Bund straps were originally invented to be used by German pilots during World War II to prevent the eye examples from freezing or searing the wearer’s skin in high altitudes or in case of a cockpit fire. Along with providing yet another link to history, this style of strap also perfectly matches a bronze watch to avoid oxidization turning the wearer’s own skin green, though Hublot have catered to people 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 method, which offers a slightly dressier look in “altsalzburg” (black-brown) coloured deer leather with walnut 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 the Hublot Big Bang Bavaria will be a sticking point for some. Hublot’s Big Bang watches wear very big with their 45mm instances, and the Bund design strap makes this model look even bigger on the wrist. That being said, the deer leather has been used here was meticulously hand-worked by the craftsmen at Meindl to attain a velvety soft texture and allow it to wear more smoothly. This bit also provides a strong vintage vibe and a true link with Bavarian history, which should appeal to lovers of German civilization or anyone seeking to emphasise their Lederhosen into the extreme for Oktoberfest or any Bavarian-themed event. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is being provided at a limited edition run of 100 bits, with a price of $27,900.
First introduced last year, the Hublot Watches South Africa Replica 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.