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Fall haul! Stay classic with Strapa’s luxury Italian leather Primus Apple Watch band

We’re back with another Strapa leather Apple Watch band unboxing video! We just can’t keep our hands off Strapa’s luxury bands.

This time around, we’re hands-on with the Primus, available in the Cult of Mac Watch store. True to its name, this strap is seriously a prime example of top-grade artisan craftsmanship and design.

Strapa Primus band: Rugged and timeless

Strapa’s Primus band is sumptuous and perennial. It’s the top of the top in every way, given Strapa’s strict standards of quality.

The company’s ethos is simple. It believes in crafting Apple Watch bands that are rugged, simple, durable and timeless. We were truly impressed during the filming of this video.

Strapa passes all of its self-professed benchmarks.

From the embossed packaging to the rich mahogany band, the Primus experience met and exceeded our expectations.
From the embossed packaging to the rich mahogany band, the Primus experience met and exceeded our expectations.
Photo: Kristal Chan/Cult of Mac

Strapa makes its $105 Primus band from top-grade Italian calfskin leather. The raw material undergoes a process of tanning and polishing to achieve a rich, distinguished, glossy look and feel. The production of this band is seriously top-quality.

It’s a band full of character and charm, and it’s ready to be strapped on to experience the world’s adventures with you. Don’t believe us? Watch our unboxing video above!

Strapa spoils us with utmost attention to detail

The rugged, Italian leather is then lined with a thinner leather backing, and stitched together with linen thread in homage to traditional artisanal saddlery and leather-working.
The rugged, Italian leather is lined with a thinner leather backing, and stitched with linen thread in homage to traditional artisanal saddlery and leather-working.
Photo: Kristal Chan/Cult of Mac

The design is classic, and the band is unbelievably durable. The strap has a smooth leather backing, which gives it a luxurious feel. It is carefully stitched with a tough linen thread, which helps prevent the leather from stretching and morphing even after months of wear.

Unlike many cheap leather imitations with extravagant price tags, this band is wonderfully substantial. Thick and padded for added comfort, Primus lacks nothing in quality.

Hardware options

Strapa's polished buckles are glassy and smooth, making a smart pair for the Primus.
Strapa’s polished buckles are glassy and smooth, making a smart pair for the Primus’ rich and glossy finish.
Photo: Kristal Chan/Cult of Mac

Strapa offers two options for the color of the buckle and adapters, and two different finishes. You can choose between silver or black hardware, and a matte or polished finish.

The Primus strap we unboxed has a suave, glossy black buckle (pictured) recommended for the stainless steel Apple Watch models. The matte buckle is best for the aluminum Apple Watch Sport models.

Strapa engineered its buckle designs to ensure they aren’t sharp and won’t damage the leather of the band.

It’s clear that Strapa spoils its customers with the best in design and craftsmanship. Our unboxing experience was so striking the first time, we just had to dive in again with the Primus.

Each band has its own allure and character. Strapa’s Crocodilus band is robust and bold, but the Primus is different. It’s a paradigm of classic vintage watch bands expertly reappropriated for the modern, tech world.

You can purchase the Strapa Primus Watch Band for $105 at our Watch Store. Like all of Strapa’s bands, the Primus is compatible with the Apple Watch Series 4.

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My Thoughts on SwitchEasy PaperLike iPad Screen Protector

Lengthy product title....Yes, I ordered this screen protector based on Cult of Mac's product description that it's like writing on paper. Bottom line...it's a far better screen protector that aids "writing" with an Apple Pencil (I have the 1st gen version), greatly reduces finger prints (always good) when using the Apple Pencil, input is immediate and precise. I'm a lefty and this screen protector allows minimal effort when writing electronically. I'm not an artist so I cannot rate how this screen protector handles an artist's desires. I will say my primitive artwork (cups, objects, etc.) drawn with my iPencil are spot on and represent my vision for my coffee cups, primitive as they may be,.

Overall, I have no buyer's regrets for this purchase. However, some caveats...the application instructions are verrry sparse (A and B on two tabs, that's it). Once on, the tactile sensation is different...it has a "pebbly" like feel when you run your finger over the screen protectors surface. It's a strange sensation that always surprises me, yet, its this "pebbly" surface that allows the user to work their magic, whether writing or drawing as well as keeping fingerprints to a minimum. For use on a iPad, it works wonderfully and will capture your vision. However, this screen protector will never feel the same as writing with a fountain pen on quality paper.

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Very nice metal strap

Looks good, quality feels good as well.

Cute, yet effective protection for my AirPods Pro

This AirPods Pro case fits pretty snugly, and seems to protect my AirPods pretty well. Wireless charging through the case works great -- and it is also easy to access the Lightning charging port on the bottom. The ring for attaching to a backpack or belt loop is fairly solid. And it looks like a tiny suitcase :) Overall, it works great for me!

DISAPPOINTED

Unfortunately, the leather is beginning crack and the color is coming off with the cracking.
I have only had this watch band a short time, so I feel this should not be happening.

Good morning, Thank you for your feedback, and I apologize that you are not satisfied with your item, but it sounds like the item you received, maybe defective. If you are able to send me an image of the item we can get this issue resolved for you. My email is adel@cultofmac.com
Many thanks, Adel.

Awesome hold, super useful

First time I’ve used a 3M stick mount and it’s holding really well on the stick side, no sign it’s weakening. On the magnet side the phone never falls out, but it will slide off if you try to put a lightning cable in or pull one out from the phone while it’s mounted. That’s a real nitpick because otherwise it’s an awesome mount.