Hands on with Apple's new Series 4 Apple Watch bands

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in Apple Watch edited October 2018
Alongside the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple introduced a medley of new colors and styles of their first-party band offerings. AppleInsider goes hands-on with some of our favorites from the new range.

Apple Watch bands


There are lots of third-party bands available, but Apple's are always at the top of the heap. They have outstanding build quality, and they are often color matched with the user interface for an added effect.

Apple Watch bands


Kicking things off, the popular Sport Loops were updated with many fresh colors including Cape Cod Blue, Nectarine, Hibiscus, Storm Gray, and Indigo. They are available at $49 for either of the two sizes. We checked out both the Indigo and the Cape Cod Blue.






If you happen to opt for the Nike+ version of the Apple Watch Series 4, it come bundled with an exclusive Sports Loop with reflective yarn woven in to increase visibility at night. Unfortunately, it isn't available by itself.

Apple Sports band


Standard Sport Bands were updated with three new colors -- Nectarine, Blue Horizon, and Lavender Gray. Our favorites were Nectarine and Blue Horizon, both vibrant and vivid colors. Nectarine was eye catching with any finish, and the Blue Horizon was subtle, but looked very sharp with the stainless steel gold. They still run $49 apiece.

Apple Watch Gold Milanese Loop
Stainless Steel Apple Watch Series 4 with Gold Milanese Loop


Apple has updated the popular Milanese loop with a new gold option to match the new gold stainless steel Watch. It most closely matches the stainless steel model, but will also work with the gold aluminum model. It runs $149 and only supports the larger 42/44mm model.

We didn't go hands on with the new colors, but there two new hues of the leather loop. The leather loop is available now in Forest Green and Cape Cod Blue for $149, only supporting the larger Watch model. We've long been fans of the leather loop, one not even close to being replicated by third party vendors.

Another band we weren't able to check out is the Modern Buckle. It is back with four new colors -- Forest Green, Peony Pink, Cape Cod Blue, and Ruby (PRODUCT)Red, but only for the smaller 38/40mm watches. They each run $149.

As we get to the most luxurious options of Apple's bands, we come to the Hermes.

Apple Watch Hermes
Bordeaux and Rose Hermes Swift Leather Single Tour


For the Hermes bands, there are three new variants. A new 44mm Fauve Grained Barenia Leather Single Tour Rallye that we didn't check out, but we did check out the Hermes 44mm Swift Leather Single Tour -- Bordeaux/Rose and Indigo/Craie/Orange. They cost $339.

Apple Watch Space Black Series 4 with Cape Cod Blue Sports Loop
Apple Watch Space Black Series 4 with Cape Cod Blue Sports Loop


Even though the Apple Watch Series 4 is slightly larger than the Series 3, all bands work on either generation. The 40mm new bands work with the 38mm models and the 44mm bands fit the 42mm.

Apple's bands can carry a higher price tag, but when it comes the colors, feel, and quality, few can come close.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    Still loving my black stainless steel band the most.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    One of my major upcoming decisions will be what color of the series 4 stainless steel Apple Watch to get for my wife and part of that decision will be what color bands go with that watch color. Not all combinations look good.  My current thinking is the black watch goes with the least number of band combinations so that’s out and the silver appears to go with the most. The gold watch looked like it might be a good middle of the road that goes with a larger number of bands than the black with the added plus that the gold color gives it more of a jewelry look to the device. 

    I was hoping to this article would dive into that aspect more but alas I guess I’m on my own. 

  • Reply 3 of 11
    What watch charging stand is that?
  • Reply 4 of 11
    G1G1 Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    What is the watch face displayed with the Cape Cod Blue Sports Loop?
  • Reply 5 of 11
    kruegdude said:
    One of my major upcoming decisions will be what color of the series 4 stainless steel Apple Watch to get for my wife and part of that decision will be what color bands go with that watch color. Not all combinations look good.  My current thinking is the black watch goes with the least number of band combinations so that’s out and the silver appears to go with the most. The gold watch looked like it might be a good middle of the road that goes with a larger number of bands than the black with the added plus that the gold color gives it more of a jewelry look to the device. 

    I was hoping to this article would dive into that aspect more but alas I guess I’m on my own. 

    This may or may not help you but I had purchased the Series 3 in Space Gray (based on my sister’s recommendation since she had the silver) that the Gray would match more bands, she was right.  Then I was upset with myself that I did not purchase the LTE (cellular) version so I waited for the Series 4 to come out and purchased the Space Gray again but this time in GPS + Cellular version and I love it.   In my opinion, the gray can blend with any color band since I have accumulated quite a little collection of bands since last year.  The silver and black are also easy to match with almost any bands.  I think the gold is harder to match although it is a beautiful color.  This will be a toss up for you to select the right color for your wife but I think you can’t go wrong with the Gray or Silver.  
  • Reply 6 of 11
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,656member
    bluefire1 said:
    Still loving my black stainless steel band the most.
    Yup. They didn’t mention that. I was disappointed to see that they didn’t offer that in gold this year. I might have bought the gold SS model 4 instead of the black one again. I’ve bought a half dozen different bands, but I keep going back to the black SS bracelet.
  • Reply 7 of 11
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,656member

    kruegdude said:
    One of my major upcoming decisions will be what color of the series 4 stainless steel Apple Watch to get for my wife and part of that decision will be what color bands go with that watch color. Not all combinations look good.  My current thinking is the black watch goes with the least number of band combinations so that’s out and the silver appears to go with the most. The gold watch looked like it might be a good middle of the road that goes with a larger number of bands than the black with the added plus that the gold color gives it more of a jewelry look to the device. 

    I was hoping to this article would dive into that aspect more but alas I guess I’m on my own. 

    Did you ask her?
  • Reply 8 of 11
    You guys should get manicures before doing these videos, devil's in the details...
  • Reply 9 of 11
    No mention here but Apple discontinued the classic Leather Buckle strap, which is one my fav of theirs.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    No mention here but Apple discontinued the classic Leather Buckle strap, which is one my fav of theirs.
    That is a good point. If you really like a watch band, you should buy two. Apple usually discontinues bands after awhile and even if you are still in your 1 year warranty it’s almost impossible to get a replacement of the same type/color. 
  • Reply 11 of 11
    gutengel said:
    You guys should get manicures before doing these videos, devil's in the details...
    They might not be hand models, but surely they are “master of their domain”. 
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