Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch: Simply beautiful

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about some charging stands for the Apple Watch. Pad & Quill’s Timber Catchall is a solid wood beauty, the Duet Dock features a solid aluminum iPhone/Watch charging solution, as does the Night Stand Kickstarter project (which doesn’t appear to be making it into production...). Today I’m looking at the Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch (US$49.99), a compact and sturdy Watch charging stand that’s now shipping.

Design

The design of the HiRise for Apple Watch mirrors the angled look of the HiRise for iPhone and iPad. Made from aluminum in either a natural or black anodized finish, the HiRise weighs 0.4 pounds (189 grams) — enough to provide a solid base for your Watch as it’s charging. It’s 3.74 inches (95mm) high, 3.9 inches (99mm) wide, and 4.76 inches (121mm) deep. The aluminum piece that holds the Watch is angled at 73 degrees.

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch - rear view. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch - rear view. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Looking at the professionalism and polish of the Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch, it’s easy to see that “this ain’t their first rodeo.” This is a product that has been thoughtfully designed from the word go by a design team that understands Apple’s design language.

The HiRise uses your Apple-supplied charging cable, which snakes through carefully hidden channels from a circular cutout for the “puck”. A snap-on cover hides the cables while providing a soft surface for Watch bands to dangle onto.

Function

Setup of the HiRise is simple and straightforward, and Twelve South provides full and clearly written instructions in the typically classy packaging. A spare screw is provided (it’s used to hold the upright in place) as is an Allen wrench to install the screw.

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch in the box. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande, All Rights Reserved

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch in the box. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande, All Rights Reserved

The fit and finish of the HiRise is perfect, and it looks great sitting next to the HiRise for iPhone that I just so happen to use to keep my iPhone 6 Plus charged up.

Conclusion

The TwelveSouth HiRise for Apple Watch is now holding my Watch every night… right next to the HiRise that my iPhone is sitting on. I love the simple and elegant design of the HiRise, a charging stand that puts the emphasis on the Apple Watch while keeping cables neatly tucked out of sight.

HiRise for iPhone and Apple Watch. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

HiRise for iPhone and Apple Watch. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★