When the watch becomes a work of art: the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black confuses the schemes! For its first collaboration with the Japanese artist, Hublot pushed the boundaries of creation by developing a new dynamic on the theme of Murakami's artistic emblem, the humanized flower.
“When I visited the Hublot manufacture in Switzerland for the first time, I realized the extent to which traditional know-how, meticulousness, futuristic technology and craftsmanship are intertwined in the making of a watch. Putting my art at the disposal of the creativity of these watchmakers is a unique adventure for me. " Takashi Murakami
Hublot loves art! Before we even know how to speak, let's sing. Before even knowing how to write, we draw. We barely know how to stand and dance. Art is part of the very foundations of the human being. A truth that the Hublot manufacture embraces with its motto "The NArt of Fusion". The watchmaking Maison regularly makes use of great creative personalities such as Shepard “Obey” Fairey, Marc Ferrero, Richard Orlinski or Maxime Plescia-Büchi. A team of ambassadors joined for the first time by one of the most recognized living artists in the world: Takashi Murakami. His visually very modern work proposes a subtle reflection that lies between the Japanese tradition and pop culture. A result that he achieves in a masterly way by combining cutting-edge multimedia tools and traditional Japanese techniques such as gold leaf.
An authentic rock star of contemporary art, he himself coined the name Superflat for the artistic current of which he was the initiator. A first visit to the Hublot manufactory in February 2020 allowed Takashi Murakami to become familiar with the watchmaking workmanship and the design of chronographs. This meeting set in motion a creative process that resulted in the innovative Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami, inspired by the emblem of Murakami, the humanized flower. An object that here comes to life inside and on the surface of the watch. Thanks to an ingenious ball bearing system developed by Hublot engineers, its petals begin to rotate. The heart of the humanized flower is inserted into the sapphire crystal, creating a unique three-dimensional effect that accompanies her big, prominent smile. The Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black takes up the concept of All Black, one of the most emblematic creations of the Maison! Invented by Hublot in 2006, the All Black style is also part of Murakami's creative universe. For an even more marked effect, black diamonds have been set on the petals and on the face of the flower, respectively 456 on the first and 107 on the second.
Nyon's watchmakers have inserted their Unico in-house caliber into the emblematic case design of the Classic Fusion, a movement that offers a 72-hour power reserve. First collaboration between Hublot and the Japanese artist, the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black will soon become a true collector's item, being limited to just 200 pieces.
“Takashi Murakami is an international star, not only in the world of contemporary art, but also for the general public. It blurs the lines between art and pop culture. Seeing him join our Ambassadors team is a real privilege. We are very pleased to launch this watch and work of art! " Ricardo Guadalupe CEO HUBLOT.