To create this exclusive Bing Bang timepiece released during Oktoberfest this year, Hublot has partnered with Bavaria based boot-manufacturer MEINDL (Lukas Meindl GmbH & Co.KG), the traditional German company known for its high-quality leather boots, including popular hiking boots. A fuse of innovation and tradition, the Big Bang Bavaria celebrates Bavarian craftsmanship.
In accordance with craftsmanship and age-old materials, the watchmaker and the tanner have fused their expertise to create the Big Bang Bavaria. Cut from bronze, it is strapped onto two robust, hand-embroidered bracelets in deer leather.
For the first time, Hublot has cut its Big Bang case out of bronze that has the advantages of non-magnetism, resistance to corrosion and a unique appearance. While it is not stainless, bronze is covered with a natural patina that protects it and gives it an unparalleled finish. The case back is in black ceramic whereas the screws are in 3N gold. Tanned and burnished by hand, each strap and case are different and unique. Time will add distinction and character to the Big Bang Bavaria Just like leather, the Hublot bronze, with its yellow pink tones, becomes enhanced over time.
Crafted by MEINDL, the Bavarian company that boats expertise and tradition in tanning industry since 1683, the Big Bang Bavaria strap is reminiscent of the “Lederhosen”, the short leather breeches that originated in Bavaria and have been the traditional clothing of the mountain people since the 18th century. Just like the garment from which the strap draws inspiration, it is cut in deer leather and hand-embroidered with a pattern only possible to create on deer leather. Traditional sewing gives a 3D effect to the leather tanned using the Meindl tradition.
It takes 3 to 4 months to tan the hide using an age-old technique. The hides are salted then plunged into a limestone-based liquid before being washed, then treated by hand with cod-liver oil and dried. The last two steps are repeated several times until the leather is entirely soaked with the oil. The hide is left to dry in the sun to develop a light brown colour. To bring out the velvet character of the leather is then rubber with sandpaper. Meindl then applies and brushes the leather with several tropical wood bark colorants, a procedure repeated up to 5 times. The products used are all without preservatives or chemicals to respect nature.
Delivered with two “One Click” straps, the Big Bang Bavaria easily changes its look thanks to its patented attachment system. There’s a version with a cuff in natural light brown deer leather, enhanced by two leather tabs embroidered with a deer head. The second version comes in “altsalzburg” (black-brown)- coloured deer leather, embroidered with oak leaves.
The Big Bang Bavaria beats to the rhythm of Unico, the Hublot manufacture movement, with 330 components for a 72-hour power reserve—a self-winding bidirectional movement with a flyback chronograph and a column wheel on the side of the dial.
Model: BIG BANG UNICO “BAVARIA”
Reference 411.BZ.1149.VR.MDL17 – Limited to 100 pieces
Material: Brushed Bronze
Bezel: Brushed Bronze
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Screws « H »: 18k Yellow Gold, polished
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment and HUBLOT logo printed on the inner side
Case back: Micro-blasted black ceramic engraved “LIMITED EDITION 100NUM”
Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100m)
Mat black skeleton
Yellow Gold -plated indexes with beige luminescent
Hands: Yellow Gold -plated hands with beige luminescent
Caliber Hublot MHUB1242, UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel
No of Components: 330 (38 jewels)
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Power reserve: 72 Hours
Strap 1: Cuff in deer leather with embroidered deer head
Strap 2: Black rubber and brown leather deer strap with embroidered oak leaf
Buckle: Black PVD titanium with brushed bronze insert deployant buckle clasp