Leather Mat/Pad like Apple uses for Watch try-on

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by pento, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. pento macrumors member

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    Hey All,

    Does anyone have any suggestions on where to buy a nice leather mat/pad sort of like what Apple uses for the Watch try-on appointments? I'd like to lay something like that on my bed side table to set down not only my watch, but also my phone.

    The only one I've really come across so far is the one from Waterfield, but I think it's a bit smaller than I'd like, and it doesn't seem to be real soft like Apple's blue mat.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Horribly overpriced is what I think.
     
  4. ericrall macrumors newbie

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    Haha I know, what should it cost? do you like it?
     
  5. pento thread starter macrumors member

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    Personally, I'm looking for something more rectangular shaped, larger, and simpler. I'd like to be able to lay out my Apple Watch, my iPhone 6+, and perhaps a few other odds and ends. Also, I'd like a leather that is very soft touch - perhaps a suede leather.
     
  6. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    It's a cool idea, and for $15 or under I would probably get it just as a novelty item. But there are a few things that could use improvement:

    1. For the $70 cost, this should be a premium leather like Horween shell cordovan or something of that nature. This just looks like a very basic leather, although the burned effect looks cool in some places (slightly sloppy in others like around the charger cutout).

    2. The mat has no utility given that the watch is sitting on top of the charger (the leather is recessed), and the leather is not large enough to protect the ends of the watch band (the metal buckle, or the pin on the sport band, or other metals for other bands). So it's basically there just for aesthetics. I think it is nice looking, and the laser engraving is cool. But not $70 cool. It's basically $70 for a circle cut of leather with a hole in the middle. The only thing that may justify it is the custom laser engraving, but not $50+ worth imo.

    Of course these are all just my personal opinions. No disrespect to the creator. I love it when people come up with ideas like this and actually execute. Things I do like:

    Laser engraving, novelty, aesthetics, entrepreneurial spirit.

    I think he should probably make the mat larger to cover all of the watch (including the strap ends). Maybe add in some stitching or something else that could justify the cost. It's a nice start, but in its current iteration, it just isn't worth it for me personally.
     
  7. soya macrumors 6502

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    I totally agree.. At that price I could buy an aluminum machined stand. 15$ is a better price.

    One version without the puck hole would be great too as this design doesn't work with Link Bracelet
     
  8. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    Can make one for a fiver :p
     
  9. Arran macrumors 68040

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    But why? :)
     
  10. steve.dix macrumors newbie

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    What about something like this? One I made earlier... FullSizeRender.jpg FullSizeRender.jpg
     

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  12. steve.dix macrumors newbie

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    haha, it is indeed. Brand new £4 on eBay. Couldn't say no and color matches the instore mats
     
  13. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    So buying something on ebay=making it?
     
  14. steve.dix macrumors newbie

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    Well you have to cut out the hinge and magnets
     
  15. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    fair enough
     
  16. pento thread starter macrumors member

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    This is actually a great idea. The purist in me hates it, but as an interim solution I'm using an old iPad Smart Cover now as well. Thanks for the tip!
     
  17. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    I personally love the personalization. I think the price is a bit steep, but I've favorited it on Etsy with plans to order one at some point.
     
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    Find a bovine whose skin is worthy of exalting the grandeur of this sacred objet d'art and slaughter it, tanning it till the supple skin is made whole enough to complete its sacred duty.

    Only then will Jobs send you a digital touch from the spirit world.
     
  20. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    In a bizzaro world, Apple actually uses this as a marketing angle. Buy a watch/phone/etc, and get messages from Steve Jobs on holidays and such.
     
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