Spot the difference: Apple Watch’s stunning straps look just like Marc Newson’s old ones

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Apple Watch's Milanese Loop strap is identical to that of the Ikepod Solaris.
Apple Watch's Milanese Loop strap is identical to that of the Ikepod Solaris.

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The Apple Watch looks far more elegant than the rectangular smartwatches we’ve already seen from competing companies, but we couldn’t help noticing that some of its straps look a little… familiar.

In fact, several of Apple’s new strap designs look almost identical to straps from luxury watchmaker Ikepod, which not so coincidentally used to be run by Marc Newson, an Australian industrial designer who recently became a part of Apple’s design team.

9 designs that show how insanely great Marc Newson will be at Apple

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We know he pals around with Apple design chief Jony Ive and that he's created some pretty amazing watches (and hourglasses) for Ikepod. And that the design world is buzzing about what he might do with the iWatch and other futuristic Apple devices.

Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1963, Newson spent much of his time abroad in Europe and Asia. As a child, he said he was

We know he pals around with Apple design chief Jony Ive and that he's created some pretty amazing watches (and hourglasses) for Ikepod. And that the design world is buzzing about what he might do with the iWatch and other futuristic Apple devices.

Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1963, Newson spent much of his time abroad in Europe and Asia. As a child, he said he was "entranced by the space-age utopia of The Jetsons, the early 1960s television cartoon about a family who zipped around in personal aerocars."

Want to know more? Of course you do. Here's a telling look at some of the most impressive designs in Newson's stunning portfolio.


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Here’s how Apple’s new star designer Marc Newson creates luxury watches

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Industrial Designer Marc Newson,
Industrial Designer Marc Newson,
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Apple just lured one of the top designers in the world onto the mothership, and it just so happens that he’s a genius at designing timepieces.

Marc Newson created the luxury watch company Ikepod in the mid-’90s, pushing out gorgeous timepieces with unique, simplified form factors and made from unconventional materials. It took other watchmakers years to catch up with his work. Newson hasn’t been involved with the company for more than two years, but he’s also dabbled in jewelry design, with a necklace based on fractal theory, as well as Atmos clocks bigger than a Mac Pro.

In a rare interview with Dezeen, Newson offers insight into his career of building time pieces, from sketching concepts in the ’80s to setting trends that watchmakers are still emulating today. This is the future of Apple design.

Check out the full interview below: