The phrase “Slim Is In” certainly does not hold true in the world of horology these days. As both men’s and women’s wristwatches have grown in diameter and width in the past two decades, they also increased in thickness as well.
Influential Swiss watchmakers Raymond Weil and Movado prided themselves in the 1990’s on producing some of the thinnest timepieces available with their ultra-thin Othello and Soleil collections, measuring less than 7mm in thickness, which is little more .27 of an inch in size.
The Citizen Stiletto introduced in the early 2000’s probably holds the record for being the thinnest timepiece, measuring just 5mm thick or .196 of an inch. The thin trend however has faded in the past decade with the popularity of thicker more robust styles from watchmakers Breitling, Officine Pannerai, IWC and Corum, measuring 15mm in thickness.
The Corum Bubble Watch was a frontrunner in the thick watch trend with cases more than 44mm in diameter and 15mm thick. The round stainless steel cases with highly stylized contemporary dials were topped with bubble-shaped convex sapphire crystals that measured 8mm in thickness. Bright and colorful exotic skin leather straps completed the look. The Bubble was widely popular during the mid-2000’s and was the accessory “to be seen in” at the time.
Popular watchmakers including Invicta, Cartier, TAG Heuer, Omega and Movado all started releasing collections with larger and thicker cases. In fact, the average case thickness on a watch is 12mm to 14mm -about .51 of an inch – on both men’s and women’s styles with more robust men’s styles measuring over 20mm thick or .787 of an inch.
You do not have to look further than the Invicta Subaqua women’s watch or Bolt Reserve men’s chronograph for ultra-thick men’s and women’s watch styles. With a generously oversized 42mm diameter, 15mm thick case in stainless steel with an orange plastic cover and matching orange silicone strap, this attractive women’s mechanical sport watch makes a statement.
The unidirectional rotating steel bezel surrounds the skeleton dial with an orange outer rim and luminous orange colored skeleton hands. An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate mechanical movement inside.
The Invicta Bolt Reserve chronograph for man commands attention on the wrist with a amply proportioned 52mm case that stands 22mm thick on the wrist. The signature stainless steel case with braided yellow gold-plated braided trim is presented on the silicone strap with 18K yellow gold plated accents.
The unidirectional rotating steel bezel with 18K yellow gold plated braided detail surrounds the gold colored dial with three mother-of-pearl subdials, an automatic date calendar, luminous hands and hour markers. Premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside assures you of precise time-keeping accuracy. Both Invicta men’s and women’s watches are water-resistant to 200 meters or 660 feet.
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