Date display is the simplest complication on the watchmaking, it’s very useful to help you see the date at a glance. There are four most common varieties of the date display, date window, pointer date, subsidiary dial, and what we gonna write it more about, big date display. Do you have one or two big date watch on your watch collection?
Most of the timepieces feature small date window display on their dial, because it’s the simplest format, with 1 - 31 numbers printed on a circular disc and displayed through a small window. People with not so perfect eyesight may have some problems with it and need to put their glasses first to read the date.
Big-date function comes to solve this problem. With two big windows, the left one displaying 0-3 and the right one displaying 0-9. It’s more legible than the small date window because the display allows a much larger view of the date. So, do you think you need a watch with a big date function? We have covered our best 4 big date timepieces below.
A. Lange & Söhne The Saxonia Outsize Date
Combining the minimalistic design and fascinating mechanical ingenuity, this A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date rooted in the same tradition. The lucid and puristic dial features a colour-coordinated outsized date with the black galvanised dial. Its numerals printed in white with the date discs are also black.
Powered by the calibre L086.1 that composed by a large central rotor with a ball bearing and a platinum centrifugal mass assures efficient winding. Therefore, the power reserve of 72 hours, achieved with only one mainspring barrel, is available after just a short time on the wrist.
Blancpain Villeret Grande Date
This Blancpain Villeret Grande Date comes with unique but subtle extras. The simple elegant 18k red gold 40mm case features ‘double pomme’ shaped bezel. The classical dial comes with 3 hands that applied with gold colour indexes. There’s big date display with no visible gap between two numerals, rare to see something like this.
There is a 4.75mm thick compact self-winding movement that comes with two mainspring barrels and free-sprung balance regulated by gold screws. The slim movement support power reserve for up to 72 hours. The most subtle dress watch ever.
Drive de Cartier
Drive de Cartier making a bold statement with its unique cushion-shaped case that features octagonal steel crown set with a faceted synthetic spinel. Silvered flinque dial comes with roman numerals, blued steel sword shaped hands, large date, retrograde second time zone, day/night indicator, small seconds, and sapphire case back.
The watch is brought to life by the in-house Cartier Manufacture Movement 1904 MC. Alligator skin strap comes with 18 mm steel double adjustable folding buckle.
Chopard L.U.C Lunar Big Date
Chopard L.U.C Lunar Big Date exudes captivating poetry within its 18 carats rose gold case. The silver dial displays a large date at 12 o'clock and an original view of the moon phases showing both Northern and Southern hemispheres. Brown alligator leather strap with hand sewn matching tones make this dress watch look so classy and elegant.
The chronometer-certified L.U.C calibre 96.20-L equipped with an ultra precise device in which the wheel driving the moon bearing disc comprises 135 teeth. The moon phase complication of the chronometer certified movement is so accurate that the difference between the actual lunar cycle and its indication is just one day every 122 years.