Along with providing yet another link to local history, this manner of strap also perfectly matches a bronze watch to prevent oxidization turning the wearer’s skin green, though Hublot have catered to people wishing to replace the strap with a non-Bund alternative by fabricating the caseback from black ceramic. A second strap (not pictured) can also be contained and easily accessible thanks to Hublot’s “One Click” attachment system, which delivers a slightly dressier look in “altsalzburg” (black-brown) colored deer leather with oak leaf embroidery. Hublot’s Big Bang watches currently wear quite large with their 45mm instances, and the Bund style strap makes this model look even bigger on the wrist. That being said, the deer leather being used here has been thoroughly hand-worked by the anglers in Meindl to attain a velvety soft feel and allow it to wear more smoothly. This bit also provides a strong vintage vibe and a true link with Bavarian history, which should appeal to lovers of German civilization or anybody looking to accessorize their Lederhosen to the intense for Oktoberfest or any Bavarian-themed event. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is currently being provided in a limited edition run of 100 pieces, with a price of $27,900.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT is a straightforward travel watch with no bells and whistles, despite the elaborately mechanical looking aesthetic that’s typical of the brand.
Two time zones are displayed legibly: local time is indicated by the main hands, while an arrow-tipped hand points to home time. And a day and night indicator in the centre of the dial works in conjunction with the home time.
Two pushers in the case are used to set local time, the button at two o’clock advances the local time hour hand by an hour, while that at four o’clock moves it back by the same.
The Big Bang Unico GMT is available in either titanium or carbon fibre reinforced polymer, both being 45mm in diameter, the standard size for the Big Bang.
Inside is the HUB 1251, a variant of the versatile UNICO in-house movement that Hublot uses across its collection, with various complications added, most frequently as a chronograph.
Price and availability
The Big Bang Unico GMT Titanium (ref. 471.NX.7112.RX) costs €19,600 or US$19,900.
And the Big Bang Unico GMT Carbon (ref. 471.QX.7127.RX) is priced at €22,700 or US$23,100.