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Tested: The best Apple Watch stands

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Oct. 20, 2015
Which Apple Watch stand will win the place of honor on your nightstand?

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Credit: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

The Luxury Pocket Stand gets interesting when you fold it back up. The other piece of the stand also has a circular cutout for the charging puck and a groove for the cord—simply snap the stand shut with the cord inside, and you have a handy cord carrying case. When folded, the Luxury Pocket Stand even has dips on either side to make cord-winding easier. So if you’re traveling, this stand isn’t even an extra thing to pack—it’s a carrying case for your cord (though there’s nowhere to put the charging block). The Luxury Pocket Stand comes in American Cherry Wood ($80), Exotic Sapele ($90), or Premium American Walnut ($110), all of which feature a furniture-quality satin finish.

Best for metal bands: CalypsoCrystal Timeless Mount

CalypsoCrystal’s $150 Timeless Mount features a unique—and rather space-invasive—design. This arched stand looks more like a jewelry display than a charging mount, which makes it perfect for jewelry-like (e.g. metal) watch bands. That said, because it’s an arch, it won’t work very well for single-piece bands like the Apple Link Bracelet or the Monowear Silver Metal band.

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Credit: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

Style wise, it looks nice: The Timeless Mount is covered in Italian leather and features a slightly padded surface to cushion your Watch. However, style can’t save the Timeless Mount: Its design is problematic in a number of different ways.

To start, it’s large, at 8.5-inches wide and 4-inches high. My nightstand isn’t tiny, but this stand looked too big. It’s also not that easy to setup. At the center of the stand, there’s a hole for the magnetic charging puck, so Installing the charging cable should be theoretically easy. Unfortunately, I found it very, very difficult. I tried looping the cord through the hole and pushing the puck down from the top, but the hole was so tight that my puck got stuck at an angle. I tried pushing the puck up from the bottom of the stand, but again the hole was so tight that I couldn’t push it all the way up to the surface. Because the puck needs to touch your Watch in order for charging to commence, this didn’t exactly work.

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Assuming you can get the charging puck properly installed in the Timeless Mount—and that you have a surface large enough to accommodate this behemoth—this stand offers a unique design that may fit your aesthetic. The Timeless Mount comes in “Balance” (orange), “Calibre” (black), “Resonance” (cream), or “Cuvette” (Bordeaux red).

 

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