Time Keepers: The 10 Best Apple Watch Docks and Stands

Aug 19, 2015

Category: Tech

Apple products are always backed with a huge amount of hype, and nowhere was that more apparent than the clamor that surrounded the Apple Watch. It transfixed early adopters as being a game-changing smartwatch that would bear the Apple seal of quality, along with the inflated Apple price tag. While the disciples of Mac and the general populace can debate all day about whether or not it’s actually worth the money, there’s one area that nearly everyone can agree: The watch looks striking. That means when you store it for charging, your Apple Watch dock stand should be equally attractive.

There’s no point in having an artful timepiece if you can’t show it off. You can’t just shamefully plug it in at the end of the day like it’s some ordinary rechargeable battery. You should have the option to display it proudly. Let it dazzle others even when its away from your wrist. A man’s home is his castle, and an his watch stand should reflect the harmonious melding of the user’s style and his device. Make your watch’s house a home with one of the 10 best Apple Watch docks and stands in existence.

Griffin Technology WatchStand

Griffin Technology WatchStand

Pro: Cord can be curled inside stand post
Con: High profile

Tall Order: As the competition tries desperately to make their Apple Watch stands as demure as possible, Griffin Technology has decided to create a pedestal that puts your timekeeper above the fray. You’ll never again hunt for it beneath the detritus of your desk, as this sits tall and proud, like a pharaoh’s throne. The base bears a slight lip at the bottom and the post is flat-fronted so that you can rest your phone against it without fear of it sliding off when pressed, keeping all your tools in easy reach. [Purchase: $25]

Twelve South HiRise

Twelve South HiRise

Pro: Works with any band
Con: Non-adjustable viewing angle

Travel Companion: A surplus of docks offer simplicity, but it is often deceptive. To achieve their scant style and build, they often need to incorporate elements that add weight, heft, and bulk. Doing this makes them ill-equipped for the jetsetter who requires a stand that can go with them anywhere. The metal base of the HiRise is quality without being oversized or burdensome so that modularity is enhanced. The elevated stage allows for easy interaction with your watch from any angle. [Purchase: $50]

Native Union DOCK

Native Union DOCK

Pro: Horizontal and vertical positioning
Con: Clunky, boxy appearance

Sidearm: Whether you choose the sport, the classic, or bring your own band for the Apple Watch, it will easily wrap around the mounting arm of the DOCK for a secure fit and hold. The arm of the DOCK isn’t static and can be rotated around to give you the ideal viewing angle whether you’re using it at your desk or lying in bed. It’s ambidextrous for easier placement, so don’t feel constrained if you prefer to keep it on your southpaw side or need to lean to the right. A weighted base keeps the otherwise small and light body from tipping over or being jostled askew. [Purchase: $50]

Nomad Apple Watch Stand

Nomad Apple Watch Stand

Pro: Extremely discreet cord threading
Con: Costly though very simplistic

Post-Modernism: Clean lines define the Nomad as a piece of CNC-machined art. It is built from a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminum with a high friction rubber foot to hold it in place. Due to the swooped construction, copper is added in to create ballast so that it isn’t easily tipped. Unlike other Apple Watch stands which require the watch be unclasped, it’s just as easy to slip this on and off for quicker mounting and easier retrieval in a rush. Unmatched if you go with one of the metal, fixed loop watch bands. [Purchase: $60]

BLOC Power Bank

BLOC Power Bank

Pro: Slender and unobtrusive
Con: Must be recharged to function

Unfettered: One of the biggest problems with recharging any piece of equipment is the dangling, unsightly, slipshod morass of cords. The Power Bank makes those a thing of the past. A battery is slipped into this slim silver wonder that can give you five full charges before you need to plug it in. This makes it a stand that serves a purpose beyond its striking appearance. Ideal for use on a modern desk where minimalism is key. [Purchase: $60+]

Rest Composure Collection

Rest Composure Collection

Pro: Parts can be purchased separately
Con: Requires a large amount of space

Construction Set: If you so choose, you can just purchase the stand and charging dock for your Apple Watch, but when you can also get a cork-lined phone bed and general organizer, why would you? Each of the Composure Collection’s pieces connects to the other magnetically, giving you the option to arrange it however you like, whether split apart or snapped together. Made from walnut, the exterior has a dark, understated appearance that also allows you to hide your wires underneath for less clutter. Use whatever phone or phablet you prefer, this doesn’t suffer from being an “Apple Only” club. [Purchase: $68+]

Moxiewear APPLE WATCH DOCK DUO

Moxiewear Apple Watch Dock Duo

Pro: Specialized gap for fitting watchband
Con: Not intended to work with older Apple devices

All Purpose: If you’re one of those neophytes that only owns an Apple Watch, then the Dock Duo is going to be nearly useless for you. It is a simplistic stand that is made to give you a single charging station for all your Apple devices. Conversely, fans of the brand will soon find that their iPhone 5 and 6, their iPad Air, and their iPad Mini will also work with this piece. Adjust the height depending on your needs, and use it along with your Lightning connector cable to juice up your whole armada of Apple gear. [Purchase: $70]

Timber Catchall for Apple Watch

Timber Catchall for Apple Watch

Pro: Foldable when not in use
Con: Only offered in wood designs

For Woodsmen: Crafted by hand out of a single piece of American walnut, African mahogany, or cherry wood, the Catchall is a masculine throwback that looks as good in a modern home as a hunting lodge. It will showcase your Apple Watch and fit any iPhone snugly beside it, or offer a place for your day planner. A niche for keys, jewelry, and other small accessories add flexible utility without increasing space consumption or footprint. [Purchase: $99]

Calypso Timeless Moment

Calypso Timeless Moment

Pro: Can be hung over chair arms
Con: Leather must be cared for appropriately

Arc de Triomphe: Inside the arched body, the connecting cable is artfully and surreptitiously hidden, yet ever ready to charge by draping the watch across it. Crafted with Italian leather in four distinctive colors, the look is stylized and elegant, soaked in refinement. There’s no special features beyond the nominal footprint, but it doesn’t require any. [Purchase: $129]

NuDock Power Station

NuDock Power Station

Pro: Non-slip rubber bottom
Con: Lamp cannot be adjusted

Total Package: You get so much more with the full NuDock setup than you would from any ordinary Apple Watch dock. A smart LED lamp sits over top of a base with dedicated places for your iPhone and your watch, able to charge both with no added accessories needed. A separate and portable battery gives you the option of taking a backup charge with you, should you find your watch needs a little extra jolt during a long day. [Purchase: $149]

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