Hublot unveiled the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black and it’s truly a match made in heaven. The Japanese artist known for anime-inspired “superflat” creations pop culture with traditional Japanese techniques is joining forces with the company known for the Art of Fusion, the philosophy that lies at its core.
The watch’s conceit is, not surprisingly, all in the flower with a twist: free-spinning, diamond-set petals that bring Mr Murakami’s “smiling flower” to life. Combined with the case’s polished black ceramic facets, the result is far more animated than the watch’s All Black designation.
“Takashi Murakami is an international star, not only in contemporary art circles but also with the general public,” Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe said of the collaboration. “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!”
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.
In his own statement, Takashi recalled his visit to the Hublot manufacturing headquarters.
“When I visited the Hublot manufacture in Switzerland for the first time, I realized to what extent the traditional know-how, precision, futuristic technology, and craftsmanship were all intertwined in the creation of a watch,” he said. “Bringing my art into the creativity of these watchmakers represents a unique adventure for me.”
The Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black is produced in 200 copies. Priced at a bit over US$27,000, the Murakami edition does cost more than twice as much as the standard, all-ceramic Classic Fusion. Discover Opulent Club on Apple News.