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Apple Introduces Haute Couture to High Tech

The watchband makes all the difference
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Apple Introduces Haute Couture to High Tech© 2017 Gizmodo

Alongside the new gold and rose gold aluminum versions of the Watch, the Hermes straps give a distinguished look to the already iconic smartwatch.

It would seem that the world envisioned in the movie Elysium is seriously close at hand, literally. Those high-tech medical pods with luxury branding on them (the Versace one) seems to ring closely to Apple’s new collaboration with Hermes with the Apple Watch.

Yup. Watch bands may have been at the bottom of the list of priorities in the just-concluded Apple event, but that does not stop the high fashion house from making its mark among the techies. Alongside the new gold and rose gold aluminum versions of the Watch, the Hermes straps give a distinguished look to the already iconic smartwatch.

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There are three watch straps: the Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff. The Single Tour for the 38mm Watch comes in a selection of fauve Barenia, noir box and capucine Swift leather. For the larger 42mm version, the Single Tour is available in just the fauve Barenia leather and noir box leather options.

The Double Tour is distinctly Hermes. It wraps around the wrist twice and, honestly, does give the Watch a completely different look. It is available for the 38mm version in four colors: fauve, étain, capucine, and bleu jean. Lastly, the Cuff. It can only pair with the 42mm versions and has a manlier appeal than the Tour series. It comes in signature fauve Barenia leather.

The Apple Watch Hermes has three customizable watch faces and three typefaces. It also has three numerical displays and three complications, the horologist term for features: stopwatch, date, and world clock.

There are three watch straps: the Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff.

Prices are definitely steep but will be available by October 5. The Apple Watch Hermes starts at £1,000 for the 38mm stainless steel case with the Single Tour; £1,050 for the 42mm stainless steel case with the Single Tour; £1,150 for the 38mm stainless steel case with the Double Tour; and £1,350 for the 42mm stainless steel case with the Cuff.

Underneath the luxurious hood is premium technology. Apple’s haptic feedback technology has been incorporated into the Watch. The Taptic Engine, practically speaking, taps you on the wrist. Different notifications produce different sensations and this is the secret to creating a richer experience with Watch. If you have ever worn an Apple Watch, the sensation is markedly different from regular vibrations expected of devices.

The Watch is compatible with the iPhone 5 and up and will get an update to Apple Watch OS 2 by September 16. Some new features are the capacity to text, send audio, and share locations via Facebook Messenger. GoPro can also use the Watch as a viewfinder. New native apps to the Watch are also coming. This is compared to apps which are simply ported over.

The Digital Crown lets you zoom in and out and much more. You can “Time Travel” by scrolling to events up to 72 hours into the future or the past. Insteon is a practical use of the crown by controlling house lights. Tetherless Wi-Fi can also be expected of the Watch with the new update. And, probably most practical yet, is the long-awaited email reply function of the Watch.

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