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Apple Watch: New gold and rose gold aluminium Watches, Hermès leather bands and more

By Alvin Soon - on 10 Sep 2015, 9:05am

Apple Watch: New gold and rose gold aluminium Watches, Hermès leather bands and more

Besides the new iPhones (Singapore prices for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus here), 12.9” iPad Pro and Apple TV with Siri, Apple also found time to introduce a few new things for the Apple Watch.

New gold and rose gold aluminium Watch Sport editions

First up: Two new colours for the aluminium Watch Sport editions; gold and rose gold (which looks kind of pink). These new colours are available now at the same prices as the other Sport editions, S$518 for the 38 mm version, and S$598 for the 42 mm version.

Apple Watch Hermès edition with leather straps

Apple is also teaming up with Hermès for an Apple Watch Hermès edition, with leather straps handmade by Hermès artisans in France and a unique Hermès watch face designed by Apple.

The Hermès leather strap comes in a few variations. The Double Tour is extra long, it wraps twice around the wrist for some extra style. It’s available for the 38 mm stainless steel Apple Watch in four colours: Fauve, Étain, Capucine and Bleu Jean.

The Single Tour Hermès leather strap is a strap with a classic buckle, which according to Apple’s website, “recalls those on the straps of a horse’s girth.” Hmm, okay. It’s available for both the 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch editions with leather bands in Fauve and Noir. The 38 mm Watch is also available with a Capucine leather band.

The Cuff Hermès leather strap is a thick, manly band “inspired by equestrian fixtures” (?). It’s available for the 42 mm Apple Watch in Fauve.

The Apple Watch Hermès edition will be available in October, and sold in Hermès’ stores across 14 countries. Prices will range from US$1,1000 for the Single Tour to S$1,500 for the Cuff Hermès. Apple’s website says you’ll be able to get them in Singapore at the Hermès store in Takashimaya.

New Watch bands

If you’re not in the market for luxury leather bands, Apple is also releasing new bands in different colours. A new set of pastel colours; including shades of red, pink, blue, green, and beige will join the existing Sport bands, and there’ll be a bright loud Product Red band made in collaboration with Bono’s HIV/AIDS charity. The rose gold aluminium Watch Sport editions are available for order with straps in lavender, ‘stone’ and antique white. A new saddle brown classic buckle is available with the Apple Watch, and the black classic buckle is now available with the 42mm version as well.

watchOS 2 coming on September 16th

Last but not least, watchOS 2 gets a release date: September 16th.

The biggest change is that third-party apps will now be able to run natively from the Watch itself, instead of being run and streamed from a paired iPhone. Apps will also gain access to the watch’s sensors and data. At the event, Apple showcased new, native apps for the Apple Watch, which included Facebook Messenger and GoPro.

P.S. Still on the fence about whether or not you’d get an Apple Watch? Read how our reviewer uses his Watch, check out what a mechanical watch lover thinks of the Apple Watch, and find out why our editor likes it but probably won’t buy one yet.

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