Watches that feature a larger and more prominent date than usual have been increasingly popular. Not only do they have the added benefit that it is easier to read the date, but they are also technically more advanced. A larger date window requires a larger date disc, which requires more energy to move. But it is not only moving the date disc, it is also stopping it at just the right position so that the date is perfectly lined up. To accomplish this a lot of expertise and craftsmanship is required. Here are some of Haute Time’s favorite watches featuring a big date
Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen”
Lange & Söhne is almost synonymous for the big date function, mainly thanks to the benchmark status that the Lange 1 has conquered over the years. A classic in its own right, Lange & Söhne recently showed us that they could also give this watch a slight sportive edge by applying a luminescent compound to the moon phase and the date function. The result is especially during the darker hours of the day breathtaking. Thanks to the dial made of semi-transparent sapphire crystal glass does this watch also in broad daylight show a side of the Lange 1 we don’t see that often!
Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chronograph
A chronograph and a perpetual calendar in one watch is already a very tempting proposition, but Chopard also tops this off with a big date function. Chopard knows to unite all these complications in a very harmonious, and even symmetrical, dial design. Powered by one of their manufacture L.U.C. movements this watch leaves very little left to desire.
IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date
The Portofino collection is among the most elegant offerings of IWC. With the Hand-Wound Big Date, the brand offers the vintage charm of a hand wound movement combined with a classical sub seconds at six o’clock. A generous 8-day power reserve ensures that you don’t have to wind the watch daily, while the big date dominates the top part of the dial, as the most prominent attraction on the dial.
Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon Large Date
Flying tourbillon or the large date? It is hard to determine which commands the most attention on the Blancpain L-evolution. The flying tourbillon identifies the watch as something truly unique and precious, while the big date shows its inner workings highlighted by perfectly crafted engine turned details of the movement. It is a watch that finds synergy, in contrast, resulting in a bold statement, and the same goes for the big date function in general: practical, technically challenging and always a prominent eye-catcher!