Wall clocks tend to be either ornate or overly utilitarian. Braun's BC17 lands right in the middle. It has an easy-to-read dial layout with light san-serif numbers set against a dark background. Its hands are powered by a quartz movement, including the yellow-tipped second hand that silently sweeps across the clock face, tick-free. It's housed behind a semi-tempered glass lens and runs on a single AA battery (not included).