- Apr 12, 2001
Twelve South was one of the first companies to come out with an Apple Watch stand, announcing its HiRise for Apple Watch before the wrist-worn device even launched, but with watchOS 2, Apple introduced Nightstand mode, a function that required the Apple Watch to be placed in landscape mode on its side.
The HiRise isn't designed to be used in landscape mode, so as a result, Twelve South has come out with a second Apple Watch stand, the Forté. The Forté works in both portrait and landscape mode, so it's able to be used with Nightstand mode. Twelve South also worked with Apple on this design, so the Forté is one of only a handful of Apple Watch stands available in Apple retail stores.
When it comes to design, the Forté doesn't look very different from the dozens of other Apple Watch stands on the market, but it does boast high quality materials and a shape that's both versatile and attractive. It consists of a leather-covered weighted chrome base and a chrome arm that holds the Apple Watch charger.
The base is larger than the base of the HiRise, but it has the benefit of being a suitable spot to rest an open-loop band on. When an Apple Watch isn't on the Forté, or when it's used with a closed-loop band, it's the perfect size to hold an iPhone. On desks with little space, it's a nice little charging platform for both an Apple Watch and an iPhone. On the bottom, there's a silicone pad for some extra grip on a desktop or night stand surface.
Unfortunately, the Forté only comes in chrome with a black leather base, so it's not going to match well with all Apple Watch models, namely the Gold and Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport.
As with most Apple Watch stands, you're going to need to supply your own Apple Watch cable. There's only one stand on the market right now that has a built-in Apple Watch charging puck, and that stand comes from Belkin. We'll likely see more of those in the future, but for now, using your own cable is still a necessity.
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Article Link: Review: Twelve South's Forté is a Versatile Apple-Approved Stand for the Apple Watch