Our love affair with wristwatches has evolved over time. Beyond just a simple tool to tell time, they are worn to reflect our personality, sense of style and even social status. But with the advent of the smartwatch, wristwatches have become homogenized into standardized, utilitarian devices. At one time selecting a wristwatch required a number of decisions including brand, material, style, band, style and price. But if you are looking for a smartwatch, the brand of your phone basically dictates what you will buy. For those committed to the Apple ecosystem, the Apple Watch is the only option.
So how do you stand out and make a style statement when you are wearing a watch that looks exactly the same as everyone else’s? Meet Chalonne, the brand that has been making stand out, luxury Apple Watch bands for women since 2019. They incorporate luxe materials like solid 14K gold, diamonds, gemstones, pony hair, and even shearling which are intended to soften and personalize the technology.
The goal for each band, Carlye continues, is to empower the wearer with a sense of confidence and style. “Whether you are dressing up for a cocktail party or hanging out in jeans and a t-shirt, Chalonne’s bands can be the finishing touch for your look.”
The Story of Chalonne
As Apple Watches increased in popularity, Carlye identified a need for fashionable and luxurious watch bands for women. “When I purchased my first Apple Watch, I loved the tech but I disliked the accompanying silicone band,” Carlye says “I did some research and couldn’t find any high-quality Apple Watch bands. I didn’t want to sacrifice my personal style to sport the latest tech, and I knew other women must feel the same way. I had wanted to start my own business for a while, and I had so many design ideas, so I decided to go for it.” Chalonne’s goal is to create stylish, luxury Apple Watch bands by focusing on original design, the highest quality materials, and artisan craftsmanship. “We want to offer our customers a premium option that can be easily switched out on a daily basis depending on the occasion and your personal style.”
Apple Watch Bands with Style
Carlye explains that Chalonne’s collection of luxurious Apple Watch bands offers an elegant way to express individuality and style every day. “One thing that makes us unique is the attention we give to the creation process,” she says. “All our bands are designed in Bel-Air, California, and meticulously crafted by artisans in France.” Once a design is ready, a dedicated team of skilled artisans gets to work, handcrafting each band. “That is my favorite part of the process: watching my designs become a reality and also knowing the attention to detail and care that goes into creating every band.”
Carlye states that it was important to ensure the jewelry would withstand daily use. “No matter how beautiful a watch band may be, it needs to be functional, so we did extensive research to develop a technology to lock the jewels inside the lining of the band, which ensures stability while maintaining suppleness and comfort.” Chalonne designs are made with the finest materials possible, including responsibly sourced diamonds, solid 14K gold, and leather rich in European detailing.
Chalonne’s CEO and Founder Carlye Morgan
Carlye is a passionate world traveler and has traveled abroad in Europe, including in France and Italy. After studying art history at the University of Pennsylvania, she spent a semester abroad in Rome to study Renaissance and Baroque art.
“Each design is a metaphor of my personal experiences through travel.” she says. Evoking pristine beaches, the scent of dried grass, Venetian architecture or the relentless desert sun, all of Chalonne’s designs are imbued with a sense of time and place. “Specific moments in my travels, throughout my life, have such a visceral quality to them that my designs simply become an expression of those experiences.”
Although the company began with the concept to fuse fine jewelry and technology, Carlye hopes to grow Chalonne into a luxury brand that is respected and recognized worldwide. “I think there will always be a place for Chalonne in the world,” Carlye reflects. “People are always searching for compelling ways to express their personality through fashion and Chalonne offers one more way to do just that.”
Welcome to the new luxury. Chalonne luxury Apple Watch® bands are hand-crafted in France with the finest leathers, gemstones, 14k solid gold and sublime craftsmanship. At the heart of the brand’s commitment to giving back. For every band sold, Chalonne donates 4% of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Chalonne luxury Apple Watch bands are compatible with all series 1-7 and sizes 38mm – 41mm and 42mm – 45mm. For more information or to enjoy a Chalonne band visit https://chalonne.com or follow the brand socially via @chalonne.la.
About Carlye Morgan:
CEO and designer Carlye Morgan founded Chalonne in her mission to evoke artistic expression in a technological market. Her wanderlust has allowed for visionary inspiration while studying abroad in Rome, as well as her years of experience drawing and painting. Each band is a metaphor of her personal experiences through travel. All of her designs are imbued with a sense of time and place, starting with the locale of inspiration, to the design in Los Angeles, to the artisan craftsmanship in France.