This article is a design criticism crime.
The reporter somehow missed the fact that this is more an information display than it is an interactive flow. There is a big difference between a screen you look at multiple times every day and say, a dashboard inside an app you use infrequently.
He also mentions that the screen is smaller than your phone lock screen and therefore should have less information. It's counter-intuitive but I'd wager that it is just the opposite. The smaller screen actually helps with density because your brain doesn't have to process info in your peripheral vision.
Not that I agree or disagree with this take, but my initial reaction to the new Apple Watch face reveal was a positive one. It displayed a ton of information in a symmetrical, circular format while also staying aesthetically pleasing. Was kinda jealous, actually.
After reading this article, information does seem to exist to fit the design, rather than vice versa. Very Dribbble-esque. One could argue quick-access to justify the insane amount of data displayed at once, but do I really need UVI levels or another timezone? Interested in the customization options.
I don't think it's a "design crime", but I'll have to use this thing in action before forming a real opinion.