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Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

Recently, Apple quietly released a new accessory for the Apple Watch that is the “Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock,” and I think it is something most people who have an Apple Watch will want because it is finally a native way to turn the Apple Watch into a rather handy clock for your desk or bedside table. As ironic as it sounds, the Apple Watch actually serves very well as a little alarm clock if you don’t plan on wearing it all the time on your wrist.

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

Allow me to also mention that on the Apple Watch here is a rather nice third-party Alligator leather strap from London-based Bianca Mosca. Apple offers a range of very high-quality straps for the Apple Watch, but of course, the beauty of this and many other Apple products is the universe of third-party accessories that allow people to further personalize their items (think of the world of iPhone cases). Bianca Mosca is a recently revived label that claims to specialize in a range of items made from mostly Louisiana Alligator.

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

The Bianca Mosca Apple Watch Bands currently come in 10 colors for the 42mm and 38mm Apple Watches with matching metal hardware in either steel, yellow gold tone, or rose gold tone. This one is the “Blue Jeans” colored alligator strap, and according to Bianca Mosca, all of their Apple Watch straps are produced in France.

Personally, I like this strap a lot. I don’t believe the hardware is official Apple OEM, but it fits the Apple Watch fine, and the supple, flexible alligator strap is just how I like it with no seams or stitches on the exposed surface. The strap is also not stiff, which means it is comfortable from the first time you wear it. This also means that after constant wear you’ll eventually need a new one (1-2 year lifespan depending on how often you use it, in my opinion) but the result is something a lot more comfortable than more durable but stiffer straps.

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

One of the interesting pieces of feedback I got while wearing the Apple Watch on this alligator strap is some people saying “it finally looks like a real watch.” I think the implication is that the look of Bianca Mosca’s colorful alligator lends itself better to the contemporary trends we see in traditional watch straps that compliment many of the more conservative leather choices offered directly by Apple. Anyhow, it is a nice strap, and I feel that Bianca Mosca did a good job in making an attractive range of alligator straps which are currently officially missing from Apple’s own range of Apple Watch bands.

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Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

Moreover, given the issues of transporting certain animal skins and CITES concerns, I don’t believe Apple will ever officially offer alligator or other exotic-skin straps for the Apple Watch, so consumers interested in these products will have to turn to a smaller boutique operation like Bianca Mosca. Price for their alligator Apple Watch straps is $375 each, no matter the size or color.

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

Going back to the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, I am happy Apple released this since it was an item that, in my opinion, was missing from the original Apple Watch kit. When you get an Apple Watch, it comes with a small magnetic plate which serves as the charger. This plate is not removable from the USB cord and is designed so that the Apple Watch can only be charged while in the face-up position. Also, the included charger doesn’t weigh very much, so it is easy to fall on the floor and doesn’t offer too much protection to the Apple Watch.

Of course, if you get a gold Apple Watch Edition, it comes with a travel case that also doubles as a charger. But in that case, you can’t really see the watch dial from the side very well when it is charging, so it doesn’t really do the same thing as the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock.

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

Why did Apple release this new Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, exactly? Well, it serves a few purposes. One, it allows for a more secure charger that helps prevent the Apple Watch from getting scratched or possibly being knocked over. The doughnut-style base is weighted so that it does not move around easily. The charging disc itself can be used either flat or in a turned-up position. This latter position lends itself to making the Apple Watch a handy clock.

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

In the Apple Watch OS2 operating system, Apple introduced the new “Nightstand mode” (more from Apple there), which automatically activates when the Apple Watch is first placed in a horizontal position and when it is charging. The face automatically shifts to a horizontal clock mode and allows for alarm clock-style operation with a snooze feature. You can even set an alarm from the Apple Watch (or your iPhone as well). Currently, Apple doesn’t offer any customization for Nightstand mode, meaning you can’t change the clock face or colors, currently in green. Other than the time, you get to see the day of the week and date, battery charge indicator, as well as whether or not the alarm is activated. The snooze timer is preset for nine-minute intervals.

Apple Watch As A Desk Clock With New Official Magnetic Charging Dock Hands-On

One of the more interesting elements of Nightstand mode is when the screen is on or off – and it makes me like how the Apple Watch acts as an alarm clock, especially for travel. I get very sensitive about light when I sleep, but I also need the time. I really dislike bright bedside clocks that are on all the time. In Nightstand mode, the Apple Watch display is not on all the time – but rather “comes to life” when activated in certain ways.

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  • As regards notifications whilst on night mode, some time ago Apple hired the Nokia guy in charge of photography for the Lumias. They just need to ask him how that function (as well as the “wake up” movement to activate the gadget) was implemented for Lumia phones in 2013; it was -and still is- called the “Glance” function. Fear not, when Apple makes it happen for the iPhone and their watch it will look as if they invented it. That’s what recently happened with the moving pictures on iPhones which this guy had invented for Lumias also a few years now.

