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Does size matter ?

Let’s end the suspense now: yes, when it comes to watchmaking, size does matter because it has an impact on style as well as on comfort.


If you have been interested in watches for some time, you cannot have missed that the average size of watches has increased significantly in the past decade. However, it seems that the diameter size has stabilised and may even have decreased a little… but it couldn’t have lasted much longer, unless watches had become actual clocks.

These changes in trends create – without anybody really understanding why – quite intense debates about size between luxury watch enthusiasts. Each person vehemently defends their vision of what is good or bad size.


Here is evidently not the place to enter such a debate as, let’s be clear, there’s no such thing as a good or bad size. It’s all a matter of taste and only trying it on will deliver a final verdict.

However, to avoid trying watches on for nothing, it is highly recommended when preselecting your object to abide by one rule that will increase the chances of the watch fitting your wrist. So, you need to look at your wrist from above and evaluate its width: the length of the watch case, from lugs to lugs, should ideally be inferior to that width.

So, even if the wrist circumference should be taken into account to determine the length of the strap, it is not enough: because of morphological differences, some wrists are flatter than others and some are rounder than others. Therefore, people with identical wrist circumferences will not necessarily choose the same watch diameters.


Within the frame of this recommendation, if the watch is centered, the distance between the lugs and the edge of the wrist becomes a matter of taste and style.

For example, for a casual or sports style, the watch can sit on the whole – or a large part – of the wrist width. But this should be avoided for more classical or smarter styles so that your watch will indeed fit under your shirt sleeve…

And for those who would rather wear their watch under all circumstances, many models offer ideal compromises.


Nice watches are generally harmoniously proportioned, so the choice of their diameter will determine the thickness of your timepiece.

However, as a general rule, the more functions and complications there are, the more complex the movement is, the more dials and hands overlap, the thicker the watch gets.