For its first collaboration with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot has created a special edition Classic Fusion timepiece by developing a new dynamic on the theme of Murakami’s artistic emblem, the smiling flower.
Takashi Murakami’s modern style offers a subtle reflection between Japanese tradition and pop culture. He masterfully achieves this result by combining leading-edge multimedia tools with traditional Japanese techniques such as gold leaf. A real rock star in the contemporary art world, he coined the name Superflat for the artistic movement he began.
An initial visit to the Hublot manufacture in February 2020 enabled Takashi Murakami to familiarise himself with the work of a watchmaker and timepiece design. This triggered a creative process that resulted in the very innovative Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami, inspired by Murakami’s icon, the smiling flower.
Thanks to an ingenious ball-bearing system developed by Hublot’s engineers, its petals start turning. 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. Invented by Hublot in 2006, it turns out that the “All Black” style is also one of Murakami’s artistic signatures. For an even more pronounced effect, the petals (456 brilliants) and face (107 brilliants) are here set with black diamonds.
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.
As the first collaboration between Hublot and a Japanese artist, the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black is limited to only 200 models.
Model: Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black
Satin-finished and Polished Black Ceramic
On Top the Polished Smiling 3D Flower Head Set with 107 Black Diamonds
Diameter: 45 MM
Thickness: 13.45 mm
Water Resistant: 50 m
Case-back: Satin-finished Black Ceramic and Sapphire Crystal
Bezel: Satin-finished and Polished Black Ceramic
Black Lacquered Dial
Rotating Decor with 12 Black-plated petals
Set with 456 Black Diamonds
MHUB1214 Unico Complications
Main Plate & Bridges: Anthracite Ruthenium
Oscillating Weight: Anthracite Grey-plated Tungsten Oscillating Weight with Microblasted and Satin-finished Surface
Escapement Swiss Silicon Lever Escapement
No. of Components: 256
Frequency: (Hz) 4 (28’800 A/h)
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Black Lined Rubber Straps
Black-plated Stainless Steel
Deployant Buckle Clasp
Recommended retail price
CHF 25’900/ EUR 26’900/ USD 27’300/ GBP 22’600