EDIT: I have eaten my words! While I still love more unique designs, I've been very much warmed up to the classic design. To see my change of heart, go to page 4. Otherwise, I've preserved my post in its entirety, because I think a lot of good posts resulted from it.
I might me opening up a can of worms here, but I'm going to speak up, just in case I'm not alone in this matter.
It seems to me that the quintessential dress watch looks similar to the examples Above. I know that all of these watches come from great manufacturers, use superb materials, and have unparalleled craftsmanship. I'd hazard a guess that most of you would love to own any of these pieces.
I wouldn't. Not even the Patek- I'd probably just sell it and buy a model that says something about me.
Knife hands. Plain case. Plain dial. Indices; no numerals to speak of. Minuscule second hand, if it exists at all. Dull, dull, dull, dull! I find it a bit frustrating that the majority of watch enthusiasts seem so enamored with this design. I find these watches skull-crushingly repetitive and boring. They don't even strike me as particularly graceful, and I wish people would wear things a tad more inspired. I'm not suggesting that we all don busy sports watches with our tuxedos either; just throw in a sub second hand, do something unique with the case or dial, change the hands from the cliche needles to something more unique, almost anything!
Any of these represent a wonderful compromise in my book:
Absolutely lovely, all of them!
I'm not asking anyone to change their opinion; I recognize that people are entitled to their own taste. But I am curious to see who is with me in this regard. Am I the only one who groans whenever I see the simplistic design that appears to have become the mainstay of the dress watch world?