The Kent Wang Bauhaus Watch
If you’ve been following my posts for some time now, you’re no doubt aware that clean designs in thin cases really grab my eye. No surprise, therefore, that today’s post came to be.
Now, who is this Kent Wang fellow, you might be asking? His company is primarily a men’s clothing (and accessories) company, labeling the store as a “modern haberdasher”. It’s in this vein that an automatic mechanical watch was added to the collection. First and foremost, it’s a watch designed for a sharp appearance:
Inspired by the Bauhaus movement of the 1930s that first ushered in the era of modern architecture, this watch is the epitome of minimal design: no text whatsoever, no logos, no numerals, no luminous paint.
What this means, in practical terms, is that you’ve just got simple indices, blue hands, and a 10mm thick (42mm diameter) case. Even if it weren’t for the clean looks, this case thickness, for an automatic watch, would make me sit up and take notice. Now, what movement got tucked into keep the case that thin?
Here, we’ve got a very unknown quantity – it’s a BWAF automatic. Other than the fact that it’s Chinese-made, and has a date complication, there’s not a lot I can tell you about the movement. Of course, Chinese plants have been turning out some impressive movements as of late – so it’s definitely an interesting value proposition.
And, at $350 (here), it’s definitely got a lot going for it (including a sapphire crystal and 22mm leather strap). And, should you have some extra wiggle room in the watch budget, you could upgrade to a cordovan strap for another $95. Either strap, though, and I think you’ve got yourself a great watch for the office here.