I am now quoting three men that will tell you the story of the Big Bang Bavaria …
From left to right: Markus Meindl, Jean-Claude Biver and Ricardo Guadaloupe
Markus Meindl, CEO of Meindl (www.meindl-fashion.de)
“The differences between state-of-the-art technique and authentic, living craftsmanship, and also those between the city and the mountain, are what embody everything that fascinates modern individuals and that inspires me to create our MEINDL products. I am delighted to have found partner in Hublot, one that shares our passion and our love of design, products and craftsmanship; we have created a product that brings together our two universes flawlessly!”
Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot
“Traditions provide new generations with a unique way of reconnecting with their identity, it is why they last. Fernand Braudel said that ‘in order to hope, in order to move forward, we also need to know where we come from.’ The Big Bang Bavaria is a concentration of history and traditions.”
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot
“For over 10 years, the Big Bang collection has been confirming that all styles suit it. Denim, linen Pop art, thousand colors… it also emphasises traditions. After its collaboration with the lace of Saint-Gall Bischoff, Hublot has partnered with Meindl to create the Big Bang Bavaria. This new piece is cut from an ancient metal – bronze, a metal that Hublot has loaded with tin and burnished – and its bracelet made from tanned hide, shaped and embroidered using age-old techniques. This watch has a rich history which naturally ensures its place in the future. Tradition and innovation has fused to celebrate Bavarian alpine art.”
You are not familiar with the tradition of the Bavarian Lederhosen?
Centuries of expertise and tradition lie behind the Hublot Big Bang Bavaria strap. Firstly, the craftsmanship of a family that has been passing down its passion for leather from father to son 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.
The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria isdelivered with two “One Click” straps. They easily change 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 45 mm / 16,3 mm Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is powered by the Hublot Unico-calibre. It consists out of 330 components and it is a self-winding flyback chronograph with a column wheel on the side of the dial. Unico has a 72-hour power reserve.
Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is a limited edition of 100 pieces and is sold for 27.900 Euro including 19 % VAT.