Bund straps were initially invented to be used by German pilots during World War II to avoid the eye cases from freezing or searing the wearer’s skin at high altitudes or in case of a cockpit fire. Along with supplying yet another link to local history, this style of strap also perfectly complements a bronze watch to avoid oxidization turning the wearer’s skin green, though Hublot have catered to those wishing to replace the strap with a non-Bund option by fabricating the caseback from black ceramic. Another strap (not pictured) is also included and easily interchangeable thanks to Hublot’s “One Click” attachment system, which offers a slightly dressier look in “altsalzburg” (black-brown) coloured deer leather with oak leaf embroidery. The buckle is made of black PVD titanium with a brushed bronze deployant clasp insert, providing a contemporary touch to an otherwise old-world aesthetic.The size of this Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is going to be a sticking point for some. Hublot’s Big Bang watches wear quite big with their 45mm instances, and also the Bund design strap makes this model appear even bigger on the wrist. That being said, the deer leather being used here was thoroughly hand-worked by the anglers in Meindl to achieve a velvety soft texture and allow it to wear more comfortably. This piece also offers a strong vintage vibe and a real link with Bavarian history, which should appeal to fans of German civilization or anybody looking to accessorize their Lederhosen into the extreme for Oktoberfest or any Bavarian-themed occasion. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is being provided in a limited edition run of 100 bits, with a cost of $27,900.
First introduced last year, the Hublot Big Bang in clear sapphire returns with a new and improved case construction that’s been simplified and streamlined.
While the Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire retains the recognisable design of the Big Bang – it remains the same size at 45mm in diameter – the case eliminates the titanium parts of the earlier model, as well as the multi-part construction of the bezel and case back.
This increases the transparency of the watch case, while making it easier to put together and more robust. That being said, the Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire is water-resistant to 50m, instead of the 100m offered by its predecessor.
The movement inside remains the HUB 1242, an automatic calibre with a modular chronograph that has a flyback function.
Price and availability
The Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire (ref. 411.JX.1170.RX) is limited to 500 watches, priced at US$57,900 or €57,100.