What types of watch design give you a viscerally negative reaction (or positive reaction)?

So I was reading my email today and received the daily update from WatchTime. I opened the link saw this watch and my stomach literally heaved with negative reaction. 

Now I know we are all different - and I'm not judging this Isotope which will likely sell out in minutes, if not seconds, due to it being a "hype" watch. Some will be smitten with it and will joyously open their wallet and seek to buy one. 

But it made me curious if any watch designs/brands cause a physical reaction when you see them. For fun, let's make it a positive or negative reaction.

For example, when I saw the first images of the recent collaboration between Parmigiani and Revolution Watch for the Tonda PF, it made a flutter in my heart (not literally, but you know what I mean). That gorgeous salmon dial, the amazing movement, and the absolute class aesthetic of the complete design. Instantly I sent Bernard an email letting him know I wanted one when they became available (since there would only be 25 made). You can see for yourself whether it impacts you the same way - here's a wrist shot:

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So what watch designs hit you physically, either positive or negative, when you first see them?

My guess is that it is better for a watch to have that kind of reaction then pure apathy - as Oscar Wilde once said "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

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The thing that provokes a "Buy!" reaction for me is a chronograph, IDK why. I really have to force myself to not buy chronographs as I have 6 if you count the G-Shock. 

Not sure I have any immediate negative reactions as the element that might turn me off in one piece (bronze case, for example), might turn me on in another (RED-dialed bronze 🥰) when it is executed differently. 

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When Sinn announced their new coloured dialled 556's and my local AD sent me a pre release photo of them, I immediately sent him a reply and said " I'll have the blue one please and that was that. My eye's lit up like I was a kid at Christmas looking at all the presents under the tree.

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As for the other end of the spectrum it was on that very same website that I came across these and the look of the watch and the price just made me laugh 🤣 What makes it so unbelievable is they sold out quickly, some people have too much money and obviously a weird sense of humour.

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I don't like divers.  I appreciate Blancpain's clever solution for an easy to read, waterproof watch with a dial which can be used to keep track of decompression.  It is a very clever tool watch. Outside the water, I hate that large coin edged  bezel.  I dislike the utilitarian shape of the hands and the large indices.  I realize that they are made like that to hold lume and make the watch useable in darkness but I find the looks crude as compared to a fine dress watch with fancy script numerals and hands with curves and interesting shapes.

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UnholiestJedi

The thing that provokes a "Buy!" reaction for me is a chronograph, IDK why. I really have to force myself to not buy chronographs as I have 6 if you count the G-Shock. 

Not sure I have any immediate negative reactions as the element that might turn me off in one piece (bronze case, for example), might turn me on in another (RED-dialed bronze 🥰) when it is executed differently. 

As ChronoGuy you know there’s hardly a chrono I don’t love. I applaud the “Buy” reaction.

I‘ve just lost my appetite for more of the endless VK63/VK64 meca-quartz iterations like the Furlan Marri. Attractive but without that mechanical heart.

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TonyXXX

When Sinn announced their new coloured dialled 556's and my local AD sent me a pre release photo of them, I immediately sent him a reply and said " I'll have the blue one please and that was that. My eye's lit up like I was a kid at Christmas looking at all the presents under the tree.

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As for the other end of the spectrum it was on that very same website that I came across these and the look of the watch and the price just made me laugh 🤣 What makes it so unbelievable is they sold out quickly, some people have too much money and obviously a weird sense of humour.

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That blue is Sinn-fully gorgeous - congrats! Amazing looking watch.

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Velomax

I don't like divers.  I appreciate Blancpain's clever solution for an easy to read, waterproof watch with a dial which can be used to keep track of decompression.  It is a very clever tool watch. Outside the water, I hate that large coin edged  bezel.  I dislike the utilitarian shape of the hands and the large indices.  I realize that they are made like that to hold lume and make the watch useable in darkness but I find the looks crude as compared to a fine dress watch with fancy script numerals and hands with curves and interesting shapes.

Ah - pierce my heart with a stick.

I love the Fifty Fathoms! I find it to be the perfect dive watch - the first, the original, the classic that was immediately homaged by Rolex and many others.

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ChronoGuy

That blue is Sinn-fully gorgeous - congrats! Amazing looking watch.

I've been asked to sell it quite a few times already, but I'm not ready to let it go, even if I could sell it for double the price. I think it will be one of those watches collectors will regret missing out on later down the line. Myself I purchased it because 1. I love Sinn as a brand and 2. I could never afford the Rolex and to be honest I wouldn't buy one if I could, I would rather put that money towards a holiday for my family.

Hope your having a great day or night 👍

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ChronoGuy

Ah - pierce my heart with a stick.

I love the Fifty Fathoms! I find it to be the perfect dive watch - the first, the original, the classic that was immediately homaged by Rolex and many others.

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You say homaged and I say blatantly plagiarized.

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That would scare the fish away! For me, even if I had the money, I would never buy a Hublot. They look like cheap chunky fashion watches from a Sunday market. Just me. 

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I am not young anymore.  My vision is not great. For me it is not the Style of the watch. It't the daily and how easy it is to read.  I don't really love small watches.

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I really like the previous version of that isotope watch; the one that uses the colors of the standard "will return" sign. Not a fan of these new colors tho. 

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Negative reaction - vintage watches, “look at this gorgeous patina!”, “wonderful tritium lume (that doesnt work 🙄)”, “so much character”… Generally turns me off. Add unserviced watches to this criteria too
 

descriptions that emit positive reaction - anti shock, anti magnetic, titanium, water resistant, full set and “readily available to purchase”

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I got that Isotope watch 😂 

I’ve got loads of watches vintage and modern and  just fancied something fun. That is not a black dial dive watch or a gold dress watch (of which I own many) 

I guess it’s just different strokes for different folks… and far me it from me to yuk someones yum. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder etc etc…

One thing I will say the build quality is fantastic…rivalling my Tudor and Omega watches. 
 

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Pretty much everything that Zelos makes makes me go "Ewwww...". It's not that their watches are bad and I totally respect the way that they've made a splash in a relatively saturated market. But their tendency towards crude, meteorite-heavy, crypto-modernistic angularity never resonated with me in a good way.

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yeah, Ive seen that watch posted and discussed on some podcasts. It's not for me. I think it's the combination of colors and hand shape.. It just reminds of some playskool / fischer-price toy clocks.