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Hublot - Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow

Hublot Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow

Hublot and Takashi Murakami unveil the second timepiece of their collaboration: the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow

After launching the first timepiece at the beginning of the year – an All Black watch, which became an instant collector's item – Hublot and Takashi Murakami are continuing to transpose the Japanese artist’s Kawaii world into horology, by introducing the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow watch. This new piece, still based on the smiling flower, the iconic theme of Murakami’s work, has moved from black to colour with transparent effects.

The technicians in Hublot’s workshops have created a unique setting with this new work of art, a transparent background through which we can contemplate both the artist's work and the intricate mechanics of the watchmakers in Nyon. Reusing the characteristic features of the Classic Fusion model, this 45mm-diameter case is cut from sapphire crystal, a technological feat pioneered by Hublot.

Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow

Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow © Hublot

The smiling flower presents a mischievous smile on a three-dimensional face that literally emerges from the watch dial, extending out beyond the sapphire crystal. 12 colourful petals rotate around this face, and their polychromatic effect is achieved by setting 487 stones representing the colours of the rainbow: rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, tsavorites, yellow and orange sapphires. Thanks to an ingenious ball-bearing system specially developed by Hublot’s engineers, the petals start turning under the watch crystal and bring Takashi Murakami’s smiling flower to life.

In the beating heart of the watch, the Nyon watchmakers have placed the company's HUB1214 calibre, here without the stopwatch function. This movement has a power reserve of 72 hours.

Targeting Contemporary Art insiders, the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow watch is available in a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.

"Our continuing collaboration with Takashi Murakami is taking us to new lands of expression as yet unexplored by the watchmaking world." says Ricardo Guadalupe Hublot CEO. "In this work, artistic creation and our company's know-how intertwine to give birth to a work of art you can wear on your wrist!” 

"This partnership with Hublot has enabled me to express my creativity in what is a totally new medium for me," declared Takashi Murakami. "The mastery of the watchmaker's technicians has opened up new fields of possibilities for my inspiration. The result is this new watch in the colours of the rainbow."  

Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow

Takashi Murakami © Hublot

 

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