Bronze for a watchmaking substance is becoming increasingly popular, with its identifying vintage looks and one of a kind patina growing over time. The Hublot “art of fusion” layout concept is very much at play here with a mixture of materials like 18k polished yellow gold screws supplying a subtle visual contrast from the brushed bronze case and matte black skeletonized dial. Splashes of green adorn the next hand and second track, which help to connect the eye face with the green embroidered deer head decorating the ring. Inside the Big Bang Bavaria defeats Hublot’s Unico manufacture motion that offers a flyback chronograph complication and 72-hour power reserve.The dial of this Big Bang Bavaria is superbly three-dimensional, by the floating Hublot logo on the sapphire to the exposed date ring with its discreet aperture at 3 o’clock. Both the hour and minute hands are full of luminescent material to the tip and partly cut away in the bottom, to better exhibit the exposed gears of Hublot’s Unico motion underneath. This combined with extensive usage of lume for the hour markers, chronograph hands, quarter-hour “pips” on the minutes register, and hour “pips” on the hours enroll should result in good night readability. The contrast of gold against black also seems to make the Big Bang Bavaria one of the more legible models that Hublot has introduced recently.Naturally, the Big Bang Bavaria was started with an event in Hublot’s boutique in Munich, with LVMH Head of Watchmaking Jean-Claude Biver and firm CEO Ricardo Guadalupe combined by Marcus Meindl for the tapping of the keg and picture-taking. Meindl has been a family-run tanner and boot manufacturer since 1683, and their present factory in Kirchanschöring, Bavaria, has been in operation for more than 300 years. The straps of every watch are hand-crafted using the family’s ancestral techniques, with every individual deer hide taking 3 or 4 months. Traditional sewing methods generate a three-dimensional effect for the deer head insignia, which serves to enhance the visual allure of this eye as a whole.
Designed in collaboration with graffiti and street artist Tristan Eaton, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Concrete Jungle is the latest look a like hublot watches Replica 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.