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The Best Luxury Bands for Apple Watches

Dress up your new Apple Watch with a range of stylish straps from brands like Hermès, Coach, and Shinola.
IMAGE COURTESY APPLE, AMAZON, & COACH
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Apple recently debuted the Apple Watch Series 5, and for the first time, customers can customize their case and band combinations through Apple Watch Studio. Want a white ceramic case with a space-black Milanese Loop, for example? How about a lemon cream sport band with a stainless steel case? No problem. It's a sign of how important bands have become to the watches and how much Apple understands how much its customers value personalization.

The latest Apple Watch features an always-on retina display, so users can check the time without needing to raise their wrists or tap the display. It also includes new location features like a built-in compass app, which shows bearings, elevation, incline, and coordinates. Also new on Apple Watch Series 5 models with cellular data plans activated is international emergency calling—customers can call emergency services directly from the watch in more than 150 countries just by pushing and holding the side button. The cases also come in a wider range of materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, ceramic, and all-new titanium.

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Combined with the power of the newly released watchOS 6—which will be available for all models of the Apple Watch later this year—the Apple Watch Series 5 is a mighty smartwatch that provides useful fitness data, health monitoring, and daily reminders. Make it truly your own by personalizing it with one of these luxury watch bands.

Encre/Béton Swift Leather Double Tour Band

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SHOP NOW: Apple Watch Hermès, apple.com, $489.00

Handmade in France, the extra-long Double Tour features a Della Cavalleria print and wraps twice around the wrist for an elegant look.  

Cognac Alligator Strap

SHOP NOW: Shinola, shinola.com, $255.00

Genuine alligator is a seriously luxurious material, which makes this band from the Detroit-based brand Shinola stand out from the pack. 

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Watch Strap with Charms

SHOP NOW: Coach, coach.com, $150.00

Take the customization even one step further with this Apple Watch band that comes with a charm. 

Aubergine Modern Buckle

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SHOP NOW: Apple, apple.com, $149.00

The Granada leather band is made at a French tannery that was established in 1803. The artful two-piece buckle is joined by a magnetic closure that's a joy to snap together.

Milanese Loop

SHOP NOW: Apple, apple.com, $99.00

Apple introduced the stainless-steel mesh Milanese Loop when it unveiled the first Apple Watch in 2014. It's a modern interpretation of a watchband that was developed in Milan at the end of the 19th century. 

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Leather Band

SHOP NOW: Mkeke, amazon.com, $12.99

An affordable leather band that's compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 through 4, this Mkeke strap is a stylish option at an unbeatable price.

Leather Band

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SHOP NOW: WFEAGLamazon.com, $49.99 $18.99 (62% off)

This WFGEAL leather band is another inexpensive option sold on Amazon. Plus, it comes in more than 40 color combinations. 

Silicone Strap

SHOP NOW: Kate Spade New York, nordstrom.com, $68.00

Available in six colors, this strap features a scalloped edge that gives it a feminine elegance. 

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Croc-Embossed Leather Strap

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Minkoff, nordstrom.com, $49.00

This croc-embossed leather strap will give your watch a sophisticated look.

Striped Silicone Strap

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SHOP NOW: Kate Spade New York, bloomingdales.com, $58.00

This whimsical design from Kate Spade brings a pop of color to your wrist.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

<>*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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