I think you're their target demographic...
I agree that it's less hideous that other "smart" watches. But still more hideous then a watch. :)
To Mr Mezentius' question, I've tried to go through a logical search:
- $3000-$4500 (There are cheaper, like the Junghans, but it seemed to me that you really wanted this to be a purchase of a certain magnitude)
- respectable maker that isn't Rolex
- steel case
- 36mm-39mm in diameter
- a dress watch (or possibly a chrono, but no bezels etc)
I give you:
Nomos, as suggested above: the 40mm Zurich ( *love*) is very minimalist Bauhaus, but the interesting dial colours might appeal. If not, possibly the Tangomat for more visual interest on a white dial.
Omega: the Constellation is very distinctive, although personally not my taste. The Aqua Terra I like, and plenty of options in your range. But I think the one for you might be the DeVille Prestige with the power reserve: has the interesting subdials like a chrono, but not too fussy and definitely a versatile dress watch rather than a dressy sports watch.
Zenith: the Port Royal, probably. I like the blue one.
IWC; The Spitfire Type XVI is around at your price. Small by IWC standards, and works both smart and casual I'd say. Very watch-cred maker for that money.
Chronoswiss: interesting maker that was mentioned recently. The Regulator is interesting, I just saw one in this price range.
Unless you really want a dress-ish chronograph, in which case you have the Chronoswiss Classic Chronograph, that I think is quite smart.
Really good summary with some not so common recommendations.
Mezentius, this is a budget stretch, but I'm wondering if it appeals to you in terms of aesthetics. Not as austere as the Junghans or Nomos, but pretty simple in the overall scheme of things:
The Zenith Captain is also a very nice all-rounder:
Thanks, @Cleav. I'm truly gifted at shopping with other people's money. Having said that...I am seriously weighing a very modest addition myself, if I sign my new contract tomorrow...
@RogerP I think the Captain is cool too. This would be my pick of the Omegas, though:
And I really was drawn to this Chronoswiss:
Like the pocket square and suit combination. Really sharp!
Love the IWCs from this period. Very cool case shapes. Is the bracelet original to that watch...if so very nice find. I don't think I've seen one on a mesh bracelet before. The few I've seen are on straps or bracelets with larger links.
Yes, definitely an odd piece. I saw one in YG many years ago....which looked even worse.