Bund straps were initially invented to be used by German pilots during World War II to avoid the watch cases from freezing or searing the wearer’s skin at high altitudes or in the event of a cockpit fire. In addition to providing still another link to history, this manner of strap also perfectly complements a bronze watch to avoid oxidization turning the wearer’s own skin green, although Hublot have catered to those wanting to replace the strap with a non-Bund option by fabricating the caseback from ceramic. Another strap (not pictured) is also included and easily interchangeable thanks to Hublot’s “One Click” attachment method, which offers a slightly dressier appearance in “altsalzburg” (black-brown) colored deer leather with walnut leaf embroidery. The buckle is made of black PVD titanium using a brushed bronze deployant clasp insert, giving a modern touch to an otherwise old-world aesthetic.The size of the Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is going to be a sticking point for some. Hublot’s Big Bang watches wear quite large with their 45mm cases, and the Bund design strap makes this model look even larger on the wrist. That said the deer leather has been used here has been meticulously hand-worked from the craftsmen at Meindl to achieve a velvety soft feel and allow it to wear more smoothly. This piece also offers a strong vintage vibe and a real link with Bavarian history, which should appeal to lovers of German culture or anybody seeking to emphasise their Lederhosen into the extreme for Oktoberfest or some Bavarian-themed occasion. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is currently being provided at a limited edition run of 100 bits, with a cost of $27,900.
The Hublot Big Bang Caviar – bling on a budget – is now available in red gold or steel. The bezels are faceted and polished, and also available set with diamonds.
Inside is an ETA movement. The case size is 41 mm. The red gold model has a gold dial, while the steel model has a rhodium coated ceramic dial. – SJX