I have dozens of watches that have the tinny hourly chimes. Their alarms are not much of an improvement either... Especially when I have to get up early in the morn; a time when an unholy war wouldn't get a stir out of me.
Also, I have seen a few models of talking watches and clocks that can tell
the time when the correct button is pressed; products like these are a great boon for our blind brethren.
This is where I think a watch that VIBRATES as well as sounds its bleeps will help. Strong vibrators are already being implemented in the numerous models of cellular phones; so there is no reason why they can't be used in wristwatches also.
For the audibly challenged, the Vibra-Watch can serve the functions of Alarm, Countdown Timer (time-up alarm) and Hourly Chime.
For the Nothing-in-the-world-can-wake-me-up people, it *should* serve as an alarm more effectively. It may also liven up the last minute dreams a li'l bit!
And for the I-ironicaly-dont-have-the-time-to-see-the-time people, it serves as the shaking cuckoo bird that tells them they are on the top of the hour in a more substantial manner.