Introduction to the Apple Watch Straps and Bands
The Apple Watch is without doubt one of the best smartwatches around, it's stylish, functional, and as Tim Cook noted on stage, "It's the most personal product we've ever made." You can customise the Watch with different faces, and even more thrillingly, swap straps (or 'bands', as Apple calls them).
But where is the fun in buying the limited number of straps Apple offer? Don't worry, T3 is here, with a stylish selection of alternative watch straps, some are cheaper, some are more expensive, but all look suitably stylish and chic. From the cheap and cheerful Forepin to the rugged Supcase, we’ve got all sizes and styles covered, so you’ll look the part, without having to hand Apple yet more of your hard-earned cash.
Ullu Alligator Leather Strap
If you're looking for a luxurious watch strap, you should definitely check out Ullu. The company specialises in making handcrafted leather goods, and their Apple Watch straps are gorgeous. There are a tonne of combinations available, including alligator, stingray, ostrich, and premium leather, all in a multitude of colour options. Of course, if you've bought the entry level Apple Watch, some of these straps will end up costing the same amount.
Price: $99 - $399 | Ullu
Case-Mate Turnlock Strap with Charm
Case-Mate offers an excellent range of well designed and different Apple Watch straps, but we'd go with the Turnlock Strap, which turns your Watch into a chunky statement piece. It's made from flexible elastomer and comes with a signature charm. Check out Case-Mates other straps here.
Price: £24.99 | Case-Mate
JETech Milanese Loop
The JETech Milanese Loop is one attractive watch strap. It's made from stainless steel mesh, making it a durable yet elegant addition to your device. Included with the strap is an adapter to attach it to your device, which, ya'know, always comes in handy. Also, the adjustable clasp means it will fit any wrist size, what’s not to love?
Price: £39.99 | Amazon
HOCO Stainless Steel Strap
Instead of Apple's Stainless Steel Link which costs £379, this replica costs just under £30. You can run to the Apple Store and buy a spare Watch with the saving you just made. No, you won't get exactly the same quality, obviously, but looks wise, they're very similar. Manufactured from stainless steel, this strap also comes in, "Exquisite Retail Packaging", apparently.
Price: £28.99 | Amazon
If you're after something a little less formal and want a strap that sits comfortably on your wrist, look no further than the Monowear Nylon. Available in a variety of colours, from fluorescent pink to turquoise blue, this strap is ideal for weekend wear. Perfect for fans of NATO straps.
Price: around £30 | Monowear
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro
If it's ruggedness you're after, the unusually titled Supcase "Unicorn Beetle Pro" is for you. Clearly a strap for those who put their Apple Watch through extreme scenarios, this has a hard polycarbonate surround which provides plenty of protection to your precious Watch.
Price: £12.98 | Amazon
Jisoncase Vintage Genuine Leather Strap
Like the look of the special edition Hermés Apple Watches, but don't want to shell out the extra dough? This looks similar, but it's much cheaper, obvs.
Price: £22.90 | Amazon
JETech Genuine Leather Loop
The JETech Genuine Leather Loop Band will compliment any outfit perfectly with a sleek and sophisticated design. It comes in a variety of colours, from classic black to red. Whichever you pick, it’ll look good (probably).
Price: £39.99 | Amazon
With Casetify, you can make the Apple Watch even more personal, by designing your own Watch strap. Download Casetify's app, choose photos from Facebook, Instagram or Casetify’s own collection of whacky designs, input size specifications, and you'll get your strap in the post. We especially like Caseify's new range of officially licenced Looney Toon straps.
Price: from £44 | Caseify
Click Apple Watch Strap Adapter
Click is an adapter that you slide into your Apple Watch, allowing you to add any regular strap from an old-school, mechanical time-keeping device. The customisation opportunities have just become endless. Click is the first company to offer this adaptor, and it offers a number of material options to match your Apple Watch.
Price: £23 | Click
The Reserve Strap adds more than 30 hours of battery life to your smart timepiece, almost doubling the device's quoted battery life. Next time you're out for a run, the Watch won’t conk out half way through. When both Reserve Strap AND Watch eventually run flat, you can charge both at once, with a standard microUSB - no faffing with multiple chargers here!
You can buy one now, but you'll have to wait until early 2016 for orders to start arriving.
Price: $249 | Reserve Strap
Baseus Leather Strap
Sometimes a timeless, leather strap is all you need. The Baseus genuine leather strap is so simple there's not much to say about it, although, you will also need an adapter, such as the Click, above.
Price: £19.99 | Mobile Fun
Forepin Silicone Band
Want Apple's cheapest Sport band but don't fancy shelling out £39 for one? The Forepin is almost identical, but made from cheaper materials.
Price: £8.85 | Amazon