Modern buckle...what are your thoughts?

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  1. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    I like the look of the modern buckle. That said, I can't sort out out which color would be best for everyday (office and casual) wear or how this band may work from a sizing/snugness of fit perspective. I wonder how much the leather may eventually stretch.

    If the watch didn't need to be held flush against the skin, this wouldn't be a concern.

    Any thoughts re: best color and continued snugness of fit?
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I like the look of it as well. I'd have to try it on before I purchased it.
     
  3. tgara macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, the OP should try them on first.

    One problem though. I really like the Modern Buckle, but as far as I can tell, it is only available with the 38mm models in SS or gold.
     
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    I like the look of the modern buckle but only available on the 38mm and from what I hear from others is a more feminine band. So not too sure now if I would buy it.
     
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Depending on your skin tone, either black, midnight blue, or brown would work in an office setting. Black or midnight blue would be more traditional colors, though women do have more flexibility. Brown and black would go better with olive complexions, and midnight blue would go better with paler complexions. There's a reason Christy Turlington has the blue one. :)

    My guess is that this fairly thick leather, and unlike a classic buckle it won't stretch as much as the force is spread out over a wider area, as opposed to a single touch point as with a classic buckle.
     
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    The fact that the modern buckle only comes in 38mm leads me to believe it is intended more to be a woman's band. A bit too feminine for my taste.
     
  7. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah... I'm going with SS. I was leaning toward the black or the midnight blue.

    I think I can preorder it in medium and then, if it's too large, I can go for a small. My wrists aren't wide, but they're not tiny, either. I picture the small being for women with extremely dainty wrists.

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    That's a very good assessment!

    I like the idea of the brown, but I had the original lighter brown iPhone case (the one that came out with the 5s) and it looked filthy very quickly.

    I realize these are higher-quality leather, but that brown one is kind of pale.

    The black and the navy both seem like they'd go with most anything, but I hadn't considered the fact that navy really does look best with fair skin. I have fair skin, but I do tan easily, so even with sunscreen, I get a little darker in summer.

    I might just go with the black.

    Thanks for the insight!
     
  8. gcooldude86 macrumors 6502

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    So you don't find the black and midnight blue to be feminine bands? I've been torn since September, I like the look of it but have been told its more a ladies band, especially since its on the smaller watch.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    It's not so much the color but the quite large, rounded clasp that is quite feminine. If the photo below doesn't change your mind, I guess nothing will.

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  10. Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    The Modern Buckle strikes me as the most bold fashion statement out of all of the band types. That may be good or bad depending on your taste.
     
  11. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I was assuming that Bunnicula would be the handle for a woman.
     
  12. Omega1300 macrumors member

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    I don't know why everyone is so concerned about if others think a watch band is "feminine" or not. If you like, get it. Wear it with confidence and no one will question it - aside from compliments.
     
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    There's a big difference between wearing/carrying an otherwise unisex item like the Milanese Loop or a white iPhone and decidedly feminine items like the Modern Buckle, a skirt, high heels, etc. and no one questioning you if you're a male.
     
  14. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well, I am a woman, so I'm good with them being feminine. I do agree with you. They look more feminine than the classic buckle.
     
  15. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You were assuming correctly. :)
     
  16. whtrbt7 macrumors 6502a

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    They need to have black alligator with modern buckle. That would be awesome.
     
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    I'd assume it has to be snug for the heart rate sensor to work and for it to "know" that it's always in contact with your wrist. Maybe not. We won't know those things until it's out in the wild.

    My wife is going with the brown modern buckle just because it goes with more of her clothes/accessories. The blue was her second option. In the September unveiling it looked like one of them was white, which she liked, but that is now "soft pink" and she doesn't like that as much.
     
  18. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I considered that point as well, Patriot.

    I think what I like most about it, is that if I'm going to wear it daily, I need for it to look more like a fashion accessory than a utility style of watch. I tend not to like the look of a watch on my wrist when I'm wearing, say, a dress out to dinner because it just doesn't quite look feminine enough unless it's a metal band watch with a band that looks feminine. Neither of the SS bands looks particularly feminine. The Milanese loop is more of a unisex deal and the Link is more than I want to pay for one of these and leans decidedly in a masculine direction.

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    Hey! I remember you from the other thread. I really do like the brown and the brown or black would probably go best with most of my clothes.

    I also like the midnight blue, but don't really like the blue band with the black crown on the watch. Weird, I know.

    I like that pink band and I don't like pink at all. Maybe it seems like, on my wrist, it would be close to flesh tone. That could be an advantage, but I do think I'd just get it dirty. I like the gray pink on the rose gold Edition better. I wish they had that and the red in the modern buckle for the SS watches. I see no need for an elite watchband color. LOL.

    I think I'll just order one. If I see the bands in store and like another better, I can swap it out.

    I will also wind up getting a black sport band, maybe... Or I could wait to see if there are any 3rd party bands if I want to be really casual.

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    I would absolutely buy that.

    :)
     
  19. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Oooh, alligator. Red! That would be sharp.

    Bunnicula (love the name, by the way), I think a lot depends on how you usually dress. Personally, I wear a lot of black, so that would always be a good color for me.
     
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    Red Alligator would look amazing with the SS. That alone would get my husband to want it because he loves alligator. I'm afraid of what THAT one would cost. I do not think the Modern is really any more feminine than a regular buckle, especially in black. It is just a style thing. I think if they did that in 42mm black they would sell a ton of them.
     
  22. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks! Yeah. I admit to a lot of black in my wardrobe as well. That's how I'm leaning. I would buy red alligator, though.

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    Good point. I think the buckle is basic enough that it would look masculine on a guy, especially in the larger strap size. Perhaps not on a guy who was more androgynous looking, but any other man? Absolutely.
     
  23. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    They could have made the Modern Buckle more gender neutral but didn't. In fact, the style of the rather large clasp pictured below is found on many women's accessories (purses, bracelets, etc.). Hence why it's only available in 38mm and covers the full range of women's wrists but only half of men's wrists. Not to mention that the three decidedly feminine colors (pink, bright red and rose gray) are found on this strap.

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  24. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    There are some men's belt buckles that are similar. I guess they could have squared the corners a bit more, though.
     
  25. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    They're not large clasps relative to the belt though, but yes, they could have squared the corners a bit more and reduced the size a bit. That definitely would have made it more gender neutral. Not sure why they didn't do this (more sales if available in both sizes).
     

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