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Cuff strap for Apple Watch puts the heat on Hermès at 20% off [Watch Store]

Feeling rugged and maybe a little bit Roman? Go ahead and swap out the standard strap that comes with your new Apple Watch for something a little more, er, Ben Hur-ish.

The Cuff Strap by Jack Foster fits the bill, and the juxtaposition with the sleek Apple Watch somehow quite high-style. Better yet, it costs just a fraction of what you’ll spend for Hermès’ similar double-buckle leather strap.

And, Jack Foster’s beautiful collection of leather cuffs and bands for Apple Watch are currently 20 percent off at Cult of Mac Watch Store.

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Each Jack Foster strap is made by hand. Here’s the cuff in Black Chromexcel Leather.
Photo: Courtesy of Jack Foster

American craftsmanship at its finest

As unique as the cuff’s design is, it’s got nothing on the location of its manufacturer, Jack Foster. The small leather goods company is tucked away in an abandoned mill in Greenville, South Carolina.

The company’s owner, Matt Crowder, chose his hometown of Greenville as the company’s headquarters because the city was once a large textile producer. Following a deep economic downturn, with many businesses leaving the area, Crowder wanted to bring quality manufacturing back home. With vast experience making saddles, leather products like this Apple Watch strap were a natural choice for Crowder, who hired an additional two tradesmen.

All Jack Foster products are made by hand, with leather sourced close to home. In fact, the famous and long-standing Horween Leather Company in Chicago provides the leather for this particular cuff strap. Chromexcel leather, in particular, takes a laborious 89 separate processes and 28 working days by a highly experienced craftsman to perfect. Bold, refined, and never flat, chromexcel leather moves with you, bringing up tonal contrasts as the band flexes and folds.

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Brand-new to the collection, the Jack Foster Cuff in Dark Cognac Dublin Leather.
Photo: Courtesy of Jack Foster

Customizable Apple Watch cuff

The actual strap can be removed from the cuff and worn on its own, offering two different looks. A center opening on the cuff allows the Apple Watch to maintain contact with one’s wrist, and lets the charger to attach without having to remove the band. Adapter and buckle hardware available come in stainless, rose gold or space gray/black.

The Chromexcel leather is held together with meticulous stitching, and the strap’s underbelly is soft, natural kidskin, which feels comfortable on the wrist.

What’s great about this leather is its feel and appearance over time — bold, refined and never flat. It becomes even softer as it gets broken in.

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The strap’s underbelly is soft, natural kidskin, which feels comfortable on the wrist.
Photo: Courtesy of Jack Foster

Available for 38 mm and 42 mm Apple watches, it also comes in Horween English Tan Dublin Leather and Horween Dark Cognac Dublin Leather. For these and other made-to-order straps by Jack Foster, check out Cult of Mac Apple Watch Store.

Price: $157 (regularly $195)

Buy from: Cult of Mac Apple Watch Store

Jack Foster provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See Cult of Mac’s reviews policy and check out more stuff we recommend in our Best List reviews.

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Rilee & Lo Apple Watch Band, Black

I love this watch band, it's super comfortable and it fits perfectly.

Very Good Quality Leather Watch Band

The Monowear Classic is a very good quality watch band that gives your Apple Watch a great look for more formal or dress up occasions. My preference is to have a leather band without colored stitching and with a black stainless steel clasp. This band fits that criteria and provides a secure, classic method of attaching to my wrist.

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I wish I could say something about this item but I have not received it. Pity about the money I spent!

Good morning, Thank you for your review. I have checked the process of your order, and the last update from USPS on September 18, states your package is delayed but still on its way, if this doesn’t change by next week please get back in touch by emailing me at adel@cultofmac.com
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Good second remote

Apple TV will only connect to one Apple remote, I found out after paying $60 for a second one. This remote worked out of the box and I have had no trouble. It allows my wife to have a remote as well.

Good product, but doesn't work as smoothly with every streaming app on Apple TV

It works fine, no problem connecting it to my Apple TV, so there is nothing wrong with the product. I just find myself and my partner still mostly using the apple remote. Maybe just out of habit. it is easier to rewind or fast forward with it on most apps, not on YouTube, but Netflix or appleTV+