Updated: March 18, 2015 – the Get-Click Kickstarter Campaign is now live.
With the recent announcements of a release date and pricing for the Apple Watch, accessory makers have begun to come out in droves. Promising everything from charging stands to charging bands, everyone seems to want a piece of the Apple Watch action. The band-makers in particular are interesting; Apple’s official band offerings are fairly pricey, and there’s only a handful to choose from. What happens if you like the watch, but aren’t a fan of any of the straps? That’s where Click comes in.
Made by a Rochester, New York company called SevenSixteen LLC, Click is a slightly different take on Apple Watch customization. It is an adapter for Apple Watch that allows you to use any standard watchband, rather than just bands designed specifically for the Apple Watch. You could use a band from a watch you already have lying around or purchase a band from the wide variety available for standard wristwatches. This will obviously give you a much wider array of choices for your watchband than the six official Apple straps, and has the potential to save you a significant amount of money as well.
Click is made from “high-quality, durable polymers” in four colors to match the aluminum, space gray aluminum, stainless steel, and space black stainless steel finishes of the Apple Watch. In the available press renders the colors appear to match up pretty well and the adapter doesn’t look out-of-place, although the adapters do stick out from the sides of the watch, whereas the official Apple bands are more flush to the casing. The polymers are intended to be more durable and skin-friendly than metal, and are likely to be a good bit cheaper as well. Click will be available in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, to match the two Apple Watch case sizes.
When it comes to attaching your choice of band, Click works like a cross between a standard watchband attachment system and an Apple Watch band. You first attach your band to the Click adapter with a standard pin, like any ordinary watch. Then you simply slide the adapter into the Apple Watch’s sliding lock system and you’re good to go. Apple’s system keeps things securely in place and allows you to easily remove it if you want to change the band for any reason.
Click will be crowdfunded via a Kickstarter campaign, which at the time of writing does not appear to be posted yet, and the accessory’s official website is http://get-click.com. No word on pricing, but with the release of Apple Watch right around the corner, we shouldn’t have to wait long.