Hublot x Takashi Murakami

A colourful whirlwind

We had already been seduced by the All Black version, but this transparent and colourful Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow put a smile on everyone’s face! And it couldn’t be any different since it was made by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who has managed to express his creative genie.

By Chloé Redler
A colourful whirlwind with the new Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow.

Art at the heart of Hublot watches

Early December, Hublot has organised a festive event in Miami about art. Hublot Loves Art gathered friends and stars of the Maison, including five artist ambassadors like Samuel Ross, Shepard Fairey, Maxime Plescia-Buchi, Marc Ferrero and Richard Orlinski.

Célébration de l'Art chez Hublot, la soirée Hublot Loves Art a réuni les ambassadeurs et amis artistes de la maison horlogère
In Miami, the Hublot Loves Art event has celebrated the artist ambassadors of Hublot. 

Present at the event, they are the ones who collaborate with the watch brand to create ground-breaking and creative timepieces. Just like Takashi Murakami (who was absent that day) who took part in the exercise for a second time. 

“The continuation of this collaboration with Takashi Murakami take us to new territories of expression still unexplored by the watchmaking world. A work in which the artist’s creation and the savoir-faire of our Maison intertwine to give birth to a work of art that can be worn on the wrist!”
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
L'artiste japonais loufoque et atypique Takashi Murakami
The superstar artrist Takashi Murakami worked with Hublot’s watchmakers to create his iconic kawaii-styled humanized flower. ©TM/KK

The Japanese artist puts once again his iconic humanized flower at the heart of his creation with the Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow. The first All Black model was hypnotizing with its total black look sparkling with black diamonds (456 for the twelve petals and 107 for the pistil). This one instead the “rainbow” version is completely imbued with the kawaii aesthetics. A universe specific to this key figure of the Japanese art scene: colourful, pop and silly. 

Tourbillon de couleurs, la Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow est une véritable œuvre d'art
Available with a transparent rubber bracelet, the Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow illustrates the creative madness of the Japanese artist.  ©TM/KK

A work-of-art and a colourful whirlwind on your wrist

Delicately nested inside the 45 mm diameter case made of transparent sapphire crystal (a material completely mastered by Hublot) the anthropomorphic flower blooms in the centre of the dial. With a mischievous smile, the dial displays a three-dimensional face with twelve sparkling petals that turn thanks to an ingenious ball bearing system. 

Le tourbillon de couleurs vu par Takashi Murakami
The dial is composed of 487 gemstones, 384 of which are on the rotating decor and 103 on the pistil. ©TM/KK

“This partnership with Hublot allows me to express my creativity on a medium that I had never used before. The mastery of the manufacture’s technicians opens a new field of possibilities to my inspiration. A path that has led us to the realisation of this new rainbow watch.”
Takashi Murakami.

Just like a rainbow, this explosion of colours offers a perfect polychromy. Indeed, the 487 gemstones reproduce the famous prism. Rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, tsavorites, yellow sapphires and orange sapphires blend together to deliver a captivating chromatic show.

 

Le boîtier en cristal de saphir protège la fleur humanisée en pierres précieuses de la Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow
This ultra-creative edition is made of sapphire crystal, a robust material whose transparency reveals the heart of the watch. ©TM/KK

Paired with a rubber lined transparent strap, the watch limited to 100 pieces is powered by the Manufacture HUB1214 calibre, commonly known as “Unico”, equipped with a power reserve of up to 72 hours. 

Le mouvement manufacture Unico anime ce superbe tourbillon de couleurs
The Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow is powered by a reliable chronograph automatic movement called Unico. ©TM/KK

After this love at first sight experience, we are eager to discover the next collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Hublot. 

Price: € 104,000

Read our technical data sheet on the Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow. 

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