    And as regards table clocks while I write (I have the same habit) please have a look at mine right now Ariel, it doesn’t need to be recharged or awaken. And then go to your room, grounded and ashamed :0)

    • Connie Chan

      Bianca Mosca Apple Watch Bands ?, Go ahead order one if you dont mind no proof it’s made from france, no Bianca Mosca’s logo in the strap, no indication of deluxe strap, just a shit.

    • tiger

      So, your watch does not need to wound or worn to work beyond 2 days?

      And your table “clock” has night illumination for you to see time at night?

      • Yes my watch does need to be wound every day to work. It is because it uses a mechanical machine (widely known as “hand-wound caliber”) the origin of which dates from the early 60’s if I’m not wrong, created by a company called Lemania. Omega changed it to caliber 861 which was basically the same but cheaper to make and then on 1996 changed this for the 1861 which is the same but rhodium plated. I believe this is the movement my watch uses. I am pretty sure my watch will have a life far longer than any smart watch (including the Apple watch) because the only update it will ever need will be changing summer/winter time and a change of oil every, say, five to ten years.

        Now, regarding the Omega having illumination for me to see the time at night. Yes, it does have it. It lasts for the whole night actually, and without a battery. Would you believe that.

        Also, if you wanted to make clear that you have no clue about watches and just came here to troll and show what a sorry ass Apple fanboy you are, well I think you are to be congratulated. You succeeded.

        • tiger

          Well, why are you even reading this article?

          Now, lets not get ahead of ourselves here…your illumination is what? Tritium (if old) or one of the newer Luminova/superluminova. Tritium lasts about 7-10 years of optimal brightness before needing REPLACEMENT? Luminova suck donkey balls…we all know that! And needs to recharge for it to be optimal for 2-3 hours. With Luminova, please don’t BS with me about lasting the whole night! I am a watch lover as you…maybe even more so! So, yeah, i know about the little gritty details of watches. I have current 3 mechanicals…and have owned numerous, including being the 1st one to own the original Omega with 2500B movement in Florida back over a decade ago.

          So, you have to wound your mechanical daily. OK, yet, you criticize something else for something that is daily too. Hypocrites and their statements! LOL

          My Apple Watch can easily lasts 1.5 days…and if i go into power reserve mode, it can lasts 5 days or more b/w charges.

          What makes you think that my Apple Watch won’t last 10 years or more? List your reasons.

          So, lets play…lets see who can run out of knowledge base about each other’s subject. 🙂

          • You have no idea about watches + you troll = end of this discussion. I bid you good day sir.

          • tiger

            Did I make too much sense? Running away now? Coward much?

            Next time, don’t assume too much.

  • Svetoslav Popov

    finally a purpose 🙂

  • iamcalledryan

    It almost looks like a watch with that strap!

    • Joel Schumann

      It is a nice strap! Still, my thoughts were the opposite: I think Apple has made a nice, if kind of small, bedside clock. The fact it can be used as a wrist watch too is a bonus, but it IS definitely a bedside clock.

      I also thought about a different aspect: Normally when you get exposed to something with a different aesthetic you get used to it, begins to accept it, like it. Not so with this one…

  • Lurch

    Makes me appreciate my traditional mechanical and quartz watches more. Thank you for helping me bond more with my non-smart watches.

    • I_G

      I hate quartz watches.

      • Lurch

        I’m sure but when you see my solar powered quartz watch, you’ll change your mind.

        • Svetoslav Popov

          I used to hate them too, but not anymore. I’d never spend more than a few hundred $ on a quartz.

  • Steven Eppler

    Man, I loath these things… Soulless POS marketed to a generation of slaves of the latest consumer tech. Nothing to see here…move on…

    • smoothsweeper

      As opposed to being slaves to marketing about “provenance” and “soul”?

      LOL if you believe the mechanical watch industry isn’t propped up by status purchases and disingenuous claims of historical significance.

      • DanW94

        In all fairness, mechanical watches do possess, by their basic design alone, a centuries old lineage. Agree that putting the year 1797 on the dial of your watch, without a whiff of traceable connection to the original makers except that you bought the rights to the name is a bit misleading.

  • DanW94

    This line in the article is telling, “It finally looks like a real watch”. Well, I could attach that cool strap to a pillbox and draw hands and numbers on it and say the same thing….still doesn’t bring it any closer to the real thing though.

