The size of men’s watches are mostly between 34mm-38mm in diameter. In recent years, the appearance of large cases has become more and more popular, making watches with a case diameter of more than 40 mm (especially 42 mm) a popular choice.
Hublot Big Bang Unico replica has a 45mm case, highlighted by a bezel in either satin-finished black ceramic or in titanium or King Gold to match the case material. The bezel is secured by six H-shaped screws with an updated design: the head of each screw is now in relief, allowing the application of alternating polished and matte finishes. The screw-down crown, made of overmoulded rubber, was also redesigned, now bearing the “H” motif from Hublot’s distinctive screw on the end. The dial is skeletonized to show off the Unico movement and features hour indices and Arabic numerals, redesigned to give them more volume and hollowed out and filled with Super-LumiNova. The two subdials — a chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock — are circled by polished rings, and the date is displayed in a white window at 3 o’clock. The hands have also been reworked, faceted on two levels and filled with Super-LumiNova.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition “150 Years”, the first Flieger watch of the brand with a big date display. 46.2mm in diameter, in stainless steel. On the dial, hours and minutes are displayed centrally, together with a small second at 6 and the big date located beneath the triangular index at 12, in a non-obtrusive way. Clearly, the integration of this complication remains subtle and blends well into the dial of the Big Pilot.
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days 47mm PAM00372 has a 47mm 1950-style stainless steel case, but with subtle differences. For one, the case is entirely polished stainless steel instead of brushed. However, the trademark “device protecting the crown” retains its brushed finishing. Additionally, the case also has a slightly different shape. These subtle changes to the case has had a profound effect on the way the PAM 372 looks and wears. Overall, it looks less bulky, and despite its massive size, I found that it fits better than the smaller 44mm Luminor 1950 watches.