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Apple's watchOS 9 update introduces several new watch face options, including Lunar, Playtime, Metropolitan, and Astronomy, in addition to revamping several of the existing watch faces.

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Lunar depicts the relationship between the Gregorian calendar and the lunar calendar that is used in cultures that include Chinese, Islamic, and Hebrew. You can use up to four complications with this watch face.

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Playtime is a fun, dynamic Apple Watch face featuring animated numbers, with the face designed in collaboration with artist Joi Fulton. Rotating the Digital Crown changes the background by animating the confetti, and the characters react if you tap on them. You can choose to have a confetti background or a solid background, but there are no complications.

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Metropolitan is a classic Apple Watch that changes style when the Digital crown is turned. Custom-designed numbers change in style and weight, and rotate to become pills when the wrist is down. Up to four complications can be added with the circular dial, and the colors are customizable.

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Astronomy is actually a revamped version of the original Astronomy watch face, but it has been remastered and includes a new star map and current cloud data based on your location. You can set the Earth, Moon, or Solar System as the main view, and customize font. It supports two complications, and turning the Digital Crown lets you fast forward or rewind to see the moon phase/planet location on another day.

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As for existing watch faces, watchOS 9 adds enhanced and modernized complications, along with some design updates. The Portraits face has a depth effect on more photos, including cats, dogs, and landscapes, and Chinese scripts have been added to the California and Typograph watch faces.

watchOS 9 is available on the Apple Watch series 4 and later, and it does exclude the Apple Watch Series 3.

Article Link: Here Are the New Watch Faces in watchOS 9
 

Rychiar

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I just want new fonts for the photo face which I use to make my own faces anyways. Copy the iPhone lock screens styles
 

AndiG

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Stupid new watch faces, just focussed on design and marketing. Apple needs to open watch faces to developers, but it failed again.
Developers could build stunning new watchfaces or integrate important data like glucose values from a sensor - no matter if Apple has one.
 
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matrix07

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Lunar will be one of my go-to, together with Geneva Moon complications of course.
 

BeatCrazy

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Still no new faces that support 8 complications? I've been rocking Infograph for nearly 3 years. A change would be nice if any other face could support 6 or 8 complications. Maybe I've missed something.
 

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I swear if they didn't finally enable use of the sunrise/sunset complication on the newer versions of the modular face I'm going to lose it
 
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teh_hunterer

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Metropolitan looks a lot like the Hermes "Circulaire"watch face. It's nice that the regular Apple Watch will have a watch face that looks more professional (than the current mostly kid's toy watch faces).
 
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and it does exclude the Apple Watch Series 3.
I'm sorry, what?! I just checked, they are still selling the S3. Apple's claim-to-fame is how long they support their products, how will it look when some non-techy buys the S3 and realizes it's incapable of running current software?
 
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kanichol

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Anyone know if any of these watch faces are exclusive to the Apple Watch series 7, or will they all work with the series 4-6?
 
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abhibeckert

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They added a digital seconds complication in watchOS 8 (only took them six years to do it. Lol). See attached image - bottom right complication is digital seconds.
I know, I've tried it but having it as a complication is crap especially when you need to know the time accurate to the second. So even though I'm wearing an Apple Watch I just run a clock app on my phone instead.

I'm not willing to install the beta beta 1 on my watch to check if anything has improved, but if they have then I'll install it for sure.
 
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mavis

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I know, I've tried it but having it as a complication is crap especially when you need to know the time accurate to the second. So even though I'm wearing an Apple Watch I just run a clock app on my phone instead.

I'm not willing to install the beta beta 1 on my watch to check if anything has improved, but if they have then I'll install it for sure.
Sorry, but why doesn't it work for you as a complication? And what would you like to see changed, to make it better? I mean, the fact that it disappears in AOD mode sucks, but I suppose that's one of the compromises an Apple Watch owner has to live with, for the time being.
 

xDKP

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Metropolitan looks beautiful, but that means only one new face that's reasonably sophisticated? And I know that sounds snobbish -- I don't mean it to and I like fun faces every once in awhile, but I can't imagine there isn't strong interest in more elegant faces.

My thought as well - while Mickey and dancing numbers are fun, I just like my watch to look a little more sophisticated and they really could use some more of that
 
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