What happens when you combine Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s madness with Hublot’s unorthodox methods is sheer magic. This time the magic is a tinge of black as looking brighter than the brightest whites with signature smiling flower in Hublot Classic Fusion All Black. The artist is best known for his vibrantly animated paintings and sculptures, which lends his outstanding multidisciplinary mashup of Japanese popular culture and fine art to Hublot’s horological wonder. The watch boasts a 45mm polished black ceramic case with rubber straps and a power reserve of 72 hours. The 12-petaled flower set in 456 black diamond rests on an all-black ceramic face of the watch, with a thickness of 13.45mm. Cutely, watch petals sway and bobble, and communicate with the wearer’s movement by spinning around the dial. Murakami explained his choice of the flower motif. “People think of the smiling flower when they think of Takashi Murakami, so it was an obvious choice. The one thing I did request was to go all black on our first collaboration. This was because the very first impression I had when I learned about Hublot was its signature black rubber strap.”
Says CEO Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe, “Takashi Murakami is an international star, not only in contemporary art circles but also with the general public. 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 Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami costing $27,300, is limited to 200 pieces. It is available for purchase exclusively at Hublot flagship boutiques.