Is it just me, or is a mismatched movement in a too large or too small case is a real deal breaker. I'm mechanically inclined and have been all my life, and one of the many joys of owning a few nice mechanical watches is knowing the mechanism is the core of the timepiece - and that everything should spring from this this core.
Before recent times, the case was linked to the movement, and the goal was small, thin and lite. There was a natural connection between the two. Now it seems this connection has been broken. The reasons are many to be sure, and I'm glad mechanical watches have made such a nice comeback from the initial quartz revolution, still, I seek a balance from days gone by.
It’s no accident that even amongst the highest prized brands, that the display back disappears when the ratio of case to movement gets out of harmony with each other.
One could just buy a vintage piece or a Rolex. Done. But looking to the future, with new moments being designed from the ground up and the success of Nomos utilizing a classic vintage ebauche there are many ways this plays into the new offerings. Take the new skeleton offerings among the fashion watch scene, or new startups utilizing large in-house manufacture (I'm thinking Frederique Constant) which will lock them into the big watch statement for the duration of that mechanism. Or innovation that has lead Omega to create somewhat larger movements, but chooses to place them in really thick and heavy cases, which could be streamlined, and they are not innovating on the thinness front too much (at least in a stainless case).
I understand not every watch should follow some set of rules that are important to me… but when everything is right… it's right.