Hublot and a four-time world champion alpine ski racer Bode Miller have unveiled a new limited-edition Bode Bang (Ref. 301.CI.2010.RX.BDM09) Chronograph. While not terribly original and looking like just any other model in the series, just with a new color scheme, the timekeeper may still be worth your attention thanks to its winning combination of an extremely high-contrast dial, elegant design, and an impressive level of ergonomics.
Just like the rest of the “insert-your-favorite-model-name-here Bang” line, the Hublot Bode Bang features the same dial layout and case design with the layer-cakes-tyle body that combines elements crafted from ceramic, a kind of rubber material and something that looks like blacked steel, and the signature notched bezel, which is fixed to the case with six H-shaped screws (please don’t ask why a fixed bezel needs notches on its side: although nobody is going to rotate it anyway, it still looks mean and cool and that’s possibly the reason for this kind of finish.)
As I have already mentioned, the list of materials that comprise its oversized 44.5 mm case and bezel includes sandblasted black ceramic for the top and bottom parts of the exterior shell, as well as a black composite resin for the lateral inserts on the case, chronograph push-pieces that are located at their usual placed at 2 and 4 hours. The setting/winding crown, too, seems to feature a sort of rubber insert with the signature stylized “H”.
The Bode Bang’s strap, which is also made of resin, too, looks complex. The band includes two layers of rubber with a strip of foam between them that makes the strap especially comfortable and not as prone to breaking: a constant problem with solid wristbands crafted from different sorts of rubber.
What is new here, is the high-contrast black and white dial that features Miller’s signature across a chronograph sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
Sporting applied Arabic numerals, the trademark faceted hour markers, and the skeletonized hands, the dial is easy to read in broad daylight, but will possibly be illegible at night, since I don’t see any sign of any luminous substance here.
The Bode Bang comes powered by the same HUB1400 automatic movement that also beats inside the Big Bang King All Black Blue diver presented in August. Based on a well-known Sellita SW300 blank movement, the HUB 1400 doesn’t make this model any more unique than any other Big Bang model, but at least it offers good reliability and -that may not be especially relevant to people able to afford such an overpriced piece of luxury- is cheap to keep in good working order in the longer term.
Well, this limited edition looks fine enough (or, at least, fine enough for a sporty chronograph, which is supposed to be massive and look rugged,) although some people may be scared away by its hefty price tag. According to the Swiss watchmaker, the limited-edition Bode Bang Chrono will be offered to the general public at an MSRP of more than $17,000.
From where I sit, even the ceramic parts and the world champion’s facsimile can’t justify such a high price.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Hublot Bode Bang Chronograph (Ref. 301.CI.2010.RX.BDM09) specification
Price range: $17,300 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber HUB1400, automatic, 28 jewels, Tungsten Carbide rotor, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Sandblasted black ceramic
Case: 44.50 mm
Dial: White with black numerals and hands
Water resistance: 100 meters
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating