Bronze as a watchmaking material is becoming ever more popular, with its identifying classic looks and unique patina developing over time. The Hublot “art of mix” design concept is very much at play with a combination of materials like 18k polished yellow gold screws providing a subtle visual comparison from the brushed bronze case and matte black skeletonized dial. Splashes of green adorn the second hand and second track, which help to link the eye face using all the green embroidered deer head decorating the strap. Inside the Big Bang Bavaria beats Hublot’s Unico manufacture movement that offers a flyback chronograph disadvantage and 72-hour power reserve.The dial of this Big Bang Bavaria is wonderfully three-dimensional, from the floating Hublot logo on the sapphire to the exposed date ring using its unobtrusive aperture at 3 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are filled with luminescent material to the tip and partially cut away at the base, to better exhibit the vulnerable gears of Hublot’s Unico motion underneath. This combined with extensive use of lume for the hour markers, chronograph hands, quarter-hour “pips” on the minutes register, and hour “pips” on the hours register should result in good night readability. The comparison of gold against black also seems to create the Big Bang Bavaria one of the more legible models that Hublot has released recently.Naturally, the Big Bang Bavaria was started with the event in Hublot’s boutique in Munich, together with LVMH Head of Watchmaking Jean-Claude Biver and firm CEO Ricardo Guadalupe joined 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 more than 300 years. The straps of every watch are hand-crafted using the family’s ancestral techniques, with every individual deer conceal taking 3 or 4 months to tan. Conventional sewing methods produce a three-dimensional impact for those deer head insignia, which functions to improve the visual appeal of the watch as a whole.
First introduced last year, the Hublot 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.