Apple limits some of their watch face designs to certain Apple Watch models. For example, the Hermès and Nike editions of Apple Watches offer their own unique faces that can’t be accessed on any other Apple Watch. Or at least, not without an iPhone jailbreak…

iOS developer AppleBetas has been trying to port these faces to other models of the Apple Watch for quite some time, and he appears to be demonstrating success in his endeavors. As a result, the jailbreak tweak dubbed SpecialFaces is now in beta. If you’re wondering how to get the Hermès and Nike+ faces on your Apple Watch, this is how.

How it works

Once installed, the tweak modifies the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, making the Hermès and Nike+ faces available for use on any model Apple Watch you might have, whether it’s the standard stainless steel model, the aluminum Sport model, or the ceramic/gold Edition model, etc…

You can select the face you want to use, whether you opt for the Hermès or Nike+ option, or a stock option. They’re enabled in the same way you would enable any other watch face – by dragging them into the order you want. Once applied, it gets pushed to your Apple Watch and takes effect immediately.

The caveats

Limited support

While the unsupported watch faces are fully operational, the Hermès and Nike faces aren’t quite complete just yet. As you can see from some of the examples below, the numerals at the edges of the screen that help you to tell the time are missing from the Nike watch face (boxes are displayed in their place on the Hermès face), and some other minor imperfections are noticeable as well:

The developer cites that he’s looking into what could be causing this glitch and is keeping his fingers crossed for a fix, although he can’t guarantee that this will ever be fixed since the Apple Watch itself isn’t jailbroken and can’t be modified.

Regardless, the watch hands still move and most people know what a clock looks like, so it doesn’t really hinder telling time. Still, this may or may not turn you off from trying this tweak out for yourself. One could still theoretically tell the time even with the numerals missing just by judging the clock hands, so it’s more of an aesthetic nuisance than a time-telling issue.

Redundancy

Apple’s watchOS is designed with checks and balances to make sure the software is working right, so you might have to reapply the Hermès or Nike+ watch faces that you enable on your unsupported Apple Watch in this way from time to time. This can happen when you enter editing mode on the watch itself, or when you reboot the Apple Watch.

What happens is the unsupported faces “disappear” from the Apple Watch without any warning and the fix is to re-launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and simply set your unsupported watch faces back up again. You won’t have to uninstall and reinstall the tweak though, which is good.

This step to fix the problem will feel redundant, and honestly it might even feel cumbersome, but how often do you really edit your watch faces or reboot your Apple Watch anyway? Nevertheless, if you want the unsupported watch faces that badly, you’ll find a way to co-exist with the extra hassle.

Compatibility

One final ting to take note of is that this hack only works on Apple Watches with watchOS 3.0-3.1.1 installed on them at this point in time.

This is because you need an iPhone jailbroken on iOS 10.0-10.2 with Yalu to use it. The watchOS 3.0 release was made for iOS 10, the watchOS 3.1 release was made for iOS 10.1, and the watchOS 3.1.1 release was made for iOS 10.2. So these firmware versions are all supported.

Unfortunately if you have an Apple Watch running watchOS 3.2, then there’s no way for you to use this tweak with your jailbroken iPhone because this particular watchOS firmware requires iOS 10.3, which has not yet been jailbroken. If you try to pair your watchOS 3.2 device with your jailbroken iOS 10.2 or earlier iPhone, you will get an error like this one:

How to get the Hermès and Nike+ watch faces

If you’re still excited to try this mod out, then you can follow the steps below to get SpecialFaces:

1) Launch the Cydia app from your Home screen and go to the Sources tab.

2) Tap on the Edit button.

3) Tap on the Add button.

4) In the text field of the pop-up that appears, type in the following repository URL:

repo.applebetas.co

5) Tap on the Add Source button and wait for the repository to load into Cydia.

6) Now you can search for and install SpecialFaces from Cydia for free.

After installing and respringing, you can open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and try playing with your Apple Watch faces.

Conclusion

While the hack certainly isn’t perfect, it’s a step in the right direction. It’s especially surprising that it’s possible to do something like this without jailbreaking the Apple Watch itself.

There are a number of caveats to overcome to make the tweak work, but it’s an awesome proof of concept that you can use to show off to your friends or use to get the watch face you want without paying premium prices for the higher-end Apple Watch models.

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Will you be using SpecialFaces to enable unsupported watch faces on your Apple Watch? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

  • Steve Harold

    Love this tweak been wanting this for a long time! Thanks!

  • nova12

    I have a foolproof way to get the Nike+ faces on your watch: buy the Nike+ Apple Watch.

    • Kzboi

      What a stupid comment.

      • nova12

        You seem like a brain surgeon, yourself.

      • Kzboi

        Yeah because in an article about a tweak to get certain watch faces on an Apple Watch, I was the one who posted an ignorant comment and tried to sound like a smart ass. Gotta love the internet.

    • I don’t even.

      • nova12

        Well, I DO even. Tell me: how is this different than the piracy that everyone on this site and your last site complains about, and gets on their soapbox about?

        The Nike+ faces and the Hermes faces are proprietary code written by Apple devs intended for paying customers — customers who DO pay a premium specifically for those features, among others. Your first paragraph says it all.

        But here is a “tweak” that provides those features for free. So I guess we’re cool with the pirating app stores now, too?

        Or is there a difference that I’m missing?

      • nova12

        and I’ll grant that the Nike+ example is a more escoteric example (though legally the same, in my opinion).

        so think about the Hermes faces: is there a premium being paid by consumers for those faces?

        38mm SS Hermes with leather double tour band: $1299

        38mm SS watch: $549; Hermes leather double tour band: $489. Total: $1038

        By my math, that’s a $261 difference. Which is wholly, mostly, or at least partly for the Hermes branding on the exclusive faces, because unless I’m missing something, the specs on the SS Watch and Hermes watch are identical. But here you have a “tweak” that supplies that functionality/branding for free.

        Theft of something you like is still theft. And theft from rich people/companies is also still theft.

        Like I said, I could make the same argument for the Nike+ faces despite the pricing being the same, it’s just a more escoteric argument. But still legally sound, in my opinion.

        So like I said: the foolproof way of getting the faces on your watch is to buy the watch. Just like the foolproof way to get the paid app you want is to buy it. Taking either one of them for free is theft.

      • Steve Harold

        As long as no one profits from piracy I don’t see why it is so bad. If I wasn’t going to buy a Hermés watch anyways, then they aren’t losing any money.

      • nova12

        first, you’re diluting their mark. second — really, first sub (a) — the reason that people pay a premium for Hermes branding is its cache: not everyone can afford Hermes products.

        it’s not just a matter of someone profiting from the piracy: Hermes is being damaged by the theft.

        IOW, if you steal TVs from someone and you give them to charity, it doesn’t mean you didn’t commit theft.

      • nova12

        All of this said, I’m a securities lawyer, not an intellectual property lawyer. But I definitely remember enough of trademarks from law school to know that this is 100% illegal.

      • :D

        Sure you do…

      • nova12

        Like I said, I don’t do IP, so I’m probably using the wrong terms of art (dilution vs tarnishment vs infringement vs something else), but I am confident that this will result in liability 100 times out of 100.

        Look, you can do what you want — I’m not your dad and I don’t work for Nike or Hermès. I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy of the anti-piracy soap boxing vs the endorsement of this tweak.

      • Steve Harold
      • nova12

        am I? then how about you email the GCs at Nike and Hermès, and ask them if they’re cool with you using this tweak.

        Let me know what they say.

      • ravinigga

        Well… it’s not a app….

  • really excellent watch…

  • Hopefully he will be even smarter than this! And also get the right font in there!
    The Hermes Watch face is awesome!
    Yes I’m a cheapass ,I bought a fake Hermes watch band and it looks and is as good as the same…

  • Omkar Nagnur

    what about watch os 3.1.3? it runs on 10.2 as well

    • It works fine on watch OS 3.1.3

  • MrMaxandluka

    Will it work with iOS 9 on iPhone I’ve not upgraded my Apple Watch to support iOS 10.

    • Will not work for iOS9 because the tweak hacks Face Gallery on iPhone which was not available until iOS10

  • Christian Fuso

    you are absolutely sur any possibility to pair whit my 6s yalu 102 after i have before in my 7 whit ios 10.3 wathc os 3.2?
    tis point what you write any possibility to change the situation?
    “Unfortunately if you have an Apple Watch running watchOS 3.2, then there’s no way for you to use this tweak with your jailbroken iPhone because this particular watchOS firmware requires iOS 10.3, which has not yet been jailbroken. If you try to pair your watchOS 3.2 device with your jailbroken iOS 10.2 or earlier iPhone, you will get an error like this one:”
    please i havee whaiting tis tweak so long any have one idea what i can do?
    thank’s for your helping

  • Christian Fuso

    hell, very nice work, maybe you have possibility to change your tweak in a ipa like do pokemon go++ for have it whitout jailbreak? what you mean?

  • Did I read correctly it will not work with watchOS 3.2.3?

  • MCFreddie777

    Jailbreak for ios 11 and watchos 4 ?!