Wood is the new leather for Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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Wood Mark's Teton Apple Watch band in Zebrawood
Wear a little of the outdoors on your wrist with Wood Mark's Teton Apple Watch band in Zebrawood.
Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

We can’t think of a more fitting band to wear for fall than one reflective of the great outdoors.

Nature is truly present in the Teton Apple Watch band in Zebrawood by Wood Mark Watches. The wood for this special band comes from a species of tree found and sourced in Central Africa. Known for its richly veined, zebra-like stripes and pale golden yellow wood, zebrawood is a beautifully exotic material.

Read on to learn a bit more about these unique bands for Apple Watch, and the many surprising benefits of wearing wood. Wood Mark’s entire lineup of wood bands is now available in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store.

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.
Photo: Rilee & Lo

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.

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.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

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.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

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.

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.

Apple Watch just got way more stylish [Review]

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We love the high quality of Bezel & Bytes' genuine leather Apple Watch bands with added bling. All hardware is stainless steel and nickel-free.
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Ladies, take note: Now’s the time to up your style game for fall with beautiful Apple Watch bands designed for women by women.

Transform your tech into a chic fashion accessory with Bezels & Bytes’ decidedly girlie collection of bling-accented bands that’ll take you seamlessly from work to play.

And, get a free pair of Triple Stud Earrings from Bezels & Bytes (a $25 value!) while supplies last when purchasing through Watch Store.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Why ARKit will be huge for Apple and more!

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ARKit is going to be massively important for Apple.
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Apple’s got no shortage of big launches coming in the next few weeks, but the one with the biggest long-term potential for Apple is ARKit. This is going to be massively important for Apple.

In this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine, you’ll find that story and more. Get the latest iPhone 8 keynote event predictions. And learn how to stop your iCloud and Apple ID from getting hacked. Save big in our Watch Store this Labor Day weekend! Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Twist-O-Flex Apple Watch band is a blast from the past [Watch Store]

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Photo: Speidel

Best List: Speidel’s Twist-O-Flex Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band

Vintage watch enthusiasts, take heed. The classic Speidel Twist-O-Flex watch band that was all the rage mid-century is now available for Apple Watch.

The twisty, stretchy stainless steel bands you remember dad wearing are now adapted for 21st-century smartwatch wearers.

We’re very excited to re-introduce this modern take on a classic favorite in our Watch Store.

Show your true stripes with these fun, fuzzy Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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The Cavallino Leather Band for Apple Watch in Stripey is calf's leather with hair remaining on the hide.
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Best List: Cavallino Leather Apple Watch Band by Meridio

Add some furry texture to your wrist with a stand-out strap from Meridio, makers of fine, Italian leather straps for Apple Watch.

We love Meridio bands for their craftsmanship and elegance, and the Cavallino Collection is no exception. See what makes these beautiful bands unique, and take 30 percent off the regular price in our Watch Store.

Sporty silicone Apple Watch strap will beat the elements [Watch Store]

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The strap’s face spans the width of the watch itself, projecting a rugged yet sharp presence with its smooth chamfers and intricate crosshatch surface.
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Best List: Nomad Sport Strap for Apple Watch

Nomad, maker of minimalist, practical accessories for Apple Watch and iPhone, just dropped its slick, new Sport Strap. At $50, it’s a cool alternative to the similarly priced Nike Sport Bands by Apple.

With the intention of creating a silicone strap designed to “withstand the stresses of all forms of sport and exercise,” Nomad has succeeded — the Sport Strap is a strong, lightweight, sweat- and water-resistant band that is also-super comfortable on the wrist.

Read on to learn more, and check it out in our Watch Store.