Manual vs Automatic

When it comes to watch movements, on the mechanical side of things there are two options: manual wound movements, and automatically wound movements.

But, which are better?

And while the short answer is "it depends", I'd say that for the most part, most people would in general terms assume automatic is better. After all, its "automatic". It's something that takes care of itself and isn't that always better or at least considered more "high end" or "luxurious"?

There are many examples of this.

For example, think of how cool those blinds are that no only open and close automatically with a push of a button, but you can even set them to automatically open and close based on the time of day!

Or, how about the latest in thermostats, something like the Nest, which literally learns your temperature preferences as you change the temperatures throughout the day/week, then automatically learns those behaviors and takes over, automatically making the adjustments on its own.

And of course, there are examples of the opposite. One that I can think of is the manual transmission vs. the automatic transmission. True automotive enthusiasts will always choose a manual gearbox vs and automatic one. Yes, the latest double-clutch systems found in high-end Ferrari's (and the like) takes things to a whole new level and appears to be 'automatic', but they're actually manual as well, but controlled by paddles and not a tradition gear shift.

So, how does this translate into watches? Manual, or Automatic?

I think this is one exception where it's a kind of draw, with one caveat:

There is something wonderfully beautiful in winding a watch.

The whole process of setting the time, date, etc., and then winding it ful