Earlier this month, we reviewed the Mintapple Space Grey Milanese Loop. The feedback is surprisingly controversal on design, quality and price. Today we look at Mintapple’s Genuine Exotic flagship line-up: the limited edition Genuine Crocodile Leather Apple Watch Strap.
- One-off built genuine crocodile skin with soft calf leather backing
- Mintapple designed stainless steel adjustable clasp
- Color-matching Apple Watch adapter lugs & clasp
- Wrist size: Size guide (Click here to request for Custom size)
The crocodile skin was manufactured, soaked and stained produce a comfortable feel and a unique color to the strap. The Genuine Exotics collection is unique due to the nature of the material used. They are customized that you may often see ones available with the exception to the “Sold Out” straps.
The Genuine Exotic band does not come with a more premium packaging but the same as the Milanese Loop. With high quality foam surrounding the tray offers great protection to the band along the transportations.
My first impression to the Genuine Crocodile Leather Apple Watch Strap is that the leather skins used on both sides of the band are of very premium feel. Unlike what Apple could offer with machine-manufactured perfection and homogeneity, this band looks special and standing out. Despite the fact that the band is a little bit rigid at early stage, after a couple weeks’ usage, it is getting much softer and more comfortable to wear. Surprisingly, it does not look as bulky as I expected even though I have a relatively small wrist.
Mintapple offers the Genuine Exotic and other collections Apple Watch Band with both shiny silver, polished darker black or even yellow and rose gold color options to match the stainless steel or aluminium hardware of any Apple Watch models.
The one we received is for Black or Space Grey model. The adapters are well-polished creating no friction sliding into your Apple Watch. The single-fold deployment clasp comes with a glossy that could fit better with the stainless steel Apple Watch.
Compared to Apple’s Classic Buckle or Modern Buckle Bands, Mintapple’s Exotic Genuine feels much stiffer before getting worn into the shape of your wrist. It is initially more difficult to put on and remove, and the clasp is quite tight that you may need to exert more force to open it. It gets much better now after 2 weeks of daily usage. There is no issue with hair tugging hair or skin irritating issues so far but I personally do not recommend a frequent usage generally for a leather band if you tend to sweat a lot in summer time.
Summarizing the good and bad of the band,
- High quality genuine crocodile and calf leathers
- Solid build quality
- Good color coating to match Apple Watch casing
- Uniqueness for color and material
- Relative steep price tag
- May be too bulky for some people
- The clasp is too tight at first use and requires extra effort or small tool to open the clasp to adjust length
- Mintapple engraving on buckle that not all will like
The Mintapple Genuine Crocodile Leather Apple Watch Strap is extremely premium and certainly comparable with other brands such as Meridio, Bianca Mosca or on Etsy. It is unique, tough and very comfortable to wear with the calf leather backing.
Honestly, this is one of the best leather bands I have ever tried. I have been wearing my Apple Watch with the band for two weeks already and the leather is getting softer than day 1, which fake leathers cannot replicate. But I highly recommend you go through their Custom Shop if you have a small wrist as the band could be a bit too long for you.
Most Genuine Exotics bands are sold out at the moment but you can get those in stock for £169.99. The price could be a bit aggressive but you get what you paid for. But for sure it could be a better deal when it comes with discount occasionally.
Find out more nice options of Apple Watch bands from Mintapple and let me know what you think about Mintapple Genuine Crocodile Leather Apple Watch Strap down below. Be sure to check out more Apple Watch Band reviews here.