Update: Juuk’s added five new Vitero Apple Watch bands now available for preorder, which will ship the first week of February. The new finishes available for preorder are: Vitero Cosmic Grey, Vitero Granite, Vitero Ruby Silver, Vitero Silver and%20Vitero%20Ruby%20Grey.%20Many%20of%20the%20original%20Vitero%20finishes%20are%20sold%20out%20until%20June: Vitero%20Fire, Vitero%20Cerulean, Vitero%20Ruby%20Grey,%20Vitero%20Citron, Vitero%20Sapphire and%20Vitero%20Crimson.
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.
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.
The two-color design is achieved by a dual-stage anodization process.
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.
Gorgeous colors and finishes
The Vitero bands come in six colors and finishes: four matte grey bands that match Apple’s Space Grey 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.
Unfortunately, the bands Juuk sent are prototypes and I had to send them back to Hong Kong.
But, fear not. While five of the original finishes (listed above) are sold out and in production for a June release, five new Vitero finishes are in production now and are available for preorder at the Cult of Mac Watch Store. Juuk will be shipping these the first week of February. But, hurry — these new Viteros will be in limited supply.
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.
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