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. Â No surprise, therefore, that today’s post came to be.
Now, who is this Kent Wang fellow, you might be asking? Â His company is primarily a men’s clothing (and accessories) company, labeling the store as a “modern haberdasher”. Â It’s in this vein that an automatic mechanical watch was added to the collection. Â 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. Â Even if it weren’t for the clean looks, this case thickness, for an automatic watch, would make me sit up and take notice. Â Now, what movement got tucked into keep the case that thin?
Here, we’ve got a very unknown quantity – it’s a BWAF automatic. Â 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. Â 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). Â And, should you have some extra wiggle room in the watch budget, you could upgrade to a cordovan strap for another $95. Â Either strap, though, and I think you’ve got yourself a great watch for the office here.