Say what you will about the first generation Apple Watch but if you plan to use it, you’re going to need to recharge it overnight so it has power for the new day. That’s not a big deal — plug in the magnetic connector cable that’s getting power from an AC adapter, put it on your nightstand..oh yeah you can’t see it when it’s lying flat or ensure it won’t get knocked onto the floor from an errant sleepy hand. That’s where the xylum Apple Watch Charging Stand comes in: to hold the watch safely while it charges. And to keep it looking good too.
The xylum is all one piece of machined metal (aircraft graded aluminum) with a nice heft and a strong silver color, accented by a matt body finish with polished chamfered edges. The Apple Watch fits inside the space provided as the xylum is put down on its side like a tire, with the bottom band going around and down and into a bottom hole. But unlike a tire the xylum won’t roll away — the weight distribution being such that the watch’s face stays at the front regardless of your swiveling the stand around.
The xylum is also too heavy to slide across a surface like a nightstand and dive-bomb to the floor (which is a really good thing when you consider the Apple Watch isn’t cheap). Keeping the watch safe is also aided by an interior channel that’s been cut for the express purpose of having the magnetic charging cable be inside. So the cable goes into the xylum from the bottom and snakes around inside until it meets the Apple Watch’s power port. But you don’t see any of this.
Part of the design is based on the fact that the watch, once in position, will help to orient the stand so that the face is projected forward and upwards for easy viewing. This is aided by two rubber inserts which help keep both watch and cable in place snugly
The xylum Apple Watch Charging Stand comes in a choice of three colors (silver, slate, black) which are all priced similarly at $49.99. Those who own this smart watch know that you don’t toss it on a surface when charging — you give it a place of honor and protect it from damage while it charges. This stand does all that.