How the Apple Watch Works

Available Designs

The Apple Watch has several band and face options for users to choose from.
The Apple Watch has several band and face options for users to choose from.
Image courtesy Apple, Inc.

Although the shape and functionality of each Apple Watch will be largely the same, Apple is introducing a choice of sizes, colors and even metal composition, along with a selection of accompanying watchbands -- some utilitarian and some quite posh.

Three models of the Watch itself will be available: Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition. Watch is composed of a custom stainless steel alloy, available in polished or space black, and will have a sapphire crystal face. Watch Sport is made of anodized aluminum, available in silver or space gray, with an Ion-X glass face. Watch Edition is composed of 18-karat yellow or rose gold with a sapphire crystal face.

You will also be able to choose from a selection of specially designed straps, depending upon which model you get, including the following:

  • Sport Band - A custom sweat and chemical resistant fluoroelastomer band available in black, white, blue, green and pink. All five appear to be available with Watch Sport, but only black or white with the other two models.
  • Classic Buckle - A leather band with a traditional watch buckle in black with Watch, or in midnight blue with one of the Watch Edition models.
  • Leather Loop - A quilted leather band that fastens with magnets, in stone, light brown or bright blue for Watch.
  • Modern Buckle - A leather band with a solid metal buckle, in soft pink, brown and midnight blue for Watch, with additional bright red and rose gray bands available with Watch Edition models.
  • Milanese Loop - A flexible, magnetic stainless steel mesh for Watch.
  • Link Bracelet - A traditional looking, brushed metal link watch band, in stainless steel or space black stainless steel for Watch.

Each Watch model comes in two sizes and each strap type is available for both sizes.

Not only does this give you a number of style choices, but you can customize what shows on the face, as well. As planned for launch, Watch will let you to choose from 11 different watch-face designs named Chronograph, Color, Modular, Timelapse, Solar, Astronomy, Motion, Utility, Simple, Photo and Mickey Mouse.

Some look like traditional analog watch faces with moving hands and others display various types of digital information. The Astronomy face shows your location on the planet and allows you to pan to the moon or zoom out and see the other planets in our solar system. Solar shows the sun's position in a sort of a sundial arc. Mickey Mouse, as the name suggests, looks like the old-school analog watch that used Mickey's arms for the minute and second hands.

You can also personalize many of the watch-faces in a variety of ways, including changing the colors and rearranging or adding functional items, such as a display of your next scheduled event, the time in another time zone, the weather, the lunar phase or your activity levels.

Read on to find out what makes the Watch tick, so to speak.