Best kitchen timer we ever had was a wind-up one made in Japan. It felt like solid metal, had a heavy, very sturday feel to it, had a long loud ring, and had a strong magnet built into the back. It was nicely designed too. We stuck it on the range hood, where it never got misplaced. Sadly when I moved out of the house, my mom wouldn't part with it (but she was willing to part with me)
Then I bought this light-weight timer from Starbucks in the form of a Starbucks coffee cup. It was so cute on the kitchen counter but it conked out after two uses. It was made in China. And so were the two other timers I've bought since. Luckily the last one is still holding out. I'm always in search of that Japan-made timer. But all timers I see now in the market are made in ... guess? China.