Kent Wang Bauhaus
Old-school, high-end mechanical watchmakers are cringing at what League City, Texas-based Kent Wang is offering in terms of automatic wristwatches. The Bauhaus is a well-made, no battery, power-it-yourself timepiece -- your movement powers the watch -- for just $350, which makes this a throwback to mechanical watches at a reasonable cost. Wang deserves real props for making a non-digital watch more people can afford. I liked the clean, easy-to-read face and the surprisingly good quality for the price. You will find some discussion among watch snobs as to just how much of a knockoff this Asian-made movement is. But at these prices, this watch geek is not complaining.
Even better, you can reliably order one online and it comes in a nice gift box, which makes this the impulse timepiece for the year.