The lowest-price Watch ships with a Sport Band, but the stainless steel case really shines when paired with a leather (Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, or Leather Loop, all with stainless steel finishes) or a stainless steel (Milanese Loop or Link Bracelet) band. Yes, you can pair the Apple Watch Sport case with a Milanese Loop band, but the aluminum will clash with the stainless steel, while the classic Watch was made for these bands. Plus, the Apple Watch also has a space gray stainless steel case option that's super svelte, with bands to match.
So if you have a somewhat flexible budget, and want a more polished look, go with the Apple Watch.
We all want to be worthy of the Apple Watch Edition, but really, this one flat out comes down to price: Apple's crème-de-la-crème offering ranges from $10,000 to $17,000. (Seventeen. Thousand. Dollars. There goes my Apple Watch pipe dream of the rose gold Edition with the rose gray Modern Buckle band.) It's gorgeous, and one of the priciest products the company has ever made. That kind of dough gets you either a yellow gold or (drool-worthy) rose gold case, and ships with a Sport Band, Modern Buckle, or Classic Buckle.
Though you could pre-order the Edition online, this seems like something you'd want to try on first, if you can find a store that carries it: The Edition will be available in limited numbers, in select Apple and high-end retail stores. Even though it's available in both the 38mm and 42mm case sizes, it looks like a piece of high-end jewelry--meaning it might not be everyone's cup of tea, style-wise.
So, if you have a sky-high budget, if your name is Beyonce, or if you simply must have a gold watch to match your daily Oscar de la Renta, then the Edition is for you.
Just remember: Even though the battery will be replaceable, the Apple Watch is still a first-generation mobile gadget with a limited shelf life--it will likely be technologically outdated after a couple of years at most. Are you willing to take the plunge, or are you going to wait for the second round?
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