Bund straps were initially invented for use by German pilots during World War II to avoid the eye examples from freezing or searing the wearer’s skin in high altitudes or in the event of a cockpit fire. Along with supplying yet another link to local history, this style of strap also perfectly matches a bronze watch to avoid oxidization turning the wearer’s own skin green, although Hublot Watches 2013 Replica have catered to people wanting to replace the strap with a non-Bund option by manufacturing the caseback from black ceramic. Another strap (not pictured) is also included and easily accessible thanks to Hublot’s “One Click” attachment method, which delivers a slightly dressier appearance in “altsalzburg” (black-brown) coloured deer leather with walnut leaf embroidery. The buckle is made of black PVD titanium using a brushed bronze deployant clasp insert, giving a contemporary touch to an otherwise old-world aesthetic.The size of this Hublot Big Bang Bavaria will be a sticking point for some. Hublot’s Big Bang watches wear very large with their 45mm instances, and also the Bund style strap makes this model appear even larger on the wrist. That said the bull leather being used here was meticulously hand-worked from the anglers in Meindl to attain a velvety soft texture and help it wear more smoothly. This bit also provides a strong vintage vibe and a real connection with Bavarian history, which should appeal to fans of German culture or anyone looking to emphasise their Lederhosen into the intense for Oktoberfest or some Bavarian-themed event. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is being offered in a limited edition run of 100 pieces, with a price of $27,900.
Designed in collaboration with graffiti and street artist Tristan Eaton, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Concrete Jungle is the latest Hublot to experiment with novel materials.
The bezel is made of concrete, or more specifically concrete mixed with epoxy resin to increase the robustness of the material, a reference to the “concrete jungle” that is New York City.
On the rear of the watch a collage motif depicted the Statue of Liberty created by Mr Eaton is printed on the sapphire case back, while the artist’s emblem is on the sub-dial at three o’clock.
The rest of the watch is identical to the standard Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph, with a 45mm case in black ceramic, equipped with the HUB1155 movement, a Sellita SW300 automatic with a chronograph module.
Price and availability
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Concrete Jungle (ref. 525.CI.0117.NR.NYC16) is available only at Hublot’s New York boutiques on Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue, priced at US$19,500.