I just took a look at my Citizen watch that is titanium. Here is a link to the watch at a site:
On that watch, the horizontal surfaces are the typical grayish titanium look. By horizontal, I mean if the watch were laying flat on a table. The vertical surfaces are polished and resemble stainless steel.
As far as what I know, titanium is technically superior in every way. It is significantly lighter, significantly stronger, and more corrosion resistant. That's why I have 3 titanium watches. It is the "smarter" material.
But, I gave up on the "technically superior and smarter" philosophy once I turned my back on quartz in favor of mechanical. In those aspects, that Citizen is a superior watch to probably anything Patek Phillipe even makes. The Citizen is quartz, so the accuracy is superior to any mechanical, and it is an Eco-Drive, which is an awesome technology.
That Citizen has become my timekeeping standard for my watches. It is the one I set all my automatics by when they run down. Having the CW Malvern, CW Aviator, and an Orange Monster, I love them all and can't keep them all wound. Even my Seiko Kinetic, one of my other titanium watches, can't hold a candle to the Eco-Drive in terms of storage capacity and ease of charge. I wear that Citizen maybe once every 6 months, and it just keeps on going. I read on another watch site that it only takes 2-3 hours of full sunlight to fully charge it, which for mine I believe it has about a 4 year capacity. Two to three hours for 4 years of power! What can match that? And, maybe the watch doesn't quite live up to those specs, but I can tell you that it sits in my closet, which is dark for probably 23:55 of every 24 hours, and has been running for over 2 years, and since I bought my CW Malvern in January 2006, the Citizen has only been worn two or three times! And, if I get concerned it may be low on charge, all I have to do is set it in the window...or somewhere in the house that gets sunlight. That is a superior technology!!! I know, this is certainly starting to sound like an ad for Citizen. But, as I said, I have only worn it a handful of times since I got my CW.
Now contrast all that superior technology to my Seiko Orange Monster. It is an automatic, so accuracy is significantly less. It is stainless steel, so the metal is inferior to the Citizen. You can't hand wind that movement, so to wind it, you have to actually wear it. But, I guarantee you that if you hand the two watches to someone that doesn't know the specs, they are going to be more impressed with the monster. Why? Because it weighs a ton. It is a behemoth. Because of the weight, it feels solid. The titanium Citizen on the other hand feels a little flimsy despite the fact that it probably has 4 times the strength to weight ratio.
And, even though I know the reality of which is the superior metal, I too love the feel of the heft of the monster. That is why I prefer stainless steel. It's not just because I already have 3 titanium watches, its because I prefer stainless steel...despite its inferiority. Just like I have said I don't see me buying any more quartz watches...despite their superior timekeeping ability.
All that said, I love the watches Chris makes. Even the ones I don't initially like, someone will buy and post some pictures of, and I'll think hmmm, it didn't look that good at the CW site. Maybe ...