I have a problem: I’m addicted to Apple Watch bands. I’m always looking for the next piece to add to my collection. One company I’ve had my eye on is JUUK Design. When viewing their website for the first time, it’s easy to note that design, quality, fit and finish were their top priority. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of their watch bands. The owner, Eugene Ho, was gracious enough to send me their latest creation for review.
My first impression of the Ligero can be stated simply: WOW, this band is gorgeous! It’s the first of it’s kind to be made from 6061 series aluminum, which is commonly used in the aircraft and automotive industries. Apple-like in it’s packaging, you are greeted with the band, a proprietary link removal tool and extra pins when you open it up. A solid stainless steel butterfly clasp is used to bring the band together.
The fit and feel are like no other. Normally, when using a metal band, your wrist can feel weighted down or ache over time. The weight of this band is closer to one of Apple’s fluoroelastomer bands. However. despite several weeks of use, I see no signs of wear and tear. The finish on the silver Ligero matches the silver aluminum Apple Watch to perfection and although I can’t speak for the other colors, I would assume they match just as close with whatever finish Apple Watch you may have. Compliments about this band have flooded in while wearing it.
Through several weeks of testing, I’ve had very few complaints. My only issue is with the standard link removal. However, this is something you’ll rarely do, the included removal tool does save some trouble. I can’t stand having to go to a jeweler to get links removed. Other bands on the market have release buttons on the individual links, and I hope this is something JUUK includes in the future. Just make sure to watch the video in the FAQ’s and take your time.
The Ligero comes in a 38mm and 42mm option, with an assortment of colors: Silver, Cosmic Grey, Ruby, Obsidian, Cobalt, Cadmium, Tyrian, Viridian and Rainbow. The price of this band starts at $119. You can find more details about this band and many others over at juukdesign.com.