Bund straps were initially invented for use by German pilots during World War II to avoid the watch examples from freezing or searing the wearer’s skin at high altitudes or in the event of a cockpit fire. In addition to supplying still another link to history, this style of strap also perfectly matches a bronze watch to prevent oxidization turning the wearer’s own skin green, though hublot watches 301rx Replica have catered to people wanting to replace the strap with a non-Bund option by fabricating the caseback from black ceramic. Another strap (not pictured) is also contained and easily interchangeable thanks to Hublot’s “One Click” attachment system, which delivers a slightly dressier look in “altsalzburg” (black-brown) coloured deer leather with walnut leaf embroidery. The buckle is made of black PVD titanium with a brushed bronze deployant clasp insert, providing a modern touch to an otherwise old-world aesthetic.The size of this Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is going to be a sticking point for some. Hublot’s Big Bang watches wear very large with their 45mm cases, and also the Bund style strap makes this model look even larger on the wrist. That being said, the bull leather has been used here was meticulously hand-worked by the craftsmen at Meindl to achieve a velvety soft feel and allow it to wear more comfortably. This bit also offers a strong vintage vibe and a true connection with Bavarian history, which should appeal to lovers of German culture or anyone looking to accessorize their Lederhosen into the intense for Oktoberfest or any Bavarian-themed occasion. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is currently being offered at a limited edition run of 100 pieces, with a cost of $27,900.
Hublot‘s collaboration with Ferrari has been a fruitful one, spawning several dozen wristwatches including the exotic, engine-shaped MP-05 LaFerrari. That list just got longer with the launch of the redesigned Big Bang Ferrari Unico.
The new Big Bang Ferrari is a variation on the previous generation, with the same mix of automobile-inspired elements in the design, like a wheel rim-shaped rotor and brake pedal chronograph pushers. But the new models have added detail on the dial and case, for instance bezel screws set in recesses, as well as more fluid lines on the case.
The case remains 45mm in diameter, with a quick-release system for swapping straps. And the movement is the Unico, Hublot’s in-house chronograph calibre.
Three versions of the new Big Bang Ferrari are available (pictured below from left): a 1000-piece limited edition in titanium, 500 pieces in carbon composite, and another 500 pieces in 18k King Gold.
Price and availability
The Big Bang Ferrari will be available starting early 2017 from Hublot retailers and boutiques.
Titanium ref. 402.NX.0123.WR – US$26,200
Carbon ref. 402.QU.0113.WR – US$28,300
King Gold ref. 402.OX.0138.WR – US$42,000