Juuk’s aircraft-grade aluminum Apple Watch band is ready for takeoff [Watch Store]

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Juuk Ligero aluminum Apple Watch band
The Ligero is built from robust 6061 series aluminum — the same aluminum used in the aircraft, automotive, boating and diving industries.
Photo courtesy Juuk Design

When Eugene Ho first saw the Apple Watch, it made him think of a jukebox. If the watch piece is the player then the wristband is like a song that can be changed according to taste and mood.

Ho is building a band brand, Juuk Design, that acknowledges the watch wearer who likes to change bands on a whim. The latest Apple Watch band from Juuk is the Ligero — an aircraft-grade aluminum link band designed in eight vibrant finishes that will complement the aluminum Apple Watch model in both Series 1 and 2.

The entire colorful Ligero collection is now available in our Watch Store. Enter the code Juuk2017! at checkout for a 10 percent discount.

Strapple’s mock-croc Apple Watch band gives you a taste of the exotic [Review]

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Strapple Crocodilus Apple Watch strap

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Lust List: Crocodilus Apple Watch band by Strapple

This crocodile Apple Watch strap is a total crock. But in a good way! Made of Italian calfskin leather but stamped to look like crocodile skin, this beefy Apple Watch band looks exotic but costs a fraction of what a real reptile hide would set you back.

Wrap your wrist in Italian leather with Meridio for Apple Watch [Watch Store]

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Meridio Old Brown
The Old Brown Leather Watch Band by Meridio is very modern and refined, and suede-like to the touch.
Photo: Courtesy of Meridio

For the ultimate in refined, high-quality leather accessories, look to Italy’s centuries-old leather-making tradition. Now Apple Watch lovers can wear a little bit of this fine leather on their wrists in the form of Italian company Meridio’s Old Brown Leather Band for Apple Watch.

Go totally ballistic with these nylon Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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The colors pop in Nyloon’s vibrant selection of Apple Watch bands crafted from ballistic nylon.
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Breathe new life into your Apple Watch with a cool, contemporary nylon band inspired by the original NATO watch strap. Best yet, this one won’t leave you cash-dry.

Spanish company Nyloon started with the goal of making high-quality versions of the NATO straps created by the British Ministry of Defence in 1973. The result is a line of fun, versatile and easily interchangeable nylon bands that are now flying off the shelves.

Apple Watch goes retro with Bucardo lockets [Watch Store]

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Bucardo’s Pendulum Collection aims to resurrect vintage classics like lockets and pocket watches, and transform them into wearable tech.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

The Apple Watch doesn’t need to live on one’s wrist alone. Ladies, take notice! The Silver Constellation Locket by Bucardo is a new way to wear Apple Watch, bucking current trends by melding vintage style and tech.

And, sometimes fashion precedes functionality — in wearing this beautiful locket, the sensors on the rear of the Apple Watch obviously won’t be in contact with the skin, yet it’s such a unique and beautiful accessory that, for me at least, I’ll make an exception. It’s a watch hidden in a necklace. Let’s take a look.

Embellish your Apple Watch with one-of-a-kind batik strap [Watch Store]

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Clessant's Blue Batik Strap is a beautiful blend of ancient Indonesian art, batik, and French leather-making.
Photo: Clessant

Make Apple’s most personal device as unique as you are with a truly distinctive, statement-making strap worthy of a double take. The exotic Batik Strap for Apple Watch from Clessant is a refreshing take on an everyday accessory. No two are ever alike. And, you can get ahold of it now in Cult of Mac’s new Watch Store!

Cuff strap for Apple Watch puts the heat on Hermès [Reviews]

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Jack Foster sources materials close to home. The leather for this strap comes from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago.
Jack Foster sources materials close to home. The leather for this strap comes from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago.
Photo: Jack Foster

Lust List: Apple Watch Cuff Strap in Horween Black Chromexcel Leather by Jack Foster

Feeling rugged and maybe a little bit Roman? Go ahead and swap out the standard strap that comes with your new Apple Watch for something a little more, er, Ben Hur-ish.

The Cuff Strap by Jack Foster fits the bill, and the juxtaposition with the sleek Apple Watch somehow quite high-style. Better yet, it costs just a fraction of what you’ll spend for Hermès’ similar leather strap.

Meet Instagram’s biggest Apple Watch band fan

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A sampling of Ryan Verbeek's ever-growing Apple Watch band collection.
A sampling of Ryan Verbeek's ever-growing Apple Watch band collection.
Photo: Ryan Verbeek

Cult of Mac 2.0 bugRyan Verbeek is fashionable enough as he moves about Holland’s oldest city, but he says his style is not likely to draw much attention. His friends and more than 51,000 followers on Instagram beg to differ and are always curious about one detail — the band Verbeek is wearing with his Apple Watch.

The 17-year-old student has a collection of nearly 40 bands that he routinely switches out depending on his mood or wardrobe. His enthusiasm has gained him Instagram fame, free bands from companies hoping he will model them for his social media account, and a deal to collaborate with a French company to design a couple of bands.

Week’s best Apple deals: Super-low prices on iPad minis

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Snag great deals on tiny Apple tablets, a third-party Apple Watch band and an essential iOS app.
Snag great deals on tiny Apple tablets, a third-party Apple Watch band and an essential iOS app.
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We’ve got iPad minis for every budget (as long as your budget falls between $220 and $325). You’ll find those, plus a super-affordable third-party Apple Watch band, in this week’s roundup of the best Apple deals.