Bronze as a watchmaking substance is growing ever more popular, with its identifying vintage looks and one of a kind patina growing over time. The Hublot “art of mix” layout concept is very much at play here with a combination of materials such as 18k polished yellow gold screws providing a subtle visual contrast in the brushed bronze instance and matte black skeletonized dial. Splashes of green adorn the second hand and second track, which help link the eye face with all the green embroidered deer head decorating the ring. Inside the Big Bang Bavaria defeats Hublot’s Unico manufacture motion which offers a flyback chronograph disadvantage and 72-hour power reserve.The dial of this Big Bang Bavaria is wonderfully three-dimensional, by the floating Hublot emblem on the sapphire to the exposed date ring using its unobtrusive aperture at 3 o’clock. Both the hour and minute hands are filled with luminescent material to the tip and partly cut away in the base, to better exhibit the exposed gears of Hublot’s Unico motion beneath. This coupled with extensive usage of lume for the hour markers, chronograph hands, quarter-hour “pips” on the moments register, and hour “pips” on the hours enroll should make for good night readability. The contrast of gold from black also seems to make the Big Bang Bavaria among the more legible models that Hublot has introduced recently.Naturally, the Big Bang Bavaria was launched with an event in Hublot’s boutique in Munich, together with LVMH Head of Watchmaking Jean-Claude Biver and company CEO Ricardo Guadalupe combined by Marcus Meindl for the tapping of the keg and picture-taking. Meindl has become a family-run tanner and boot maker since 1683, and their current factory in Kirchanschöring, Bavaria, has been in operation for over 300 decades. The straps of every watch are hand-crafted using the family’s ancestral techniques, with each individual deer conceal taking 3 or 4 months. Traditional sewing methods produce a three-dimensional effect for those deer head insignia, which functions to improve the visual appeal of the eye as a whole.
A Singapore-based charity, Kidz Horizon Appeal helps fund medical treatment for disadvantaged children with terminal and chronic illnesses. For several years now the charity has raised money with auctions of one-off timepieces created by noted watchmakers, ranging from a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton to last year’s Voutilainen GMT-6 in titanium.
This year Hublot and Greubel Forsey have each put together a one-off wristwatch, both donations from an anonymous benefactor. The watches will be sold during the Kidz Horizon Appeal gala dinner on August 19, 2017, with proceeds going to the charity.
Despite being the simplest watch Greubel Forsey produces, the Signature One still takes a no-expense spared approach to its construction and finish, with every component decorated to the same degree as in its most exotic tourbillon watches. The Signature One “Kidz Horizon” is the very first example of the rose gold Signature One, numbered “01/11”.
Its distinguishing feature are the bright red hour and minute hands, the only instance of such novel hands on a Greubel Forsey wristwatch. Additionally the wristwatch is engraved with the charity’s name on the movement bridge (though that is not shown in the stock image below).
Those features aside, the Signature One is identical to the production version, with a 41.4mm rose gold case containing an intricately hand-finished movement. On the front the highlight is a long, polished steel bridge that holds the oversized balance wheel. And while the dial for the time appears functionally constructed, it is actually a silver-plated disc of solid gold. For more detail of the gorgeous movement inside the Signature One, check out the our detailed photos of the steel version published last year (and the platinum model was unveiled earlier this year).
The Signature One in rose gold has an official retail price of SFr170,000, or about S$244,000.
Hublot turned to its signature All Black look for the Classic Fusion “Kidz Horizon”, which is based a prototype of the Classic Fusion All Black, continuing with the theme established by the Greubel Forsey. Originally a 500-piece limited edition introduced in 2008, the Classic Fusion All Black has long sold out, so this is a revival of sorts.
Typical of the All Black series – the monochromatic look is synonymous with Hublot – the dial is a matte black but paired with polished black hands and indices that catch the light and improve legibility.
It has a 45mm black ceramic case and the automatic HUB1100 movement inside (which is actually an ETA 2892). A Kidz Horizon logo printed on the underside of the sapphire back hides the movement, which is actually an ETA 2892.
The estimated retail price of the Classic Fusion “Kidz Horizon” is approximately SFr10,000 or S$14,300.
Bidding and donation details
Both watches are slated to be sold at an auction taking place during the Kidz Horizon gala dinner on August 19, 2017. All proceeds will go to the charity, which aims to raise S$1m that evening.
To bid on either of the watches, or make an outright donation, please contact Christine Gwee at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, which administers the charity.
Correction July 20, 2017: The Greubel Forsey Signature One “Kidz Horizon” is numbered “01/11” and not “0/11” as indicated earlier.