The leather watchband has made way for brightly colored plastic and rutted rubber bands. “They’re a conversation piece," Green said. A Westport man who has a collection of eight watches – including one over-the-top timepiece that measures threeinches across the face – said a watch is the only accessory he wears.
“You’re not completely dressed unless you have your watch on," he said. The Titanic-sized watch trend is evident in high-end watches made by companies such as Breitling and Omega and more affordable watches made by Fossil and Timex.
Consider that a man’s watch of 36 to 38 millimeters in diameter was once considered large. Today’s watches morph up to 64.4 millimeters. (That would be the Italian U-Boat U-1942 Limited Edition Diver watch.)
“What a beast! This takes massive watches to a new level," the watch review blog, “A Blog To Read,” opines about the U-Boat.
Even the conservative luxury watchmaker Rolex now offers larger dimensions on some of its watch faces. A spokeswoman for Rolex U.S.A. said the company sells 41 millimeter watches in several classic models, including the Rolex Day-Date (also known as the President watch)
“They’re slightly bigger versions of watches that we have," Carla Uzel said from her New York office.
The larger sizes were not a “knee-jerk reaction to trends happening right now," Uzel said, but were years in the making. Good timing.
“The classics are never going to go away," she said. “We’re never going to remove a size just because now we offer a bigger one. We’re just giving another option in the bigger size." The company’s hefty “professional” watches, such as the Yacht-Master II and the Deepsea, come in 44-millimeter cases. “These are watches that are meant to be rugged and worn in regular activities, ‘’ she said. “If you’re a scuba diver, we’ll be able to go with you on your diving trips. It’s functional.”
Also functional – if the wearer has small fingers – is the recently released i’m Watch, an Italian-designed and Android-powered wristwatch that houses a 1.5- inch touchscreen allowing wearers
to access weather, Twitter, Facebook, contacts, music and photos.
“I’m the first real smartwatch," the company touts on its website, which features a video showing men (and women) gazing at the wristwatches, which have vividly colored straps of red, yellow and orange. “You can receive your messages straight off your wrist," an announcer says during the video. “You can read the latest news… you can keep favorite photos on your wrist.”
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