Takashi Murakami and Hublot Team Up To Create A Stunning Black Diamond Watch
Japanese artist and frequent fashion collaborator Takashi Murakami has stepped into the realm of fine watchmaking with a creative partnership with Hublot. His iconic flower motif, which comes with a smiley face, now appears on a Classic Fusion watch dial.
Unlike the vibrant and colourful flower that we have come to know, the smiling flower on this watch exudes a luxurious sheen in black diamonds. There is a total of 456 brilliant-cut diamonds set into the petals and 107 set into the face. While the dial is fixed to the sapphire glass, the petals are mobile, thanks to a ball-bearing system created by Hublot's engineers. The twirling petals lend a whimsical touch to the monochromatic watch with a black ceramic case and rubber strap. The watch is powered by an automatic movement.
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Murakami was initially hesitant to collaborate with a watch company for creative reasons. "I will only collaborate if I can be fully involved," he said.
So it was a surprise that when Hublot extended an invitation for him to work with its team at its factory, he came away impressed by what he saw.
"When I visited the Hublot manufacture in Switzerland for the first time, I realised to what extent the traditional know-how, precision, futuristic technology and craftsmanship were all intertwined in the creation of a watch. Bringing my art into the creativity of these watchmakers represents a unique adventure for me."