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Hermes’ deal with Apple for the Apple Watch bands wasn’t a one-time thing, it seems. The company will be launching a slew of new bands on Thursday, according to recent reports.
One band, in particular, will be released by the company. It’s called the Equator Tatoutage. It’s designed by Robert Dallet and will be available in limited numbers, according to a report from Vogue. The band is based on the Simple Tour band already available for the Apple Watch, but with jungle imagery and a jaguar pattern.
As a Hermes band, it won’t come cheap — to get one for yourself you will have to shell out about $442, which is quite a bit more than the standard Simple Tour band, which comes at $368 and is already one of the more expensive Apple Watch bands. You can only get the new band from a Hermes boutique.
Hermes is the only fashion-focused brand Apple has partnered with for the Apple Watch to date. The company has, however, also buddied up with Nike to offer the Apple Watch Nike+, which comes with a more sports-focused band. Of course, the actual watch itself is the same — it offers just as many fitness tracking features. You can also specifically buy the Apple Watch Hermes, though the only difference between that and a standard Apple Watch is its band and a few custom watch faces.
The Apple Watch, in general, has been touted as one of the more stylish smart offerings, despite the fact that some suggest it looks a little too modern to be a truly classic watch. While some would have preferred a round design, the device is sleek and modern, and partnerships like the one with Hermes helps make that even truer.