If you did as I told you and bought the Apple Watch Series 5 for Christmas – it was my favourite tech product of last year – you will very likely be wondering now what to do with it at night. Apple Watches, and not just the fancy new 5, have a very handy night-time or, as Apple calls it, “Bedside” mode in which the watch charges while you sleep, but also displays the time in big green numerals if you wave your hand near it.
But without a little stand beside your bed, this sleep-time mode isn’t too useful. The watch just kind of flops about on its strap. The best such holder I’ve seen, a beautifully handcrafted one, comes not from Cupertino but Walthamstow, E17, in the form of the Domino by a tiny startup, Anden. It’s an attractive little metal column with a wooden “wing” emerging from one side. In the middle of the wing is an opening into which you slide your Apple Watch charger. Each night, you plop the back of your watch onto the charger inserted into the wing and it becomes the perfect timepiece for the hours of darkness. It’s a continually satisfying fusion of electronics and craftsmanship that comes in brass or aluminium with a walnut or cherry wing.