Funny to see your post. I just went through the same dilemma between the ceramic chrono 44.5mm and the 41mm ceratanium.
While the 41mm case is a little better for sizing it did not feel that much smaller. So I got the 44mm and it has been great. I prefer the white and red dial painting on the larger case and with the chrono and day date function the size is something my eyes are grateful for.
I have a Panerai Radiomir 45mm and that does wear smaller with the wire lugs and thinner case. However the chrono feels like a fun instrument on the wrist and is lighter because of the ceramic. It is not something I’m wearing with a suit, more while working at my studio or on a motorbike.
And at 5’-11” and 175 lbs it doesn’t feel wildly large. Good luck with your decision.