Until today, the only way to get a premium Apple Watch Hermès band was to buy the band and watch together from the Apple Store, or buy a very-similar (and cheaper) knockoff band and pretend it is genuine. It was also only offered in one color, fauve brown. That is all about to change however. Apple has announced that it will soon start selling Apple Watch Hermès bands standalone and in several new colors.

Soon, customers will be able to buy Double Tour, Single Tour and Cuff bands separately in fauve brown, feu red, blanc white, bleu paon green and blue saphir blue shades. The new bands will be available from April 19, 2016 …

Availability varies per Apple Watch model size, so not all colors are available for both the 38mm and 42 mm models. The existing Apple Watch Hermès models come with a +$450 premium over the steel Watches, so don’t expect them to be cheap. Via A Blog To Watch, prices for the new bands will be $340 for Single Tour, $490 for Double Tour, and $690 for the Cuff.

The expansion of the range allows existing Watch customers to add some premium style to their outfit, or are simply interested in more vibrant Hermès colors than the brown option that existed before. These standalone bands are also great candidates for gifts to friends and family, without having to shell out for a whole new Watch body at the same time.

Last month, Apple refreshed the Apple Watch models with a variety of new bands and colors, including a new set of nylon bands and a Space Black Milanese Loop. Expect the Hermes range to join the lineup soon.

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Thanks Alixrezax for the tip off.

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