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Tech: Three Design Collaborations You Need to Know

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

HERMÈS APPLE WATCH

Two of the most recognizable brands have collaborated to create a timepiece that merges beauty and function. The Series 2 Apple Watch has built-in GPS, a dual-core processor and is water resistant up to 50m—all complemented with the finely handcrafted leather straps from Hermès. The Double Tour (pictured in Bleu Zéphyr Epsom leather) has an extra-long strap that wraps twice around the wrist.

From $2,331, apple.com

BUGATTI PG BIKE

Limited to a production run of just 667 bikes worldwide, the PG Bugatti bike weighs less than 11lbs, making it the lightest special urban bike in the world. It’s made of more than 95 percent carbon fiber and can be customized with specialist paints, carbon colors and leather types—you can match it with your four-wheeled Bugatti, but we’re keen on classic black, pictured above.

$39,000, pg.de

BEATS X ALEXANDER WANG

After collaborating in 2013, Alexander Wang and Beats have partnered again to create these dove gray wireless headphones with a stylishly subtle new feature—the ear cups have croc-embossed Italian leather, the first time Beats has used this material. They connect to your smart device via Bluetooth and stay connected up to 30ft away, so you can roam free when listening to music or taking calls.

$599.95, beatsbydre.com