Would also be better in a case sized for the movement (or with a movement sized for the case - it can't be that hard to spread the subdials out if you are willing to thicken the movement with an extra layer.).
Sorry. I was distracted by the contrast between your full on puffery when you were getting paid and your studied criticism when you weren't so I did not read your post enough times to understand how perfectly consistent it all is.
^ That is awesome as a weird limited edition. It is kind of the perfect design for something like that. Quirky. Techinicaly impressive. Perfect for someone who has lots of other watches but likes owning something unusual.