So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

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    So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    In reading a lot of threads on this board I find myself surprised at the number of Posters that dislike many functions and busy watch faces.


    Aren't complications what excite us about these little machines?

    Dislike for Chrono's I see a lot.
    Dislike for Date windows.
    Dislike for anything but the simple it seems the majority on this board appreciate.


    Why don 't you like these functions?

    For me the complications are what make the watch.
    Perpetual Calendar
    Annual Calendar
    chrono's
    chrono's with date month day

    think about what goes into this. The makers are amazing.
    Here is an ok example in my book.

    Too busy for some. The prettiest piece I've ever seen in my eyes.
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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    I like to read the time easily. I like a functional watch as well, especially perpetual calendar.

    Unfortunately mechanical perpetuals are not only very expensive, but also cumbersome to set, which gets worse considering the PR of a few days.

    I like the atomic setting and syncing, solar charging, world perpetual chronographs available by Citizen and Casio. Well designed ones do all these with only two subdials and a date window:

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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    Quote Originally Posted by dilal View Post
    I like to read the time easily. I like a functional watch as well, especially perpetual calendar.

    Unfortunately mechanical perpetuals are not only very expensive, but also cumbersome to set, which gets worse considering the PR of a few days.

    I like the atomic setting and syncing, solar charging, world perpetual chronographs available by Citizen and Casio. Well designed ones do all these with only two subdials and a date window:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f67/oce...ew-763684.html
    I get the Time visibility. I have a Jaeger Perp that is tough to read time.
    Thats a good review of the Oceanus.

    Many Perps have clickers to set. It's not that tough. Some are hard.

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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    Interesting, as I think most prefer complications, unlike me. I'm thankful that I fall to the simple side, though, as it has saved me a lot of $ I'm thinking. For example, while I'm sure that Patek is certainly a fine example of horological genius, it wouldn't be worn if it were mine. And so I would never purchase it. I love a lot of "brands" but the further away their models move from basic, time only hand wounds, the further away my pocket book moves. Dunno why that is save for individual tastes and subjective perceptions. And thank goodness there is something to satisfy us all . . . .
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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    It really depends on the legibility of the dial, this Zenith Triple Date - Moonphase - Chrono is sweet. So is that Patek (insane price aside!). I like complications that are nicely executed.



    But you can make a mess of the dial, with or without complications (Invicta!).
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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    Quote Originally Posted by drhr View Post
    Interesting, as I think most prefer complications, unlike me. I'm thankful that I fall to the simple side, though, as it has saved me a lot of $ I'm thinking. For example, while I'm sure that Patek is certainly a fine example of horological genius, it wouldn't be worn if it were mine. And so I would never purchase it. I love a lot of "brands" but the further away their models move from basic, time only hand wounds, the further away my pocket book moves. Dunno why that is save for individual tastes and subjective perceptions. And thank goodness there is something to satisfy us all . . . .
    You are definitely not alone. Many here are alike. It's just hard for me to understand as these little machines full of energy and imagination blow my mind. The more the better.

    I don't fault the simple side. I agree. There is someone for every watch. Well most every watch.
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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    Plenty of people dislike simple designs too. Some say the calatrava is boring. Personally I can't generalise as much - I like some simple designs and dislike others. Same with complex ones - depends on the execution.
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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    I chose not to vote because indifferent wasn't an option. I own a chronograph which I love, but buy mostly divers which tend to be simple.
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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    I used to love subdials and a gazillion hands, but I'm moving towards just one thing: time. Correct, accurate time reading. I don't need to know the day of the week or the month. The day of the month is fine, but legible please though I prefer small date windows over larger ones. There's nothing wrong with simplicity. It just has to be executed well.
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    Re: So why so much dislike for watches with Complications.

    Complications are, to me, one of the greatest things about watches and I rarely find myself looking at a watch now unless there is a complication.

    Some watches though, such as the H Moser Monard are beautiful pieces that do nothing but tell the time.
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