  • funNactive

    I have the Moto 360 & its stock wireless charging cradle that comes in the box turns it into a desk clock – rather than an $80 wireless accessory.
    I wear the watch @ work for silent notifications & put on a Swiss watch as soon as I get home.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I really should just skip commenting on anything to do with the ” smart ” watch market……..but i can’t. Whatever new innovation that the Apple ( and others ) come up with to sell their tacky , lifeless, soulless ” watches ” just compel my aggravation about the whole thing, When i see someone with one of these monstrosities to their wrist i dont think ” there goes a forward thinking feller with his finger on the pulse of modern day living “, i just think ” what a dick “

    • smoothsweeper

      Take it easy man

    • Steven Eppler

      LOL…pretty much..

    • tiger

      Ignorance and fear of something you don’t understand run deep with this one….

      You think most owners of high-end mechanicals care about or understand the gears and hairspring inside it? Or do you think that most buy it for prestige and to show off?

      So, yeah, your ignorance on the matter classify you as a “dick”…almost by definition, no?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Absolutely not. To assume that most people with the money to spend on fine mechanical piece don’t understand what they have and why they want it shows your ignorance.(Granted some do ). To assume that I am ignorant of that fact without knowing a single thing about me only goes to you sir in a very unfavorable light.

        • tiger

          Wanna bet that most Rolex and Omega owners have no idea what their movement is?! You think TAG owners know what caliber they have inside or that their movement came from ETA? You think that Omega co-axial owners know that their 2500 came from ETA 2892? Or that there are different types of 2500 calibers?

          Oh no, i am certainly not ignorant in this conversation.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            With respect, you must nuts , am hardly likely to go back on my last statement regarding this issue, nor am I willing to continue on this line of conversation. Cant someone buy a timepiece ignorant of the most intricate parts of the movement ?. That’s like saying I like trains , but to enjoy the ride even more I need to know the model number. In the words of Judge Judy, ” this case is now closed ” ……..oh, and happy new year.

          • tiger

            Go to local pawn shop and ask how many folks sell their mechanicals bc it stops after 40 hrs! You will be surprise!

            Again, why do you naturally assume someone with Apple Watch to be a dick? Because they want to show off their $350 prized possession? Bc they have no idea what a watch is? Hint…it is not expensive to be a show off device! If you do find one, then I can show you 10 mechanical owners who bought their watches to be cool and to show off!

            That’s my point. You assume shit about others yet fail to see your own ignorance and arrogance. Kinda stupid, don’t you think?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Sir, your arrogance astonishes me. When folks sadly get to the point of pawning what they have, at that point do you really think they care about the finer details of the piece, just how much they can get for the item. I reserve the right to call anyone a dick irrelevant of who might disagree with my point of view. In my book anyone that buys a ” smart ” watch does nothing to further the world of Horology. Let this be the end of the matter.

          • tiger

            Lol. Why? Because watchmakers are scared? Good! It will push them to innovate!

            World of Horology…furthered by superficial folks who buy a Rolex for status??!!

            Get real dude. And yes your arrogance is stupid…but you knew that already.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Can I be a dude at 47 ?

          • tiger

            Sorry, i mis-spoke…let me correct my glaring mistake…”Get real DICK.”

            So, Horology is being furthered everyday by buyers of Rolex and gals with diamond-studded mechanicals, right?

            OR, could it be that smartwatches are getting younger folks (who do not wear watches) interested in watches and that this will lead to them buying traditional watches as alternatives to smartwatches?

            I have both…for me, i prefer my Apple Watch…our mechanicals are collecting dust.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Then to be blatantly honest, you shouldn’t be on here if you have no interest in Horology and prefer a small laptop wrapped you your wrist.

          • tiger

            I have all kinds of watches from mechanicals to Seiko kinetics to smartwatches.

            If you think all who wears smartwatches as DICKS then why did you even bother reading this article AND making stupid comment above???

            Again, your stupid arrogance is profoundly inappropriate and shows your ignorance and character.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Good Grief !

          • tiger

            I agree…you need to examine yourself first before labeling others.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            You, are like a dog with a bone ! . I will comment , and at times ” label ” some folks as is my prerogative in a democracy. I am making no further comment on this matter.

          • tiger

            Then, get ready to be called out for your stupidity and ignorance every single time. Sorry. If you cannot take the criticism to your fragile ego, then don’t make stupid comments in the first place. Fair?

            It is also my prerogative in a democracy to read this site, right? Why did you comment that i should not be on this site? LOL You see, i can do this too!

    • Alice Andreassian Julius

      And “I think” you are a colossally ignorant, judgmental dick .

      • Raymond Wilkie

        7 months ! , really, you just couldn’t let it go ?

  • smoothsweeper

    Looks great. Would love this for my smartphone though.

  • spiceballs

    Very nice strap, but the $! The Apple watch changer accessory is like my Samsung S6 phone charger (just a bit fancier) and another way to raid your wallet? They are good tho’.

  • demonkorp

    Much better looking stands than these have been available on ETSY fo a while now…. But hand made, usually from recycled wood, and the profits going to the craft person, not global evil corp.

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