Big time: The finest oversized luxury watches
by Zoe Dickens
While women can cause a stir with a fabulous fine jewellery timepiece, your understated black-tie watch or classic sailing watch may not elicit quite the same response. If you like your watches like your yachts - the bigger the better - click through to see some of the world’s largest luxury watches to buy now.
Breitling Avenger Hurricane
Available in both 45mm and 50mm versions, Breitling's Avenger Hurricane chronograph is crafted from ultra-lightweight Breitlight - a patented proprietary polymer six times lighter than steel - so you can enjoy the look of an oversized watch without being weighed down by it. Taking inspiration from traditional military, aviation and dive watches, the Avenger Hurricane boasts 100 metre water resistance and a 24-hour display.
Case: Breitlight, 50mm
Strap: Rubber and military textile fibre
Movement: Breitling B12 self-winding
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: From £6,070, breitling.com
Richard Mille RM 011 Flyback Chronograph Dual Timezone
Richard Mille’s unusual signature rectangular case means most of its watches rank among the largest on the market but, at 50mm x 42.7mm, the Chronograph Dual Timezone is certainly one of the biggest. The ideal piece for technical watch enthusiasts, this timepiece offers a range of complications including a date display, month display, flyback chronograph, 60 minute time and 12 hour counter.
Case: Titanium, 50x42.7mm
Movement: Calibre RMAC1 automatic
Price: POA, richardmille.com
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2
Jaeger-LeCoultre is another brand which utilises a rectangular case to create large watches that still sit pleasingly on the wrist. At 55x36mm the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 has a huge amount of space both inside and on the dial which has been cleverly utilised to incorporate a mesmerising tourbillon movement.
Case: Pink gold, 55x36mm
Movement: Calibre Jaeger-LeCoultre 174 manual winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Limited edition: 75
Price: €266,000, jaeger-lecoultre.com
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime
At 47.4mm in diameter Patek Philippe’s Grandmaster Chime may not be the biggest watch on our list but it is certainly one of the most beautiful. With a bold case crafted in white gold contrasting with a hand-guilloched black opaline face, it is also packed full of complications including minute and date repeaters, alarm, perpetual calendar, moon phase, 24-hour and minute subdials and second time zone functionality.
Case: White gold, 47.4mm
Movement: Calibre 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM manual winding mechanical
Price: CHF2.2 million, patek.com
Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Aperta
While its unusual shape means no definitive case size is given for the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Aperta, there's no denying it is among the biggest timepiece on the market. Inspired by the engine of a Ferrari supercar, the watch's highly innovative movement is made up of a huge 637 pieces and boasts an enormous 50 day power reserve.
Case: Smoked sapphire crystal
Movement: HUB9005.H1.PN.1JN manual-wound
Waterproof: 30 metre
Price: £458,000, hublot.com