As the Lunar New Year heralds the arrival of the Year of the Wooden Dragon, Hublot commemorates the occasion with the unveiling of the Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Dragon. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Chinese art of paper cutting, this limited edition timepiece is a perfect fusion of tradition and modernity, bringing together the skills of renowned Chinese artist Chen Fenwan and the avant-garde philosophy of Hublot.
In the Chinese calendar, 2024 marks the return of the Dragon, a celestial creature associated with prosperity, luck, strength, and wisdom. Hublot, known for its unique and innovative approach to watchmaking, chose to celebrate this significant year with a timepiece that embodies the essence of the dragon – the Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Dragon.
Collaborating with the talented Chinese artist Chen Fenwan, Hublot brings to life a 3D silhouette of an eastern dragon using layers of hands, wheels, and H-shaped screws. Chen Fenwan, recognized by the Chinese Modern Art Archive, showcases her paper-cutting expertise to pay homage to the Wood Dragon through natural fibers forming the soul and spirit of paper.
The Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Dragon serves as a metaphor for Hublot’s philosophy – the ‘Art of Fusion.’ It represents the continual reimagining of materials and their areas of expression. The dragon’s intricate design, with hands, cogs, and screws forming its silhouette, is a testament to the brand’s commitment to creating a different way to interpret time.
The dragon, a symbol of the ‘Art of Fusion,’ takes on features from nine different animals, showcasing the metamorphosis that has taken place over thousands of years. Chen Fenwan’s delicate touch brings to life this sacred animal, celebrating the rich cultural legacy of Chinese paper cutting – a craft that originated around 2,000 years ago.
Hublot invites Chinese tradition into 2024 with a bold move – a rubber strap with a marquetry design. This marks the first time Hublot presents such a design, further emphasizing its commitment to blending traditional Chinese “sculpture in the round” with contemporary art. The dragon’s silhouette extends onto the rubber strap, with each scale intricately colored and integrated by hand, taking around 8 hours per strap.
The Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Dragon is offered in a limited edition of 88 pieces, each housed in a 42 mm titanium case. The multi-level dial construction, incorporating Hublot’s aesthetic codes, showcases the layered effects of paper cutting. The timepiece comes with a second titanium-grey Velcro fabric strap, featuring the HUB1710 automatic movement with a power reserve of 50 hours.
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