Sometimes one happens across a watch and for some reason grabs your attention. Sometimes this reason is obvious, and sometimes it’s a little more obscure. Today’s post falls into the latter category. Two words piqued my curiosity – Bavaria and lederhosen.
Although released in 2017 to mark that year’s Oktoberfest the Big Bang Bavaria limited edition has recently made its way to Australia, to authorised dealer Monards in Melbourne, and it was the sheer unexpectedness of this that piqued my interest.
Created in collaboration with shoe and boot makers Meindl, who are also involved in leather tanning, the Bavarian aspect is self evident, in the form of the strap. It is hand-embroidered in a traditional design that is often associated with deer leather decoration, in a fashion that is reminiscent of Lederhosen design.
The 45mm sized Big Bang case is brushed bronze with 3N gold ‘H’ screws, and the lugs are black composite resin.
There is a ‘Hublot’ logo printed on the inner side of the sapphire glass on the dial side, atop a matte black skeletonised dial which features gold-plated hands and gold-plated indices, all with beige lume.
The case back in micro-blasted black ceramic engraved with “LIMITED EDITION 100NUM” and the watch’s water resistance is 100m. Underneath the open case back is the automatic HUB 1242 UNICO movement, with a flyback chronograph function and seventy-two hours of power reserve.
The Big Bang Bavaria comes with two straps, interchangeable with the Hublot ‘One Click’ attachment system. The one shown in these photos is a cuff-style in light brown deer leather featuring two leather tabs embroidered with a deer head. The second strap is black-brown coloured deer leather, and embroidered with oak leaves. The buckle is black PVD-treated titanium with a brushed bronze insert.
It takes about three to four months to tan the hide used for the straps. First salted then plunged into a limestone-based liquid. Cod liver oil is then applied by hand, after which it is left to dry. These two steps are repeated until the leather is soaked with the oil, after which the hide is left to completely dry. The leather is then rubbed with sandpaper, after which it is brushed and applied with several tropical wood bark colorants. This sequence is then repeated a couple of more times.
The RRP for the Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is 36,500 AUD and it is currently at Monards in Melbourne.