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Apple Watch Ultra gets a polished, garish design for $1,500

Apple has gone all out on the ruggedness aspect with the Apple Watch Ultra. It’s undeniably big, decidedly bold and loaded to the gills with features that extreme sports enthusiasts will appreciate. But one area where Apple hasn’t experimented much is design versatility. For a starting price of $899, the only color you can see on the case is a matte titanium finish. But that doesn’t mean a little blingy touch-up is out of the question.

Based in Arizona Billas Lux — which offers custom gold plating services for the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy smartwatches, bracelets and even iPhones — gave its signature polishing treatment to the Apple Watch Ultra. To take it a step further, the folks at De Billas Lux paired it with a matching link band displaying the raw look of polished silver metal.

Billas Lux

The combination looks as high-end as it gets and gives off the same metallic aura as the stainless steel trim on the Apple Watch. The polished case is an all-metal affair and even removes the orange highlight on the action button, leaving only the circular accent for the rotating crown, which actually provides a nice contrast and breaks up the monotony.

How was the polishing?

The jeweler showcased his latest artwork in a YouTube video and posted some photos on the official listing page. When Digital Trends reached out to De Billas Lux regarding the work needed to achieve the polished metal look, here’s what the team came up with:

We start by very carefully preparing the watch to be treated with an electrolytic solution in order to remove the paint and the previous finish. After that, we carefully start polishing the watch with our special equipment to achieve the mirror finish you see.

The set includes the Apple Watch Ultra, paired with the link bracelet seen in the photos, an Apple smartwatch charging puck, and an optional custom box. However, all that shiny Apple Watch Ultra goodness costs $1,499, which is nearly double the asking price of the smartwatch itself on the retail shelf.

Unfortunately, the jeweler won’t say if the process has any impact on the ingress protection offered by the smartwatch. However, if you’re worried about invalidating the warranty that Apple offers with its Ultra smartwatch, it’s best to steer clear of the polished bespoke model.

Removing paint from Apple Watch Ultra.
perezr10 / Macrumors Forum

If you’re feeling adventurous but not enough to spend a ton on a polished Apple Watch Ultra, it looks like you can remove the orange accent from the action button without visiting a fancy jewelry store and even giving it a brushed metal finish.

According to the images shared on the Macrumor forum, one user did just that using a Dremel. To be honest, the work here looks polished and the result is simply stunning. But again, don’t go into an Apple Watch Ultra DIY polishing project alone, lest you risk costly damage.

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