Hublot has collaborated with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami for the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black.
The timepiece is inspired by Murakami’s icon, the smiling flower — it is present both in and on the watch. The ingenious ball-bearing system developed by Hublot’s engineers enables the petals to start turning.
The center of the smiling flower is inserted onto the sapphire glass, creating a unique three-dimensional effect to go along with its wide prominent smile. The petals (456 brilliants) and face (107 brilliants) are set with black diamonds.
The watchmakers in Nyon have installed their manufacture Unico calibre in the case with its Classic Fusion emblematic design. The watch comes with a power reserve of up to 72-hours.
This Hublot creation is limited to just 200 pieces.
Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot chief executive officer said, “Takashi Murakami is an international star, not only in contemporary art circles but also with the general public. He shakes up the borders between art and pop culture. It is a real privilege to see him join our team of ambassadors. We are delighted with the launch of this watch-work of art!”
Commenting on the collaboration, Takashi Murakami said, “When I visited the Hublot manufacture in Switzerland for the first time, I realised to what extent the traditional know-how, precision, futuristic technology, and craftsmanship were all intertwined in the creation of a watch. Bringing my art into the creativity of these watchmakers represents a unique adventure for me.”