The famed Oktoberfest gets a horological tinge with the launch of Hublot’s Big Bang Bavaria, a watch celebrating Bavarian traditions.
The Big Bang Bavaria represents a fusion that is unique and inspirational. Watchmaker Hublot is known best for the art of fusion and with this watch it reaffirms its status. The watch combines the craftsmanship of Hublot and Meindl, the watchmaker and the tanner.
This is for the first time, that Hublot has cut its Big Bang case out of bronze. The advantages of this metal are many: non-magnetism, resistance to corrosion and a unique appearance. Moreover, bronze is covered with a natural patina that protects it and gives it an unparalleled finish. It enhances over time, giving a very unique look to the piece.
Big Bang Bavaria
This is a watch cut from bronze and then strapped onto two robust, hand-embroidered bracelets in deer leather. The case back is in black ceramic whereas the screws are in 3N gold.
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.
An age old tanning tradition
Here is where the specialization of the tanner plays into the scene. 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.
Tanned and burnished by hand, each strap and case are different and unique. The most unique aspect of the Big Bang Bavaria is that time will add distinction and character to it. The bronze case will acquire a unique patina, as will be leather. The result is a watch that truly grows with you!