Designed by Black creatives and allies at Apple to celebrate Black history and culture, the Black Unity Braided Solo Loop is inspired by Afrofuturism, a philosophy that explores the experience of the African Diaspora through a narrative of science, technology and self-empowerment. It honours generations of Black people who have been seen and unseen, and symbolises the necessity for a more equitable world.
Featuring the colours of the Pan-African flag, the strap is created by weaving 16,000 recycled polyester yarn filaments around ultra-thin silicone threads using advanced precision-braiding machinery, then laser-cutting the strap to an exact length for a custom fit. It offers a soft, textured feel and is both sweat and water resistant. The strap is complemented by the Unity Lights watch face, with clock hands emitting light that changes dynamically throughout the day. The lugs are laser-etched with “Black Unity”.