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Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

If you’re headed to Rio for the XXXI Olympiad with an Apple Watch strapped to your wrist, you might be pleased to hear that Apple is giving you a unique chance to fly your country’s colors with a special, limited-edition series of its sporty, woven nylon straps to be sold only at the games in August in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. This further does not represent a formal relationship with the games, and remember that Omega is the official timekeeper of the Olympics (and has been for a long time), so they will continue to be the only company actually making Olympics-branded timepieces.

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team USA

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team UK

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team Australia

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team Brazil

These interchangeable, durable nylon straps are woven from over 500 threads in a four-layer weave that wears a bit like a NATO with a breathable, fabric-like feel – which should be perfect in Brazil’s August temperatures, currently forecast to remain in the mid-to-low 80s. However, it’s worth noting that this interpretation of the traditional military-spec NATO isn’t a pass-through style strap, but is instead secured to the case just like the Apple Watch’s silicone, leather, or bracelet options, and buckles at the underside with a traditional tang clasp.

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team New Zealand

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team Germany

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team France

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team Mexico

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team Japan

Fans from 14 nations will be proud to fly their home colors represented in the collection, which includes regalia for the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, Jamaica, Canada, and of course, the host country of Brazil. Dual citizens or the fundamentally indecisive can even mix-and-match their strap combination and root for two teams at once, thanks to Apple’s interchangeable lug system.

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team South Africa

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team Canada

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team China

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team Netherlands

Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games Watch Releases

Team Jamaica

This colorful strap collection will be sold exclusively at the Apple Store Village Mall in Barra da Tijuca, Rio, starting in early August for a retail price of 329 Brazilian real per strap, or around $100 USD. Note that even though this is more than the cost in the US (for example), this is the normal price for all Woven Nylon straps sold in Brazil. Granted, this is a considerable upcharge from the $49 MSRP for the standard Woven Nylon straps available direct from any other Apple Store, but given the minor hysteria that the red souvenir mittens from the 2010 Vancouver games generated, perhaps it’s a worthy, collectable slice of the games after all. apple.com/watch

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  • SuperStrapper

    I don’t see a team Russia version…

    • Shinytoys

      it has a syringe on it…

    • Gokart Mozart

      Apple are also following the Swiss as well. No North Korea version either. Some one at Apple read Ariel’s article.

      • SuperStrapper

        Is north Korea sending a team to Rio?

  • Hydra

    quite many countries are missing….

  • Ulysses31

    I think Team Zika will beat them all.

  • imageWIS

    They forgot the most important of all: Team Pure Profit Revenue Stream!

  • word-merchant

    Every Apple Watch screen I’ve ever seen shows pure Team New Zealand, especially when the batteries run out.

    • Shinytoys

      I see what you did there 🙂

  • OmniWrench

    Looks fun, I look forward to reading about the astronomical values these will get on ebay. 🙂 (not that I will be attending, or buying any, or even own an Apple watch…)

    It kind of feels like the Canada band should have a little red.. bumpy thing… similar to Japan.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Why is this on here ?

  • IanE

    Once again, Apple gives me the pip.

  • DR

    … because I can’t support my team without giving $100 to Apple.

  • Bill W

    I bet at least one Austrian will buy the “Canadian” strap.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    I could find no info about the “Apple Watch International Collection Bands For Rio 2016 Olympic Games” at the indicated link.

  • Marius

    What I especially like about the Apple straps is that you can mix-and-match them and root for two teams at once. You could have the fallowing combinations:

    USA – Iran
    Turkey – Greece
    Egypt – Israel
    North Koreea – South Koreea
    France – Well, everybody loves France

  • Gokart Mozart

    $100 per strap. Double the price of a normal strap. You can tell that Apple were thinking about the average Brazilian income when they came up with the pricing structure.

    Apple did miss a trick though they could sell the normal woven straps and add a few black flecks on the strap, and still charge double the price. Team Zika….

    You would like to think that the extra profit Apple will make from the straps they would put towards treatment for babies infected by Zika, in the poorer parts of the country for the people who can’t quite afford the $100 straps.

    Capitalism at its best.

  • “This colorful strap collection will be sold exclusively at the Apple Store Village Mall ”

    And by every third Chinese vendor on eBay for about $6.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      Alibaba baby !

  • ninabaines

    Always liked Apple watch , and these bands are awesome ! I need to find a good watch for my boyfriend , I already chose a model ( Fossil Watch FS4574 ) , but as for me , I want this Apple watch right now 🙂

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