Thoughts on the leather bands

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Nicolecat, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a

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    Is anyone worried about the leather on the watch straps separating?

    I've had issues with my apple ipad mini smart cover separating...and that's something that's been in the back of my mind while trying to decide if I want a leather band...or an apple watch at all. Leather quality means nothing to me if it's just going to separate from use.

    Monday's announcement and following reviews will really tell all for me.
     
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    It won't be just any cheap leather:

    Modern Buckle: "A small French tannery established in 1803 produces the supple Granada leather for this elegant band...."

    Leather Loop: "The Venezia leather for this band is handcrafted in Arzignano, Italy...."

    Classic Buckle: "From the renowned ECCO tannery in the Netherlands, the Dutch leather used for this band is milled to give the grain a subtle, distinctive texture...."
     
  3. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    I would bet it would be a little more durable. If I remember correctly, in the Apple Watch video at the keynote, they said the leather was more "sport" type, so it should be more durable.
     
  4. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    I love the look of the leather loop but I'm concerned about its durability.

    The part of the strap that slides into the watch body looks to be leather, that's my main concern. Depending on how tight around your wrist the watch is, I could see some deformation for sure.

    I'm sure Apple have thought about it though!
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    No way to tell if leather will separate until you use it for a while. It hasn't happened with any of my Apple leather cases, but I suppose there could be a bad one here and there. I'm not that bothered, because Apple stands by its products. If I get a Apple leather watch band and it separates, I'm confident I can walk into an Apple Store and get a replacement immediately.
     
  6. troop231 macrumors 603

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    As long as it's nothing like the leather they use on the iPhone cases, it should be much better lol.
     
  7. Nicolecat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hope they've thought of this, and with all the new hires well versed in the field of wearables...I would hope it to not be an issue.
    I guess we'll see.
    Their foray into this side of things is definitely causing a wide array of excitement.
     
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Let's be honest though, the marketing team has gone to town describing the straps. I highly doubt that where it's made is going to have a huge effect. You can apply that kind of marketing speak to anything. Of course, they can't outright lie, but these things are still going to sell in the millions, so it's not going to be made by three people in some rural French gîte.

    Apple don't have a great history with leather - the iPhone 5s and 6 cases discolour very quickly, leather smart covers often peel apart, iPod cases were vastly overpriced and wore quickly, etc.

    I hope these bands are much better.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    We'll find out on Monday. If even the leather bands are crazy expensive, we'll know why. Otherwise, they're marketing speak.
     
  10. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    I get the feeling Jony and team have more sensitivity to Watch than iPhone and iPad cases. I think the latter things they do because they have no choice and accessories are good moneymakers. My guess is we won't be worrying about quality with Watch. But I think prices will reflect that.
     
  11. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    Apple is putting out a fashionable most likely expensive AppleWatch. With that in mind I don't think you have to worry about cheap leather
     
  12. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    The leather on the cases is pathetically thin and glued to a cardboard like backing. I hope the watch bands are not the same leather stitched or glued to fabric. The one that slips directly in the watch is obviously not completely leather.
     
  13. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Apparently that's Tanneries Roux, which is owned by the luxury brand LVMH (who also owns TAG Heuer and Hublot). They supply the major watch brands with straps.

    There are several good tanneries in Arzignano.

    ECCO supplies leather goods for fashion houses, automobiles, etc.
     
  14. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It won't be. The cases are cheap accessories to protect expensive phones. The watch is intended to be a fashion item. As KDarling points out, they are sourcing from the same places that luxury manufacturers and auto manufacturers get their leather. Even "good" leather bands need to be replaced after 2 years or so, so expect the Apple Watch bands to be the same.
     
  15. troop231 macrumors 603

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    I know, was simply stating :)
     
  16. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    Apple doesn't think the phone cases are cheap. Can we really trust anything that comes from their marketing hyperbole?

    "These Apple-designed cases are made from premium leather for a luxurious feel. Because they’re precision crafted for iPhone 6, the case fits snugly and your phone still feels incredibly slim even with the case on. The soft microfiber lining on the inside helps protect your iPhone. And on the outside, you see color that’s more than surface deep, thanks to a dye that’s infused into the leather. Choose from five complementary colors."
     
  17. extricated macrumors 6502

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    Totally agree. One of my favorite quotes from Jony's latest interview expressed his team's "sensitivity":

     
  18. KPOM macrumors G5

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    They sell them for $49, or $10 more than what they sell the silicone ones for. That's cheap by Apple standards. Expect the leather straps to be at least $100, and likely more, based on the prices of similar leather straps for watches on mid-range brands like Movado, Omega, and Tissot.
     
  19. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    I get that. But don't call just an average case premium and luxurious when it really isn't. Then they really shoot for the moon with the descriptions of the watch accessories. It's meaningless. They may be great but I can't count on what I'm reading and just need to see them first hand and how they wear.
     
  20. KenAFSPC macrumors 6502a

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    No one else is going to be able to tell whether you are wearing a $100 Apple leather band or a $5 third-party leather band.
     
  21. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Since it has a unique, likely patented connector, it may not be possible to get a cheap leather band (though even those tend to be closer to $20). If you have a Movado or a Tissot you can put a standard third party band if you want, or you can get an official band for about $100-$150. The leather is higher grade, though most of the price is typical jewelry/clothing markup.
     
  22. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    Most likely have to be seen. Not a standard off the shelf item
     
  23. bushido Suspended

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    exactly. i expect "original fake" bands on aliexpress and alike by the end of the week just like u can get an "original" smartcase for 9€ instead of 69€
     

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