These Apple Watch bands fuse tech and style brilliantly [Watch Store]

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Choose the correct size and this Rilee & Lo's stainless-steel band slips on and off your wrist seamlessly and fits like a proverbial glove.
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Fusing tech and fashion is the cornerstone of Rilee & Lo — makers of highly stylish stainless steel bands for Apple Watch. Patent-pending for a reason, these bands fit perfectly and come in a range of beautiful finishes.

Johanna Ferguson founded Rilee & Lo to fill the style deficit she encountered with the strap accompanying her first Apple Watch in 2015. Armed with 14 years at Google and a decade of jewelry-making experience, Ferguson moved to design a band that could go seamlessly from day to night in high style.

She’s succeeded, and we’re excited to feature Rilee & Lo’s stunning bands in our Watch Store.

Wrap your Series 3 in Italian leather with Meridio’s Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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Bands in Meridio's Vintage Collection are made from supple and elastic Nappa calf's leather that is meticulously tanned and cut. Shown here in Arctic Night.
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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 Meridio’s Vintage Collection bands for Apple Watch.

These are beautifully made bands. And, we have the entire Vintage Collection on view in Watch Store.

Best Apple Watch chargers and stands for Series 3

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Power up your Apple Watch Series 3 in style with our top picks for best chargers and stands.
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From pocket-size, portable chargers to sleek, modernist stands and power stations, Cult of Mac has your Apple Watch Series 3 charging needs covered.

We’ve rounded up our favorite stands and docks for Apple Watch Series 3 from some of the best brands on the market — Nomad, Zens, Kanex, Just Mobile and more. Plus, a number of our picks will power up your iPhone at the same time as Series 3. Whether you’re on holiday, on the go, at work or at home, we’ve got a charging solution to fit your needs. Check out our lineup below.

What we love (and don’t) about the Apple TV 4K, plus our favorite minimalist iPhone 8 cases on The CultCast

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The 4K Apple TV is even better than we thought.
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This week on The CultCast: A company unlike any other, some say Steve Job’s greatest product was Apple itself. But how has it fared in the six years since his passing? We’ll share the cold, hard facts. Plus: What we love (and don’t) about the Apple TV 4K; an iOS 11 software trick doubles your iPhone storage; and we’ll wrap up our favorite minimalist cases for your iPhone 7, 8 and X.

Our thanks to Squarespace for supporting this episode. It’s simple to accept Apple Pay and sell your wares with your very own Squarespace.com website. Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10 percent off any hosting plan.

Outfit your Series 3 with a ballistic nylon NATO band [Review]

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Nyloon's Elysee Nylon Band for Apple Watch in navy, white and red has a comfortable, fabric-like feel.
Nyloon's Elysee Nylon Apple Watch Strap in navy, white and red has a comfortable, fabric-like feel.
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Breathe new life into your existing Apple Watch or customize your new Series 3 with a cool, contemporary nylon band inspired by the original NATO strap of the 1970s. Best yet, these bands compare in quality to Apple’s nylon offering, and cost ten bucks less.

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 sporty, versatile and easily interchangeable nylon bands that sell fast.

Check out Watch Store’s full lineup of Nylon bands for Apple Watch, and read on to learn more about Nyloon’s must-have strap.

Best List: The iconic Speidel Twist-O-Flex bracelet for Apple Watch [Review]

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Speidel's classic Twist-O-Flex bracelet is now available for Apple Watch.
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Best List: Speidel Twist-O-Flex stainless steel Apple Watch band

My grandfather, who fought in World War II, wore a beautiful mechanical watch. It had an eye-catching expansion band — a stainless steel link bracelet that stretched like elastic. He always took it off to play cricket, and I remember it dangled loosely around my skinny kid’s wrist when I tried it on. He loved that watch, and so did I.

Now I’m wearing a similar expansion bracelet on my Apple Watch courtesy of Speidel, the storied watch-band maker from Providence, Rhode Island. Introduced in the late 1950s, Speidel’s Twist-O-Flex Stainless bracelets are some of the most iconic bands in all of watchmaking. Now they’re available in three finishes for the Apple Watch.

Best Apple Watch Series 3 bands

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Our top 10 Apple Watch bands for Series 3 include Nomad's Sport Strap in Black & Slate, Casetify's Nylon Fabric Band in Stripe Black, and Rilee & Lo's Silver Band.
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Today’s the day to order an Apple Watch Series 3, unveiled at Apple’s keynote in Cupertino last week. And, we’ve got the must-have bands to outfit it.

Whether you embark on the Series 3 or just want to up the ante of your current Apple Watch, Cult of Mac has rounded up the top 10 bands to do just that. These are some of Watch Store’s best-selling bands for Apple Watch — bands we personally love and recommend for their quality, craftsmanship and style.

All of the newest bands and many more from each brand are available in our Watch Store. Read on and check out our must-haves.

Juuk’s aluminum Apple Watch band goes rose gold [Watch Store]

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Brand-new to Juuk’s Ligero lineup is the Apple Watch band in Rose Gold.
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Juuk’s Rainbow Ligero Apple Watch band is very popular with Cult of Mac readers. The limited-edition aluminum Apple Watch band flew off the virtual shelves of our Watch Store for its striking colors and quality engineering.

The entire Ligero collection also made last week’s top 10 best Apple Watch Series 3 bands. It’s time to introduce the latest must-have finish: Rose Gold.

This band joins a lineup of 10 vibrant colors. Have a look at the Rose Gold, and check out the entire Ligero collection in our Watch Store.

Casetify’s nylon Apple Watch bands hit all the marks [Watch Store]

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These fabric-like, breathable nylon Apple Watch nylon bands from Casetify are scratch-resistant and sweat-proof.
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Nylon bands for Apple Watch are in high demand for their comfort and versatility. Add in great engineering and style, and you’ve got the ideal strap to fit your everyday needs.

Enter Casetify, a company that believes in being radically unique, creating beautifully designed, made-to-order products that are hand-inspected from beginning to end.

The company recently launched its line of Nylon Fabric Bands for Apple Watch, and we’re now featuring them all in our Watch Store. A great value at $40!

Trade in your old Apple Watch. We pay the highest prices

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Cult of Mac will buy your old Apple Watch, and we pay top dollar.
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If you just got a new Apple Watch Series 3 (or are about to), you should think about trading in your old watch.

Cult of Mac has a popular gadget buyback program that pays more for used Apple Watches than competing trade-in services, and it’s a lot easier and safer than Craigslist or eBay.