Now that the Samsung Gear S2 is on sale, it's time to trick it out with the best straps and watchbands. Already accessory makers looking to capitalise on Samsung's newest smartwatch by offering their own strap options.
The Gear S2 classic features traditional watch lugs, which means it is compatible with any strap that has a standard 20mm pin. However, the Gear S2 features proprietary connectors and will be more difficult to find compatible bands.
Below are a few of the companies Samsung has spotlighted so far that are making third-party watchbands for Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic.
Alessandro Mendini for Samsung
One of the earliest collaborations made known regarding third-party straps for the Gear S2 was from Alessandro Mendini. The Italian designer has put his iconic spin on the rubberized strap. The soon-to-be-released bands compliment minimalism and geometric design.
If you would rather wear leather on your wrist than rubber, Case-Mate has a natural options. The company has a black chevron leather strap with a studded clasp designed in partnership with Rebecca Minkoff available for the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic.
In the tradition of Swatch, Casetify has a variety of brightly coloured, wild-patterned bands to compliment the kid in you. The bands are made from sweat-resistant TPU. In the near future, the company will provide customisable options to let you use Instagram or Facebook photos as patterns on your band.
Chow Tai Fook
For a truly classic look, Chow Tai Fook has a line of bands that will be exclusive for the Gear S Classic and will launch in Hong Kong and China. They feature such luxuries as 18k gold with diamond accents, hornblende and genuine leather, and silver with diamond.
For a more versatile range of options, iTFit has a line of Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic bands that appeal to a variety of wearers. The Gear S2 bands are made from TPE, while the classic model will feature bands made of leather or woven cloth.
For fans of the more rugged look, SLG Design has a line of bands, exclusively for the Gear S2, that feature Italian Buttero, Minerva Box, and lizard skin pattern.
The details are still sparse with this company, but Incipio promises a range of translucent coloured straps made from TPU for the Gear S2, as well as woven fabric styles and premium leather bands for the classic model.
Check back with us to find out about additional third-party Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic watchbands. We'll be updating this list as more accessory makers join in.