takashi murakami and hublot 

 

following its all-black debut, takashi murakami drops a second timepiece as part of the hublot classic fusion collaboration. now, the face is illuminated with the artist’s signature rainbow palette. the japanese designer has translated his trademark smiling flower into a spectrum of 384 gemstones — including rubies, amethysts, tsavorites, and pink, blue, yellow, and orange sapphires — all set within a fully transparent 45mm sapphire crystal hublot case.

 

the bejeweled petals of the smiling flower are mounted on a ball bearing system which allows them to spin independently when the watch is worn on the wrist. beneath the flower is a hublot HUB1214 automatic movement with a power reserve of 72 hours.

takashi murakami hublotimages courtesy of hublot (see more here)

 

 

100-piece limited edition

 

takashi murakami (see more here) comments on the collaborative effort:this partnership with hublot has enabled me to express my creativity in what is a totally new medium for me. 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.’

 

the classic fusion takashi murakami sapphire rainbow is a 100-piece numbered limited edition and is available now through hublot for $106,00 USD.

takashi murakami hublot

 

 

luxury craft and playful design

 

with the classic fusion collaboration, takashi murakami continues to hybridize the worlds of art and fashion, luxury and play. with its kawaii imagery and rainbow palette, the timepiece is child-like, almost like a toy. still, the piece shows intricate and meticulous craftsmanship, a signature of hublot. the glittering, rotating 12-petal flower shows as a vibrant icon, set within the otherwise colorless sapphire crystal case and translucent band.

 

take a look here at takashi murakami’s first iteration of the hublot classic fusion, which shows the iconic smiling flower rendered entirely in black diamonds.

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