4 Watches That Make A Big Impression

4 Watches That Make A Big Impression

Martin Green
By Martin Green February 25, 2020

While the tides of the current trends are flowing more into the direction of smaller sized watches, does this not mean that larger watches have become obsolete. Since the trend towards more substantial timepieces started, they have proven that they are here to stay. The following four watches show that size matters, especially when you want to make a big impression.

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater
A classic brand is often not associated with large watches, yet A. Lange & Söhne proves with various models that size can be put to good use, and remain elegant. A good example of this is their very successful Zeitwerk collection, in which we also find this minute repeater. It is a clear case that proportions are making all the difference when designing larger watches. A. Lange & Söhne uses the 44.2mm diameter to fit this watch with an exquisite mechanical movement that not only tells the time digitally but also features a minute repeater.


Richard Mille RM 25-01
The RM 25-01 by Richard Mille is most certainly a watch that packs a punch. Its manual wind movement features a tourbillon, chronograph with 30-minute totaliser 24-hour display as well as torque, function, and power reserve indicators. It is all fitted in a 50.85mm large case made from Carbon TPT and Grade 5 titanium, which makes it surprisingly light given its size. Two Nitrile O-rings ensure a water-tight sealing of the case, protecting its precious movement up to 100 meters below the water level. Build for the true adventurer it comes even with a detachable compass, as well as a compartment that contains water purification tablets, making it the only watch in its kind to have this feature.

IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition "150 Years"

IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”
With the Portugieser was IWC far ahead of the trend for more substantially sized watches. It has grown to become one of the pillars of the brand, and for their 150 anniversary, IWC decided to fit it with a constant-force tourbillon and house it in a 46mm large platinum case. The manual wind movement has a power reserve of 96 hours, as shown by a power reserve display. A traditional moon phase complication adds to the classic appeal of the watch. While quite big in diameter, a black alligator leather strap, made by Santoni, ensures that it can be comfortably strapped to your wrist.

Panerai L'Astronomo

Panerai L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation Of Time GMT
Panerai is a brand that played a significant role in the popularity of more substantial watches, yet this model is big even for their standards. Measuring 50mm in diameter, the L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation Of Time GMT makes good use of all this space, as it is packed with complications. While many of them are already incorporated into the name of this watch, they don’t tell the whole story. The equation of time is indicated on a linear scale and is complemented by sunrise/sunset functions. The tourbillon is also of a particular kind, as it doesn’t turn horizontally as is most common, but instead rolls in a vertical way. Skeletonization of both the dial as well as the movement, give this watch a rather technical appearance and make it that you don’t even wish for it to be any smaller as there is so much to see.