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    Biggest watch design pet peeves

    After years of looking at watches I realized there's some things that immediately drive me bonkers when it comes to watch design. The number one thing though, has to be watch faces that don't have the dial covering the entire face. Maybe it's the engineer part of me, but when I see a watch with that design all I can think is "interface fail!". Plus I hate wasted space.

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    I spent how much and they couldn't even give me a whole dial?!

    A close second would be overly tall domed crystals. I hit my watch on enough stuff, please don't help me do it.

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    You've never banged your watch crystal on a doorframe? How about now?

    Anyone else? And please everyone keep in mind that one person's twitch inducing flaw is someone else's ideal masterpiece. This is all in good fun.

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    As far as dial designs go, I can't stand when subdials cut through numbers and numerals. It just screams afterthought and completely ruins a face for me.

    Someone once described date windows as punitive and honestly a lot of them feel that way. They can be done well, but they rarely are.

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    Radial flip dial is an insta-pass for me.
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    A date window with a color that doesn't match the rest of the dial!!! A lot of companies will create a really nice, colorful dial and then just slap a white date window on there with black numerals. It's distracting.

    Here is the perfect comparison between two almost identical watches from the same company. The first image is correct. The second is incorrect.

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    Radial flip dial is an insta-pass for me.
    What is a "radial flip dial?"

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    I dislike any desirable timepiece/ brand beyond my means. For all I care they might as well be nonexistent.

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    I really hate subdials that cut off numbers or markers. It just strikes me as lazy design work.
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    Re: Biggest watch design pet peeves

    Quote Originally Posted by ofted42 View Post
    After years of looking at watches I realized there's some things that immediately drive me bonkers when it comes to watch design. The number one thing though, has to be watch faces that don't have the dial covering the entire face. Maybe it's the engineer part of me, but when I see a watch with that design all I can think is "interface fail!". Plus I hate wasted space.

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    I spent how much and they couldn't even give me a whole dial?!
    It's a designer term called "white space", in order to make something balanced, one needs enough empty space to make the individual features stand out, but still come together as a whole visual experience.

    Granted, the individual design features are placed somewhat chaotically in that piece, but to me, that asymmetry is what makes it beautiful. The only item I think has too much visual impact is the date, but modify that and I think the rest of the piece would diminish and fall, as the date balances against the miniature clock face that indicates the hours/minutes.
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    Re: Biggest watch design pet peeves

    Quote Originally Posted by OnyxNight View Post
    As far as dial designs go, I can't stand when subdials cut through numbers and numerals. It just screams afterthought and completely ruins a face for me.

    Someone once described date windows as punitive and honestly a lot of them feel that way. They can be done well, but they rarely are.
    Also not a fan of partial numbers. If the sundial is there, lose the number. Or replace it with a ‘pip’


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