Releasing limited edition after limited edition is not an easy thing and Hublot just released the new Big Bang Calaveras Patrias right on time for 'Dia de los Muertos' —Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to celebrate those that have left life before us. A widely spread holiday that is now even celebrated by many here in the U.S. and that was perfectly showcased during the opening scenes of James Bond Spectre.
The new Hublot Big Bang Calaveras Patrias is available in five different iterations including 18K red gold, 18K red gold with black diamonds, stainless steel, stainless steel with black diamonds and matte black ceramic. For this hands-on review we will focus on our two favorite references, the 18K red gold available in a limited edition of 10 pieces and the black ceramic in a limited edition of 30 pieces.
The Case & Dial
Equipped with 44 mm cases in the usual tripartite construction utilized by the brand, the new Hublot Big Bang Calaveras Patrias bring the 'Dia de los Muertos' closer to home with their stunning 'Calavera' —skull— engraved dials and bezels that feature the iconic Mexican artistry that accompanies this holiday.
With elaborate motifs and patterns depicting 'Cempasuchil' flowers —Mexican marigold prominently utilized for Day of the Dead celebrations— and the traditional 'Calavera', these five new watches are an excellent example of how Hublot can master different horological decorating techniques. While the Hublot Big Bang Calaveras Patrias Black Ceramic a.k.a 'All Black' is less striking in terms of design, the 18K red gold model showcases its black motifs and engraved surfaces more prominently.
To match the work on the dial and bezels, the new Hublot Big Bang Calaveras Patrias is fitted with textured rubber straps that feature the same skull motif from the dial on their ends at 12 and 6 o'clock. The rubber straps are exquisitely finished but made of a composite that collects a lot of dust and lint. The straps are fastened by Hublot's classic deployant clasp in matching 18K red gold or matte black ceramic respectively.
Under the hood, nothing really fancy. Powering the new Hublot Big Bang Calaveras Patrias is the Hublot 23-jewel automatic calibre HUB 21. This automatic movement provides a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound and is fully visible through the display case back.
On the Wrist & Pricing
On the wrist, the Hublot Big Bang Calaveras Patrias wear true to their size and very comfortably. The uniqueness of this watch will definitely be a conversation starter among watch collectors, especially on a day like today. While we love the all black look of the matte ceramic model, the contrast between the gold and the black on the engravings in the 18K red gold model makes for a very sexy and good looking timepiece.
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