Hublot unveiled the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black – its first collaboration with a Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.
Takashi Murakami is one of the most internationally renowned living artists. His visually very modern style offers a subtle reflection between Japanese tradition and pop culture. He combines leading-edge multimedia tools with traditional Japanese techniques such as gold leaf.
In February 2020, Takashi Murakami visited the Hublot manufacture to explore the work of a watchmaker and timepiece design.
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! -Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO
This triggered a creative process that resulted in the very innovative Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami, inspired by Murakami’s signature smiling flower, which is present both in and on the watch. An ingenious ball-bearing system developed by Hublot’s engineers allows the petals to turn. 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 Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black takes up one of the most evocative Hublot signatures, the All Black which is also one of Murakami’s artistic signatures. For an even more pronounced effect, the petals (456 brilliants) and face (107 brilliants) are set with black diamonds.
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. – Takashi Murakami , Contemporary Artist
The watchmakers in Nyon have installed their manufacture Unico calibre in the case with its Classic Fusion emblematic design, a movement offering a 72-hour power reserve.
The watch is limited to only 200 models.
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