Just do a quick images search for "high end watch complications" and you will see plenty of very expensive watches that commit the same supposed "design crime"
Watch complications are about showing off technical expertise (for the maker) and wealth (for the wearer). That has very little to do with the (admittedly moralistic) consensus about what good design should be.
I’m not trying to take in every piece of information on the watch at once.
I’m guessing the author of the article doesn’t own a smart watch.