Robert W. from Texas, USA asks:I recently received a Tissot 1853 chronograph with automatic movement. My son has one particular also but with a quartz movement. My query revolves about the width of your watch. My automatic appears to be twice as thick as my sons
watch. Does the thickness of a watch add value, functionality or is it just a design and style. I have small wrists so the watch appears huge. My son is 6′ 4″ plus, so either watch looks good on him. it appears the watches are catering to large people or does size relate to fashion? It used to be, that the smaller and thinner the watch was, the "better" it was because the movement needed to be finer and more miniaturized. True enough, the smaller space you work with the more clever you need to be about engineering.
At the same time the more complex a movement its the larger it needs to become. Generally speaking, quartz movements are smaller that mechanical movements and can this fit in smaller, thinner cases. Just because a case is large doesn't mean it has a replica breitling watches good movement or is high quality. Today there are many cases that are large for fashion reasons and contain relatively compact movements inside of them. Only recently have the major Swiss watch brands been developing movements for larger-cased watches. These larger movements bucked the trend of mechanical miniaturization that was a major part in the 20th century.
Larger men's watches are in style right now and most men prefer a timepiece between about 40-44mm wide. Some like them even larger, but probably 95% of men would feel good using a watch in that size range. The short answer to your query is
that larger watches are simply in style and will be for the foreseeable future. For more, take a look at what what we wrote on this topic a couple of years ago, including the opinions of our readers at the time on this subject »We choose a few questions each week and publish them. Want to ask the aBlogtoWatch team a query?