May 18, 2017

There’s an amazing variety of Apple Watch bands available today that range in price from $10 all the way up to four and five-figures. Let’s take a look at some of the best Apple Watch bands you can buy, including choices from Apple, designers, and some affordable third-party options.

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Apple Watch accessories Stories August 5, 2016

You can finally buy a rainbow Pride Apple Watch band just like Apple’s exclusive employee bands

A little more than a month ago Apple gave a limited-edition rainbow colored Apple Watch band to its employees who marched in San Fransisco’s LGBT Pride parade. With no official release in sight and no worthy alternatives on the market, it seemed the only way to get your hands on one was to pay insane eBay prices. But that’s all changed this morning. Clockwork Synergy, a watch accessory maker based in Maryland, has just launched a Pride version of its Classic NATO Apple Watch band featuring a rainbow design that looks nearly identical to the one Apple gifted its employees. What’s more, both bands are made of nylon.

Apple Watch accessories Stories August 24, 2015

Like a lot of 9to5Mac readers, I’m generally a purist when it comes to matching Apple hardware with accessories: I prefer iPhones and iPads without cases unless using one of Apple’s iPhone 6 Leather Cases or iPad Air Smart Covers and I can’t resist their overpriced Lightning Docks. If Apple made an Apple Watch Charging Stand, I’d be tempted to toss my Spigen Nightstand in a drawer in favor of the official solution.

And while I own both the Classic Buckle and Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands, I wear the simpler black Sport band on most days aside from a nice dinner or more formal occasion. Both are fine bands, but Classic Buckle can feel a bit too dressy with a t-shirt and shorts and Milanese Loop isn’t as comfortable as the other bands. For myself, I’ve found that there’s a space in between completely casual and totally formal for Apple Watch bands. Pad & Quill’s Classic Apple Watch Band takes a more traditional strap approach than even Apple’s Classic Buckle and fits this space, with four leather color options and two metal finishes that match stainless steel Apple Watches or Space Gray/Space Black Apple Watches.

I’ve been eager to try the Classic Apple Watch Band since Pad & Quill began transitioning their expertise in fine leather bag and case making toward prototyping Apple Watch bands a few months ago. After finally getting my hands on a Whiskey-colored American leather version, I’ve settled on a few first impressions on what is now my first favorite third-party Apple Watch band. Read on for details:

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