Replica Buyers Guide Pre-Basel 2014: Introducing the Hublot Spirit of the Big Bang, powered by the Zenith El Primero (with specs and price)

Bronze as a watchmaking material is becoming ever more popular, with its identifying classic looks and unique patina developing over time. The Hublot Watches 12-25-80 Replica “art of mix” layout concept is very much at play here with a mixture of materials like 18k polished yellow gold screws supplying a subtle visual contrast from the brushed bronze instance and matte black skeletonized dial. Splashes of green adorn the second hand and minute track, which help to connect the eye face using the green embroidered deer head decorating the strap. Inside the Big Bang Bavaria defeats Hublot’s Unico manufacture motion which delivers a flyback chronograph complication and 72-hour power reserve.The dial of this Big Bang Bavaria is wonderfully three-dimensional, from the floating Hublot logo on the sapphire to the exposed date ring with its discreet aperture at 3 o’clock. Both the hour and minute hands are full of luminescent material to the tip and partially cut away at the base, to better exhibit the exposed gears of Hublot’s Unico movement underneath. This combined with extensive use of lume for the hour markers, chronograph hands, quarter-hour “pips” on the minutes enroll, and hour “pips” on the hours register should make for good night readability. The contrast of gold against black also appears to make the Big Bang Bavaria one of the more legible models that Hublot has released recently.Naturally, the Big Bang Bavaria was launched with the event at Hublot’s boutique in Munich, with LVMH Head of Watchmaking Jean-Claude Biver and firm CEO Ricardo Guadalupe combined by Marcus Meindl for the tapping of the keg and picture-taking. The straps of each watch are handpicked with the family’s ancestral methods, with each individual deer hide taking 3 or 4 weeks. Traditional sewing methods produce a three-dimensional effect for those deer head insignia, which serves to improve the visual allure of this eye as a whole.

Hublot’s new Spirit of the Big Bang is a tonneau shaped chronograph in the typical Hublot style, with lots of carbon fibre, kevlar and fusion, and  but what sets it apart is the 36,000 bph Zenith El Primero movement inside.

For the new Spirit of the Big Bang chronograph, Hublot has relied on its sister company in LVMH for the movement. The HUB 4700 movement inside is actually the Zenith El Primero, running at its trademark 36,000 bph, but with skeletonised components to keep it in line with the Hublot aesthetic. With this, every watch brand of LVMH now uses the El Primero in one form or another. Measuring 51 mm by 45 mm, the Spirit of the Big Bang has a sandwich case construction like all Hublot watches. It has a black resin middle with alloy plates front and back. 

Available in King Gold (a rose gold alloy) or titanium, with the option of a black ceramic bezel in both metals, the Spirit of the Big Bang is delivered on a rubber strap covered in alligator. The Spirit of the Big Bang retails for US$24,000 USD in titanium and US$47,000 King Gold. That’s a hard to swallow price tag, considering what a Zenith with the same movement costs in gold (with an annual calendar to boot) or even carbon fibre.