First, Hermès — Which Brands Will Pair Up With The Apple Watch Next?

Update: In honor of the Met Gala (and its sponsor), we're revisiting our dream Apple Watch fashion collaborations inspired by the tech powerhouse's pair-up with Hermès. The watch band options from the French luxury brand have since expanded, and more labels are creating their own styles (with Apple, too, growing its vetted, in-house offerings). Still, we're sticking to (and keeping our fingers crossed for) our original slew of predictions. Check out the Apple Watches we really want to become a reality, ahead. Who knows? Maybe we'll see one or two dream collabs revealed on the red carpet tonight...

This story was originally published on September 10, 2015.

As you probably know, yesterday was Apple's big annual Keynote event — perhaps best known as the day you check in with your phone provider about your upgrade eligibility. Although it's unmissable for the tech set, the event doesn't typically involve any style revelations. But Apple dropped quite the fashion bomb during its Apple Watch segment: The brand is partnering with Hermès on a collection of watches, available starting October 5. Odds are, this is just the first of many stylish Apple Watch collaborations coming to a wrist near you.

Along with two new Apple Watch Sport models (available now), Apple revealed the three Hermès styles yesterday. There's a single tour, a double tour, and a cuff band made with fine-crafted leather from the French fashion house, all with stainless-steel cases. The watches recall classic, recognizable Hermès designs, such as the house's Cape Cod watch and cuff bracelets. Starting this fall, these high-tech new classics will retail at $1,100 for the 38mm stainless-steel case with the Single Tour, $1,150 for the 42mm stainless-steel case with the Single Tour, $1,250 for the 38mm stainless-steel case with the Double Tour, and $1,500 for the 42mm stainless-steel case with the cuff, according to an Apple press release.

We decided to dream up what a couple of staple timepieces would look like in Apple Watch form. The Chanel Boy.Friend model with a digital face? Sure! The blogger-favorite Daniel Wellington with capabilities? Why not? Check out five (somewhat wishful) predictions ahead.
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Photo: Courtesy of Apple.
The Groundbreaker: Hermès Apple Watch
Hermès' pair-up with the Apple Watch will debut next month. The Single Tour style (pictured) will be priced at $1,100 for the 38mm case, and $1,150 for the 42mm case.
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The Next Luxury: Chanel's Boy.Friend
Now that Hermès has waded into tech-savvy waters, we're hoping Chanel will be next high-fashion brand to take the plunge. The house's fine bands and elegant simplicity pair well with the Apple Watch's sleek stainless-steel case — classic, yet contemporary. Plus, Chanel's creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, was one of the first to rock an Apple Watch (with a custom gold band, of course), so why wouldn't he want a Chanel version of the smart watch?
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The Don't-Have-To-Think-About-It Version: G-Shock's DW5600
When you're investing in a big-ticket timepiece, you sort of want it to be indestructible. We may not be there yet, but a G-Shock Apple Watch mash-up could get us one step closer. A shock-resistant band? Yes, please.
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The Blogger Favorite: Daniel Wellington's Bristol
Daniel Wellington's sleek, sophisticated watches are not only at an affordable price point (for an everyday luxury timepiece), but they photograph very well — hence the brand is a regular on blogger detail shots and Saturday-morning coffee snaps. Apple would have one highly Instagrammable hit on its hands as a result…
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The Instantly Dressed-Up Everyday Piece: Michael Kors' Bracelet Watch
Hybrid accessories = the best accessories. A bracelet and a watch, rolled into one? Now that's a good use of fashion-meets-function. Michael Kors' playful acetate bracelet bands put a fun (and colorful) spin on a super-practical, bells-and-whistles-packed ticker.
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The Throwback: Casio's Digital
Who doesn't love a good throwback? Exhibit A: The digital square face and metal bracelet on Casio's retro style. Granted, you can always customize the appearance of the Apple Watch face to get an old-school digital look. But why not update Casio's very '80s look with all of Apple's modern luxury touches?

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