Each year in Munich, the steins are filled (and re-filled), and the men don their short leather breeches to celebrate Oktoberfest. This year, Hublot replica watches UK joined the festivities by partnering with local tanner Meindl to create a distinctly Bavarian incarnation of its popular Big Bang watch which has had so many versions resulting from various collaborations. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is the first Big Bang to feature a bronze case, and it seems as though the material was chosen for its rustic color and properties to match the hand-embroidered deer leather strap in the Bund style, evoking a link with the German region of Bavaria’s traditional garb.
Bronze as a watchmaking material is becoming increasingly popular, with its distinctive vintage looks and unique patina developing over time. The Hublot “art of fusion” design concept is very much at play here with a mixture of materials such as 18k polished yellow gold screws providing a subtle visual contrast from the brushed bronze case and matte black skeletonized dial. Splashes of green adorn the second hand and minute track, which help to link the watch face with the green embroidered deer head decorating the strap. Within the Big Bang Bavaria beats Hublot’s Unico manufacture movement which offers a flyback chronograph complication and 72-hour power reserve.
The dial of the Big Bang Bavaria is wonderfully three-dimensional, from 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 filled with luminescent material towards the tip and partially cut away at the base, to better display the exposed gears of Hublot’s Unico movement 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 make for good nighttime readability. The contrast of gold against black also appears to make the Big Bang Bavaria one of the more legible models that Hublot has released recently.
Naturally, the Big Bang Bavaria was launched with an event at Hublot’s boutique in Munich, with LVMH Head of Watchmaking Jean-Claude Biver and company CEO Ricardo Guadalupe joined by Marcus Meindl for the tapping of the keg and picture-taking. Meindl has been a family-run tanner and boot maker since 1683, and their current factory in Kirchanschöring, Bavaria, has been in operation for over 300 years. The straps of each watch are hand-crafted using the family’s ancestral techniques, with each individual deer hide taking 3 or 4 months to tan. Traditional sewing methods produce a three-dimensional effect for the deer head insignia, which serves to enhance the textural and visual appeal of the fake watches as a whole.