Premium Edition Moto 360 with metal bands launch this fall for $299

We’ve been slobbering over the Moto 360 for so long that we thought Motorola couldn’t slip in any surprises, but they did: two metal banded versions of the Moto 360 will launch in time for the holidays for $299.

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Black titanium? Steel? Which one better suits your fancy? We know: holiday season sounds SO far away.

If you’re obsessed with having a premium style metal band to go with your premium looking smartwatch, you won’t have to wait until the Fall: the Moto 360 band can be removed and replaced with regular watch bands with relative ease (we’ll show you how soon enough).

Down the road you’ll also be able to buy these bands separately- it will just cost you a few extra bucks. The standard Moto 360 is $250 and the premium metal version will be $300, so you’re paying $50 more. It’s likely the band alone will cost around $80, which would mean an extra $30 down the drain (if you buy leather now and upgrade to metal rather than waiting for metal). But let’s not forget you’ll then have 2 bands instead of one.

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Why buy these watch bands from Motorola at $80 a pop or wait for the ones you prefer if any old watch band will fit? Here is what Motorola has to say about just that:

Moto 360 comes with genuine leather straps that use a standard watch pin and are therefore removable. That said, we’ve created the straps to be a custom fit for Moto 360 and tested the materials for compatibility, so if you choose to go with an off-the-shelf band, we can’t guarantee it will be a great experience.

After seeing the extensive testing they do in their headquarters, I’m not inclined to disagree. That being said, I wouldn’t hesitate to invest in some alternative looks while I’m at it.

All the nitty gritty details on these premium metal bands have not yet emerged, but we’ll report back to you as soon as we hear back from Motorola.

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