Juuk’s striped-aluminum Apple Watch bands are back in action

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Juuk's Vitero Fire — a matte grey band with a Fire orange stripe.
Juuk's Vitero Citron — a matte gray band with a Citron yellow stripe.
Photo: Juuk

Best List: Juuk Design aluminum Vitero Apple Watch band

Our friends at Juuk have done it again! The Hong Kong-based company has created a totally unique, aluminum Apple Watch band with an aggressive design inspired by motor racing.

Juuk’s Vitero band looks, feels and performs like no other Apple Watch band on the market — or any watch band for that matter. Available now in our Watch Store

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The Cosmic Grey — matte all-gray Vitero band. Gorgeous.
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Motor sport-inspired design

Juuk sent us six protoypes in the Vitero line. I’ve been wearing one of them for a couple of weeks on my Series 3 Apple Watch.

I chose the Vitero Sapphire, a silver band with a sapphire blue stripe.

At first, I was apprehensive about the design. The look is a bit flash for my taste. The forceful styling, inspired by sports cars’ race stripes and tire treads, is a bit too eye-catching.

But, I found the band to be comfortable and easy to wear.

I like that it’s made of aluminum, the same material used for my silver Apple Watch Series 3. It’s not easy to find aluminum bands. They’re relatively rare. Most metal bands are made from steel.

The Vitero bands are all milled from 6000 series aluminum; a hard-anodized, high-grade alloy that is almost as strong as the 7000 series Apple uses for the iPhone 7, but is a little warmer to the touch. The Vitero bands are as lightweight and durable as the watch itself.

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The Vitero Granite is a matte gray band with a Granite black stripe
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The two-color design is achieved by a dual-stage anodization process.

Tapered links

The band features tapered links that are engineered to fold smoothly around your wrist.

“One of the key features when we designed and engineered this was the tapered link,” explained Eugene Ho, Juuk’s founder and CEO. “When you wear it, you’ll really be able to appreciate how smoothly it curves around your wrist for a very sleek curvature.”

It’s true. Thanks to their unique Y-shape, the band is much more supple than it looks. It’s very flexible and pliant.

The Vitero has a double-push butterfly button buckle made from solid 316L stainless steel. It opens and closes with a solid and satisfying metallic click.

Eight colors and finishes

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Juuk’s Vitero Ruby Grey is a matte gray band with a Ruby red stripe.
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The Vitero bands come in six colors and finishes: four matte gray bands that match Apple’s Space Gray watches, with orange, blue, red or yellow accent stripes; one silver band that matches the silver aluminum watch; and a special-edition matte red band with a gold stripe that pays homage to a certain famous armored Avenger.

The eight options are:

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This matte grey Vitero band with a Cerulean blue stripe is made of 6000 series hard-anodized aluminum.

Juuk’s Vitero fits all generations of the Apple Watch, and comes in 42mm only. It is not available for the 38mm Apple Watch.

The Vitero bands fits wrist sizes up to 217mm (8.54 inches) and weigh 55 grams. All bands come with a tool for easy link removal.

Price: $119-$149

Buy from: Watch Store

Juuk provided Cult of Mac with review units for this article. See Cult of Mac’s reviews policy; and check out more stuff we recommend in our Best List reviews.