What's the best Apple Watch face?
The watch face is probably where you'll start tailoring the watch to match your taste, and right now, there are ten interchangeable faces to choose from.
Simply use Force Touch - essentially a firm press - on the face of the watch and you'll be taken to a gallery mode where various faces are listed. From there, you'll get the option to select one, with a few faces allowing further customization choices.
Some like Color and Simple look similar but remain unique with their varied functions. Then there's Motion which is gorgeous and worth flicking your wrist all the time to see a new moving image, even though it only tells you the time and date. More will be added over time with software updates - though they'll all be created in-house by Apple.
With all the different, pretty options, it's difficult to pick which one is the best of the bunch but we've made a list of the current Apple Watch faces and rated them from worst to best based on functionality, originality and beauty.
If all you really want to see is the time displayed, then X-Large is the way to go. The colon on the left hand side pulsates, which is a neat little trick but other than that, it's even simpler than the Simple watch face because it doesn't have the ability for any add-ons.
The most you can do is change the color of the numbers.
Select customize from gallery mode, then use the Digital Crown to scroll through the eight color options: pink, purple, light blue, lime green, yellow, orange, red and white.
Modular is the watch face you see first after the set up process. It's an odd choice since it's the least flashiest and looks more like a boring planning tool, but if you want your wrist to pack a lot of info with a modern visage, Modular's the perfect one.
Aside from changing the color, five slots are provided for interchangeable information which consist of the: date, calendar, moon phase, sunrise/sunset, weather, fitness summary, alarm, timer, stopwatch, battery life, world clock and stocks.
Select customize from gallery mode, then choose one of eight colors with the Digital Crown. Swipe left and populate your five modular pieces.
Color lets you choose eight different shades and four different watch face additions in each corner, or none if you just want a simple clock.
The date, moon phase, sunrise/sunset, weather, fitness summary, alarm, timer, stopwatch, battery life and world clock can be interchanged.
Monogram even displays your initials in the middle of the watch though you can leave it blank.
Select customize from gallery mode, then choose one of eight colors with the Digital Crown. Swipe left and populate your five information slots. The hour and minute hand color cannot be changed.
Motion is perhaps the most magical Apple Watch face you can choose.
It took over 24,000 shots and 285 hours for Apple to show a single flower blooming for every instant you raise your wrist. There's a set of lovely butterflies (perhaps ten and counting) stretching their wings, flowers blooming and jellyfish slowly gliding.
Beyond the time and two variations of date, this face mostly focuses on the moving image.
Select customize from gallery mode, then choose one of the three moving images with the Digital Crown. Swipe left to choose whether you want to display the date or leave it blank.
Like Astronomy, Solar is another hidden gem. It keeps a low profile and doesn't let you add anything to the face but makes up by showing the various positions of the sun in addition to telling you how long it will be until sunset or how long ago sunrise was.
Simply move the Digital Crown back and forth to see what time the sun will be at a certain place, like noon or twilight. As it shifts, the face will subtly illustrate the time.
There are no extra customization options.
Simple actually allows for some intense customization. The sweep hand's color can be changed along with the numbering and detailing. Specifically, you can add more lines around the face for a busier look or go completely simple and have zero lines.
Again, you can add the following bits of info on the the four corners of the watch: date, calendar, moon phase, sunrise/sunset, weather, fitness summary, alarm, timer, stopwatch, battery life and world clock.
Select customize from gallery mode, then choose between four watch detail options. Swipe left to change the second hand color, swipe left again to populate the info slots.
4. Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse feels like another timeless clock face so it's nice to see it as an Apple Watch option. Apple even took it one step further and made sure this Mickey is tapping its toe once per second in perfect time with every other Mickey Mouse face on every other Apple Watch in the world.
Instead of just making it a fun little throwback to analog watches, this face can still host a few features.
Should you want more info beyond the Disney mouse, you can add the date, calendar, moon phase, sunrise/sunset, weather, fitness summary, alarm, timer, stopwatch, battery life, world clock and stocks.
Only the top two corners can be populated while the bottom shows an expanded view of one of the options previously listed.
Select customize from gallery mode, then populate the three areas with your preferred pieces of info.
Utility is exactly like Simple in concept. The second hand color can be changed and both the numbers and detailing can be minimized or amplified.
However, only the two to corners can be customized while the bottom provides one extended view of your chosen customization rather than taking up the bottom corners.
Again, the following are your options for Utility: date, calendar, moon phase, sunrise/sunset, weather, fitness summary, alarm, timer, stopwatch, battery life, stocks and world clock.
Select customize from gallery mode, then choose from four different watch detail options. Swipe left to change the second hand color and swipe left again to populate the four info slots.
Though the Astronomy watch face doesn't provide extra features, it's more functional than the other similarly, minimal faces.
It shows you the solar system and the exact position of the planets, sun and moon while displaying the day, date and current time.
Turning the Digital Crown moves time backwards or forwards causing the various planets to shift and spin. Pressing the crown resets it back to the normal time.
For even more fun, tapping the moon will show you the current lunar phase and turning the crown back and forth will show future and past phases. You'll get the same effect with the solar system where the crown will show you various planetary alignments.
There are no extra customization options.
This watch face looks quite a lot like a classic analog stopwatch and can be switched between various detailed faces to include even more precise time measurements. It also includes a stopwatch on the right corner, which can be activated right from the face instead of opening the stopwatch app.
There are seven colors you can choose to customize the face, though instead of the bright hues you find on the other options, Chronograph's are muted and range from forest green to navy or off-white.
Along with choosing what kind of calendar you want displayed, you can pop on other features for the three corners: date, calendar, moon phase, sunrise/sunset, weather, fitness summary, alarm, timer, stopwatch, battery life, stocks and world clock.
Select customize from gallery mode, then choose from four different watch detail options, or "Timescale" as it's called. Swipe left to change the watch face color and swipe left again to populate the four info slots.