DoctorIvey wrote:Amen, brudduh. I'd just like to add that anything that can be done to make it different, for whatever reason, (e.g. bars over the crystal, movement that runs backwards) is a big bonus. I want large groups of strangers to point and say "Hey look at that guy!" My latest purchase is a 55 mm chrono with a low-oxygen complication. Even though it's big, weighty, and looks extremely odd, I'm looking for something even different. The bezel is large, see, so it plays smaller than it is. That chocolate dial though? Stunning.
When I first started casting about the intertubz for info on watches I was told any sort of collection would benefit from something called a "theme".
I naturally latched onto "gimmicky" as a theme starting with an IK Coloring Ghost / Mystery watch that flashed its guts as two polarized crystals went into and out of alignment. However two problems prevented the theme from even getting started.
First, an Inspector Gadget theme can get expensive. The IK Coloring was OK, the Croton flashing casino light timepiece wasn't bad but the Thomas Prescher triple-axis floored me and the Urwerk UR-110 kicked me while I was down.
Second, few if any of the really gimmiked-up pieces were available in day-glo colors with case sizes over 60mm. As you've noted, size and weight are needed in order to assure random strangers stop, point and gawk at one's timepiece. Comes in handy too if you're ever tossed into the drunk tank with a dozen pissed off bikers. Ordinarily my pot-bellied, caved-in chest self would be concerned over how I would be accepted but if you're wearing a sub-aqua-bite-me arsenal hunter russian canteen with manly strap things go just swimmingly.
Makes you wonder why Audemars Piguet wasted a half-century setting one "smallest / thinnest" record after another. Some people just fight progress - how long did it take before a Bond Street tailor would even make you a brown suit? Lookit all the business they lost. Now they'll make you a zoot suit with a reet pleat in any color of the rainbow - some in spandex. We've come a long way.