Zermatt Unplugged partnership with Hublot provides a unique platform to celebrate its already very close relationship with music. In 2018, the Swiss festival was being held from 10th to 14th April and combined a wide range of musical genres with the congenial atmosphere of the village nestled in the heart of the Pennine Alps. Theses festivals in previous years have always placed great importance on offering an exclusive line-up including promising newcomer acts, and this season is no different.
Emeli Sandé and Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, in front of the chalet-style boutique in Zermatt © Hublot
Zermatt Unplugged 2018
Zermatt Unplugged has long enjoyed a reputation as the ‘festival of phenomenal voices’, coming into their own during the “unplugged” shows created especially for the festival. For the 2018 edition the festival presented renowned global stars as it does every year, with artists such as Norah Jones, Emeli Sandé Lianne La Havas, and Sarah Connor for 2018. In addition to the scores of established artists, there are also a number of newcomer acts to lend Zermatt Unplugged its distinctive flair. Performing on 14 stages in and around Zermatt, these acts will ensure that the spirit of the festival can be felt throughout Zermatt and on the nearby ski slopes.
Concert of Lianne La Havas © Hublot
Big Bang Alps
The first model in the Big Bang collection by Hublot was released over ten years ago now. Since its launch, this model has become a symbol of just how multifaceted Swiss watchmaking is. This iconic and instantly recognisable design by Hublot has been used as the basis for ongoing development and enhancement ever since, in terms of both engineering and design, becoming the prestige model of the Swiss luxury watch manufacture. The Big Bang Alps pays homage to the most emblematic mountain in the Swiss Alps – the Matterhorn. In this collection, the manufacture’s engineers and watchmakers decided to work with an innovative new kind of coated carbon. This fusion of fine materials acts like granite. This rock can be found all over the Alpsand seen from the manufacture in Nyon it provided the inspiration for the Big Bang Alps. The Matterhorn is the jewel in the crown of Switzerland’s mountains and its unmistakable shape is recognised around the world.
Big Bang Alps for women and for men © Hublot
Bund straps were originally invented to be used by German pilots during World War II to prevent the watch cases from freezing or searing the wearer’s skin in high altitudes or in the event of a cockpit fire. In addition to supplying yet another link to local history, this style of strap also perfectly complements a bronze watch to prevent oxidization turning the wearer’s own skin green, although Hublot Watches Arabic Numerals Replica have catered to people wanting to replace the strap with a non-Bund alternative by manufacturing the caseback from black ceramic. A second strap (not pictured) is also included and easily accessible thanks to Hublot’s “One Click” attachment method, which delivers a slightly dressier appearance in “altsalzburg” (black-brown) coloured deer leather with walnut leaf embroidery. The buckle is made of black PVD titanium using a brushed bronze deployant clasp insert, giving a modern touch to an otherwise old-world aesthetic.The size of the Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is going to be a sticking point for some. Hublot’s Big Bang watches already wear quite big with their 45mm cases, and also the Bund design strap makes this model look even larger on the wrist. That being said, the deer leather has been used here was meticulously hand-worked by the anglers in Meindl to attain a velvety soft texture and help it wear more comfortably. This piece also provides a strong vintage vibe and a real connection with Bavarian history, which should appeal to fans of German culture or anyone looking to accessorize their Lederhosen into the extreme for Oktoberfest or any Bavarian-themed event. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is currently being offered at a limited edition run of 100 pieces, with a price of $27,900.
The Big Bang collection includes a gents’ model measuring 45 mm in diameter and a ladies’ version measuring 39 mm across. Both models feature the “One Click” system which enables the strap to be changed quickly and easily depending on the wearer’s mood and what they are doing. The eye-catching “Cuddly Cuff” can turn any winter outfit into something extra special: this trendy oversized cuff – made of warm and fashionable sheepskin – can be attached to the “One Click” strap with ease.