Piaget Upstream: Underappreciated or Failure?

When I first learned of the Piaget Upstream, I immediately filed it away in that part of my brain where I keep all the watches that look interesting, but that I'd probably never buy. The novelty of this watch is the clasp, which is also serves as the bezel:

But whereas other watches in this category have since faded from my memory, this one has (for some reason) stuck around through the entirety of 2022. Now that we're about to cross over to the new year, I am considering making this my target for 2023, but I still can't decide if I am in love with the unique design, or if I'm just entertained with the idea of having a watch with such a unique clasp.

By all rights, this was a dud for Piaget. It never sold well, and versions can be easily acquired for much less than they originally sold for. But while a bargain when compared to other Piagets, it still commands thousands of dollars on the preowned market. Not too much to take a chance, but way too much for a piece that I may stop wearing when the novelty wears off.

What are your thoughts? Is this an underappreciated stainless-steel sports watch? Or way too far out there to be appreciated for anything more than a novelty?

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That's a pretty interesting design - I've never heard of this model before, and since I like rectangular designs, something about it appeals to me. I'd certainly want to see one in person before making a commitment.

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As above, interesting watch,love the bracelet idea no bulky clasp so doesn't catch on clothes ,no sure about adjustment 

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tempus

That's a pretty interesting design - I've never heard of this model before, and since I like rectangular designs, something about it appeals to me. I'd certainly want to see one in person before making a commitment.

That seems to be the general consensus with this watch, but difficult to find examples so it would likely be a completely blind purchase. 

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BlueDial

That seems to be the general consensus with this watch, but difficult to find examples so it would likely be a completely blind purchase. 

I'm not much of a risk taker, so I'm unlikely to ever personally know how this watch looks in person. My threshold for blind watch purchases would be around $1K. In the 4 years that I've been collecting, I've learned that watches tend to appear different in person than they do in photos or videos. Thankfully, they are usually more appealing in person, but there have certainly been some that have been a huge letdown. Based on the Chrono24 pricing, I'd personally want to do a considerable amount of research before a decision.