Best Apple watch bands for the design aficionado

Whether sporty, cool or classic, find the best Apple watch bands for you

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Apple Watch band by Vincero
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Apple watch bands have come a long way, with a host of designers and brands putting their own distinctive spin on accessories that are both functional and stylish. Whether fashion-led, sporty, or a riff on classic watch design codes, the right band can bring new life to a much-loved Apple watch. Whatever your aesthetic, find the best Apple watch bands for you with our handy guide.

Best Apple Watch bands for design lovers


blue Hermes apple watch band

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The H Diagonal strap from Hermes draws on the distinctive motif which first appeared in the Seventies. Here, its subtle reproduction on buttersoft Swift calfskin offers an understated take on a heritage piece. (opens in new tab)


black watch band

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Vincero's silicone Apple watch bands are rich with appealing design quirks. Crafted from fully waterproof silicone, the pieces are strong and soft, and lightly embellished with a textured rubber top and gently tapered form. (opens in new tab)


brown leather Apple Watch band

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Ostrich-embossed leather makes a chic juxtaposition to the clean metal case of an Apple Watch, with this piece just the ticket for a formal do. (opens in new tab)

Kate Spade

black watch band

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Apple watch bands take on a chic edge when the familiar links are drawn in black stainless steel. We love Kate Spade's interpretation, imbuing the distinctive form with a chic gloss. (opens in new tab)


Brown & grey watch straps

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A smooth loop of leather makes a sleek complement to the simple silhouette of your Apple watch, and these eco-tanned options from Bellroy come in a multitude of hues. (opens in new tab)


white Apple Watch band

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The Apple Watch Nike Sport band is crafted from a flexible, soft material that allows your skin to breathe, whether you're in the gym or the office. A handy pin-and-tuck closing feature makes slipping it on and off a breeze. (opens in new tab)


Apple Watch band

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We love the easy wearability of this sporty piece from UAG, which use soft touch silicon for a watch strap both soft, comfortable and waterproof. (opens in new tab)


stripy watch band

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Apple's own selection of watch bands encompass the sporty, the smart and the chic. We love this double-layer nylon weave which is both comfortable and practical, with a soft cushioning which lets moisture escape. Available in a rainbow of bright hues, you're sure to find one to love. (opens in new tab)


diamond Apple Watch band

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Who says your Apple watch band can't be a piece of jewellery in its own right? Not luxe accessories brand Nuclieus, who create super-strong and sleek Apple watch bands in high-quality stainless steel from their Antwerp-based workshop. Diamonds, clustered in the centre of each link, can be personalised at will for seriously dazzling design.


Green leather watch strap, part of a selection of best Apple Watch bands

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Hermès announced a collaboration with Apple in 2015, and their shared focus on technical innovation and simple, recognisable design codes made this partnership both a natural and successful one. Fans of classic design will find the range of straps in butter-soft calf leather irresistible, and with a rainbow of bright hues available, everyone will find something to love. (opens in new tab)


pink and blue Apple Watch band

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Off-White brings an offbeat sensibility to the classic Apple watch band, with pieces inspired by streetwear references in a blending of fashion and horological motifs. This piece, crafted in a nylon-blend webbing with the familiar jacquard logo, adds an edge to dusky pink and blue tones. (opens in new tab)

Jean Rousseau

yellow Apple Watch band

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Leather aficionados will be spoilt for choice with Jean Rousseau’s range of Apple watch bands. Crafted in France, the collection encompasses both classic and sporty pieces. Straps are padded and stitched to ensure total comfort, while some pieces -– such as those suitable for a short swim – are crafted from functional water-resistant alligator.

La Californienne

brown and black stripe watch band

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Independent watch company La Californienne puts a retro spin on the classic watch band with a collection that paints stripes onto vegetable-tanned leather. This piece in black and white will bring a touch of sporty chic to the utilitarian design of an Apple watch. (opens in new tab)


Metallic apple watch strap, one of the best Apple Watch bands

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Prefer the seamless metallic loop of a stainless steel watch band? The link bracelet band from Mintapple is crafted in aluminium and is available in space grey, space black or gold, with links that make for quick and effortless size adjustments.

Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.