In my AW0 Milanese, the tab was a little annoying to lift up as it required a bit of force, and that amount of force needed to lift it up never changed over the year I wore AW0. But I did notice that the Loop needed daily adjustments to tighten it up after about 10 months of wearing it. So while the tab required the same amount of force to lift up (to take off AW), the tab would slide easier after 10 months. When I took my new Milanese AW2 out of the box the magnetic force was noticeable weaker. It was easy to lift up the magnetic tap to open up the Loop. I'll know more starting tomorrow as I wear my AW2 Milanese on a daily basis (just got it set up), but I hope it doesn't slide more easily. I don't want to be constantly adjusting it to make it tighter throughout the day. Anybody else notice the magnetic force is weaker on new AW2 Milanese Loops? I believe the black ring underneath the tab is there to make it easier for us to lift the tab by creating a thin layer of space??