Takashi Murakami & Hublot Join Forces For A Whimsical Black Diamond Timepiece
Japanese artist and frequent fashion collaborator, Takashi Murakami, has partnered up with Hublot, bringing his iconic smiling flower motif to the Classic Fusion watch dial. Contrary to the typical multicoloured appearance of Murakami's flowers that we’re used to seeing, the icon will appear in monochrome on the watch, manifested through a luxurious gleam of hundreds of black diamonds. In total, 456 brilliant-cut black diamonds and 107 more cut diamonds are used on the face.
While the dial is fixed to the sapphire glass, thanks to a ball-bearing system created by Hublot's engineers, the petals are mobile. The watch is powered by an automatic movement. With a black ceramic case and rubber strap, the twirling petals express a fanciful touch to the monochromatic watch.
Murakami has said, "I will only collaborate if I can be fully involved." He was originally hesitant to work with a watch company for creative reasons. To his surprise, however, Hublot extended an invitation for him to work with their team at its factory. He describes: "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."
Learn more about the Takashi Murakami watch on hublot.com.
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