Apple Watch Gains New Band Colors in Sport, Sport Loop, Leather, and Stainless Steel

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Amid the reveal of the Apple Watch Series 4, today Apple refreshed its band lineup with new colors for Fall 2018. There is no major new Apple Watch band style this season, like the introduction of the Sport Loop and Woven Nylon following previous events, but there are quite a few new colors to match the new iPhone cases.


To start, there are three new Sport Band colors: Nectarine, Blue Horizon, and Lavender Gray. These join existing Sport Band colors like Stone, Midnight Blue, Pink Sand, White, Black, and (PRODUCT)Red. Sport Bands run for $49.00 in the United States. There are no new Nike Sport Bands being sold individually.


Next up, the Sport Loop has added five new colors: Cape Cod Blue, Nectarine, Hibiscus, Storm Gray, and Indigo. You can also still buy the Pink Sand, Seashell, and Black Sport Loops. These also sell for $49.00 on Apple.com.


In leather, the Modern Buckle has gained new Peony Pink, Forest Green, Cape Cod, and Ruby (PRODUCT)Red options, all available in 40mm case sizes only. The Leather Loop (44mm only) has received Forest Green and Cape Cod as well, and the existing Stone option remains available. All of these run for $149.00.


On the more expensive side of things, Hermès has four new bands. There are two new Double Tour options, in Indigo/Craie/Orange Swift Leather and Bordeaux/Rose Extrême/Rose Azalée Swift Leather. Both of these are color blocked and match exclusive watch faces found on Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès editions, and cost $489.00.

The other two new bands are the same colors in Single Tour, which runs for $339.00.


Lastly, there's just one new color in the stainless steel section of Apple's bands webpage: a new Gold Milanese Loop for $149.00. You can also still buy the Silver and Space Black Milanese Loop, and now the Space Black option is priced the same as all the others at $149.00.

All bands are now available to purchase on Apple.com.

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macduke

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You would think over the years Apple would have come up with some new stainless steel styles instead of different colors.
 

oneMadRssn

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They're calling the sizes 40mm and 44mm now. I assume the new 44mm size is compatible with my 42mm watch, right?

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oneMadRssn

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Yeah I was wondering that, what size do I order for my daughter’s 38mm S3?
I think you order the 40mm size. They didn't make this clear at all, but they're now measuring screen width (which honestly makes a ton more sense anyway). Before, they were measuring screen height, which was a silly thing to use to measure bands.
 

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I wish they would make Modern Buckles for 42/44mm, why must they assume women only wear 38/40. Or that guys would not use them. It's like how all the Pink Sands can be bought on any size.

You have to go 3rd-party to get a Modern Buckle knockoff at the largest size.

Saddle Brown is no more. That's a shame.
Hermes "saddle" brown is much better. Trust me.
 

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I think you order the 40mm size. They didn't make this clear at all, but they're now measuring screen width (which honestly makes a ton more sense anyway). Before, they were measuring screen height, which was a silly thing to use to measure bands.
They’re still measuring height, and (as previously) it’s the case that’s being measured (as is conventional for watches), not the screen itself.

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They're calling the sizes 40mm and 44mm now. I assume the new 44mm size is compatible with my 42mm watch, right?

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Yeah I was wondering that, what size do I order for my daughter’s 38mm S3?
They’ve added this note on compatibility:

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oneMadRssn

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They’re still measuring height, and (as previously) it’s the case that’s being measured (as is conventional for watches), not the screen itself.

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They’ve added this note on compatibility:

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I stand corrected, thank you.

So, for the band, width of the case matters, right?

The Series 1/2/3 widths are 33.3mm and 36.4mm respectively. (except ceramic which was .1/.2mm wider)
The Series 4 widths are 34mm and 38mm respectively.

So that not much wider, hence why the old bands probably work and look fine.

Apple should just stop naming the band sizes by mm and instead use something more universal like S and L, or N and W (narrow and wide). This way, if the height of a Series X watch changes again, but bands remain compatible, there aren't inconsistent measurements out there.
 

CarlJ

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Wtf happened to all the normal colors??? Is there really that big of a market for a green leather link band?

Why no more black?
You seem to be defining "normal" as "what Diatribe likes" - that may be convenient for you, but it's hardly universal or fitting with the definition of "normal" (oh, and Apple's link bands are steel, not leather, BTW). Looking at the various new offerings, one of the ones that got me particularly excited (which is not the same as buying, mind you, at least not yet) was the Forest Green Leather Loop. And I am neither a wild life enthusiast nor a hunter. It's gorgeous and subtle (better to go look at all of these using the 3/4 views on Apple's site, not these flat views - also, keep in mind this article is showing the new colors, not all the colors), and I've been waiting for a good dark green. I'd also like to see a really good purple (last year's "Ultraviolet" was nice, but was far too blue, rather than being an even mix of red and blue).

Apple offered a black Leather Loop for a long time (I bought one early on, it's fabulous) - if you wanted that, why didn't you buy it already? The colors come and go, that's how fashion is. And basic black is still well represented in the Sport Band, Sport Loop, Milanese, and Hermès lines, if you insist on black.
 

philipc121

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So that not much wider, hence why the old bands probably work and look fine.
I suspect so. Plus I've seen a lot of comments from those at the hand-on after the presentation that the case is a bit more rounded, so perhaps the area where the straps attach is essentially the same size?

Either way, it should be fine — some of the models in the hands on had the SS link bracelet on, which they don't even list on the current site strap — you have to click through to "previous season". My assumption from that is that even though that strap hasn't been updated for the S4, Apple is happy enough that it still fits properly to show it off in the demo area!
 

Diatribe

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You seem to be defining "normal" as "what Diatribe likes" - that may be convenient for you, but it's hardly universal or fitting with the definition of "normal" (oh, and Apple's link bands are steel, not leather, BTW). Looking at the various new offerings, one of the ones that got me particularly excited (which is not the same as buying, mind you, at least not yet) was the Forest Green Leather Loop. And I am neither a wild life enthusiast nor a hunter. It's gorgeous and subtle (better to go look at all of these using the 3/4 views on Apple's site, not these flat views - also, keep in mind this article is showing the new colors, not all the colors), and I've been waiting for a good dark green. I'd also like to see a really good purple (last year's "Ultraviolet" was nice, but was far too blue, rather than being an even mix of red and blue).

Apple offered a black Leather Loop for a long time (I bought one early on, it's fabulous) - if you wanted that, why didn't you buy it already? The colors come and go, that's how fashion is. And basic black is still well represented in the Sport Band, Sport Loop, Milanese, and Hermès lines, if you insist on black.
Normal as in what a good portion of watch bands usually have for a color. I’m all for Apple launching other colors to please people and my comment about the green one was definitely tongue-in-cheek but I was just baffled by the complete lack of basic color leather bands (affordable options). I know you can always buy third party, I would just think Apple offer something for the majority of tastes and like it or not, a vast majority likes black rather than green. I’m happy with my bands, I just think it’s an interesting business decision.
Oh, and they are all the colors, all others are gone from the shop.
 
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