Some Watches Need to be Big to be Brilliant

It’s a commonly known fact the current trend for brands is to downsize watches to more compact dimensions, often to 40mm or below. This shift is natural to the industry, and it’s not the first time we’ve seen it, although this time the push seems stronger than in the past. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, watch sizes literally boomed to 43mm and above. Well above in some cases, by the way. Despite this tendency to go smaller, some replica luxury watches simply need a large case to work and work well. Brilliantly even, as for these six watches, we wouldn’t want it any other way than BIG!
The replica luxury watches Big Pilot by IWC is perhaps the best representation of the necessity of size in some watches. The iconic Pilot’s watch measures a hefty 46mm in diameter, has a very substantial lug-to-lug size of over 52mm and a thickness of 14.6mm. This sand-coloured TOP GUN Mojave Edition, or any other for that matter, comes with the signature 7-day power reserve indication. The Calibre 52110 fills the entirety of the case and uses a twin-barrel setup to achieve its lengthy running time. Yes, it’s impressively big, and yes it’s quite intimidating on the wrist, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! This limited edition of 250 pieces is priced at EUR 14,900.
The replica luxury watches Royal Oak Offshore has always been a big and hefty watch in Audemars Piguet’s arsenal, and the recent 15605SK is perhaps one of the very best. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s rather empty, but it’s also quite brilliant! The colours of the rubber-coated bezel match the gradient tones of the dial perfectly, which in turn lures you in with a simple “AP” logo, its Méga Tapisserie pattern and a large date window. At 43mm it’s not a monster in size, but it’s a very serious slice of watch on anyone’s wrist. It also embodies the fact Royal Oak is still an icon in the industry. This rather surprising watch comes on a blue-grey rubber strap and costs EUR 27,300.
replica luxury watches Hublot is well-known for its big and bold aesthetics, often with a polarizing combination of colours, materials and mechanics. While we could have gone for the Big Bang Unico, the brand’s bold chronograph, coming in at a relatively mundane 42mm across. The Big Bang MP-11 Water Blue Sapphire, however, is a very different beast. At 45mm across and 14.4mm in height, it’s quite a sizeable piece. This is a bit of a must if you pack 7 serially coupled vertically stacked barrels for a massive 14 days of power! The light blue sapphire crystal case is matched with a translucent rubber strap and it’s limited to 50 pieces with a price of EUR 178,000.
When it comes to big replica luxury watches , (deep) divers are the first things that come to mind. And what better way to say “Go Big, or Go Home!” than a full yellow-gold 3,900m water-resistant Rolex Deepsea? It raised more than a few eyebrows upon release, but having some time with the new Ref. 136668LB behemoth sure changed our minds. At 44mm across it’s not stupidly large and in full yellow-gold I even dare to argue it’s somewhat balanced on the wrist as the bracelet serves as a counterweight to the case. The only thing that may be a bit daunting is the height, which clocks in at 17.7mm, and the weight of 300+ grams. If you can get around that and have the wrist to carry it around, it’s a typical Rolex, so brilliantly executed! The price is an appropriately hefty, pun fully intended, CHF 49,900.
Adding ‘Extreme’ to anything raises expectations, and the Zenith Defy Extreme does not disappoint, especially in this very shiny ‘Mirror’ iteration. The contemporary high-speed chronograph has an edgy case of 45mm in width. Crafted from stainless steel, it’s fully mirror-polished for an utterly dazzling look. The case and 12-sided bezel give way to an array of subdials and indications. The movement cleverly uses two regulating organs, one beating at 36,000vph (5Hz) for the time, and one beating at 360,000vph (50Hz) for the 1/100th of a second chronograph! Worn on a fully polished integrated bracelet, it’s non-limited and costs EUR 28,000.
We’re coming down to earth price-wise, yet take to the skies with our last pick; the replica luxury watches Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Chrono in blue. This striking-looking Pilot’s Chronograph acts as a proper flight instrument on the wrist. With this many indications and scales to make in-flight calculations, it’s no wonder you need a bit of space. At 44mm wide, it’s a properly large watch, but it demands it and remains somewhat balanced in look. Any smaller and it would look just too cluttered and legibility would be an issue. It relies on the Calibre H-21-Si, a variation of the ETA/Valjoux 7750 and retails for EUR 2,245 on leather or EUR 2,295 on a bracelet.