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Tested: 9 fashion-forward Apple Watch bands

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Jan. 4, 2016
Nobody will even notice your Watch—they’ll be too busy looking at the band.

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Take a look at this crease on the Rebecca Minkoff Double Wrap. Not good. Credit: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

If you ignore the crease, the Double Wrap Leather band is very stylish. The thin leather is comfortable and molds easily to your wrist, and the button stud accents give the band a little extra oomph. As usual, the band is a little too long for my wrist, though it does fit me relatively well on the last (smallest) hole.

Incipio Reese Double Wrap Leather band

Incipio’s $60 Reese Double Wrap leather band is simple and comfortable, yet undeniably stylish. It’s not the Hermès Double Tour, but it’s close enough (and less than a tenth of the price). I tried out the Reese Double Wrap in soft black leather (with a beige-colored suede backing), but the band also comes in red, caramel, and beige.

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Incipio’s Reese Double Wrap is similar to Case-Mate/Rebecca Minkoff’s collaboration, but with some subtleties. Credit: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

The Reese Double Wrap is a two-piece band—the shorter piece (with the buckle) is about three inches long, while the longer piece is almost 12 inches long. The band is designed to wrap around your wrist twice, so you end up with a stylish leather-bracelet-slash-watch-band look. The Reese is made of the same ultra-soft leather that makes up Incipio’s Premium leather band. This soft leather is perfect for a double wrap style band, and the Reese is incredibly comfortable right out of the box. Also, unlike the Rebecca Minkoff Double Wrap leather band, the Reese is not sharply folded in its packaging and therefore doesn’t have an obvious crease when you first open it—which is why I’d recommend this band over Rebecca Minkoff’s.

The Reese Double Wrap just fits me (on the smallest hole), but anything past the fifth hole (there are 10 adjustment holes) looks kind of comical, because the Reese only has one loop to hold the loose end in place. If you have a smaller wrist, you’ll most likely need to cut this band if you want to wear it without the loose end flapping about and looking ridiculous.

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I’m not a fan of this extra flap. You may want to trim the band to eliminate this problem. Credit: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

Aside from this minor issue, I’m a big fan of this band. The all-black simplicity is especially stylish (the adapters and the buckle are both matte black, though other colors may have different hardware options), and Incipio’s lay-flat buckle is sleek and unobtrusive.

 

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