Luxurious leather makes this Apple Watch band feel buttery-smooth [Review]

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Clessant Barenia Apple Watch band
Barenia leather, traditionally used for Hermès saddles, makes this Clessant band soft yet strong.
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Best List: Clessant Black Barenia Apple Watch Band

When it comes to fashion, it’s hard to beat basic black. However, sometimes you want a little something extra — a design that adds subtle interest without going over the top. The Clessant Black Barenia Apple Watch band does the trick, thanks to fine off-white stitching that looks almost like racing stripes.

Celebrate Memorial Day with huge Watch Store sale! [Watch Store]

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We've selected many of our best brands for this sale including Bucardo, Clessant, JUUK, Just Mobile and many more!
Photo: Ste Smith

Memorial Day weekend is no exception to the epic sales typically found on holiday weekends. In addition to a little R&R, why not spend a minute treating yourself to some great scores for Apple Watch?

Cult of Mac Watch Store’s Memorial Day Weekend Sale will offer 20 percent off the majority of our vendors. You’ll find great discounts on some of our most popular brands for Apple Watch straps, chargers and stands. Some of these vendors include: Bucardo, Juuk, Just Mobile, Strapple, Clessant and many more.

Sale ends next, so check out these stellar discounts while they last, and check out some of our featured brands below:

Cult of Mac Magazine: Music Memos app, Activating iOS Mail’s hidden folders, Huge Watch Store sale, and more!

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Your weekend reading is here! Check out Cult of Mac Magazine's latest issue for all the latest on Music Memos, screaming deals, monochromatic Mac setups, and more.
Your weekend reading is here! Check out Cult of Mac Magazine's latest issue for all the latest on Music Memos, screaming deals, monochromatic Mac setups, and more.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we show you how to use Apple’s Music Memos app to record your musical ideas as well as how to hook a guitar up to your iPhone and rock out.

Learn about Tekserve’s impressive Apple computer artifact collection which is now on display in a museum in the Ukraine —  at the headquarters of software developer MacPaw.

Check out Cult of Mac Watch Store’s first major sale on Apple Watch straps! Enjoy 20 percent off great brands including Meridio, Strapple, Nyloon and more!

Here are this week’s top stories.

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!

Apple Watch band rivals Hermès’ Double Tour at a fraction of the cost [Reviews]

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Hermès makes a sublime product, and its Apple Watch bands are no exception. I’d love one, but dropping $500-plus for a single wrist accessory isn’t happening in my lifetime.

Thankfully, the competition to wrap my wrist in premium leather is thriving with the recent launch of Apple Watch Series 2. Let’s take a look at a current favorite.

Welcome to the Cult of Mac Watch Store

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The Cult of Mac Watch Store is a curated collection of the finest Apple Watch accessories.
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The Cult of Mac Watch Store just opened for business, offering a carefully curated selection of Apple Watch accessories — just in time for all your holiday shopping needs.

Whether you’re looking for luxe leather and steel bands or clutter-killing stands, our shiny new online store showcases nothing but the best Apple Watch accessories. You’ll find quality goods that let you put your personal stamp on your Apple Watch, all at fair prices.

Go full chic with Ullu’s exotic skins for Apple Watch [Watch Store]

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Ullu exotic leather Apple Watch bands
Ullu offers a line of luxury Apple Watch bands in premium leathers that include stringray and ostrich. Its summer sale features 15 to 20 percent off all bands through the month of June.
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Apple Watch has a thing for style. Your wrist is the perfect spot for a subtle yet effective statement en la moda.

Apple-centric accessories brand ullu answers the call for tangible luxury with a line of fine-leather bands for Apple Watch. On some bands, the word fine understates what is actually exotic.

Peruse ullu’s collection of colorful, exotic bands in our Watch Store.