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Takashi Murakami’s new Hublot Classic Fusion shows off a rainbow of gems

Hublot has unveiled the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow, featuring the Japanese artist’s signature smiley flower, iced-out by Hublot.

It’s the perfect dose of playfulness and luxury for Hublot to end the year with. Takashi Murakami refreshes his iconic Hublot partnership with a stunning new Classic Fusion, or as they describe it, “A whirlwind of transparency and colour.”

The two kicked off 2021 with a blacked-out iteration of the very same piece, and now they’re closing the year with a rainbow delight and a serious burst of bling. With this new piece, Murakami continues to transpose the Kawaii world onto horology. The artist retains his beloved smiley-faced flower, which is globally recognised as his unofficial watermark.

Hublot debuts the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow

Hublot Cassic Fusion Takashi Murakami
Images courtesy: Hublot & Takashi Murakami

What else is new? Hublot’s master technicians have perfected the art of transparency, which shows off both Takashi’s work as well as the brand’s mechanical marvels underneath. In form, it’s the Classic Fusion at its finest. The 45-mm case sapphire crystal cut-case is as impressive as the haute mastery on its dial. It’s also a technologically pioneering spec for the brand.

Hublot Cassic Fusion Takashi Murakami
Images courtesy: Hublot & Takashi Murakami

Now here’s the part of the watch I’m most excited to talk about: the dial. That diamond-infused sunflower with such a mischievous smile is three-dimensionally crafted and sits above the sapphire crystal. This is thanks to an ingenious ball-bearing system specially developed by Hublot’s engineers, which allows the petals to spin under the smiley face, bringing Takashi Murakami’s smiling flower to life. With 12 vibrant petals rotating around its face, it creates a polychromatic effect. At first glance, it’s understandably difficult to interpret which precious stones are in the mix here. To break it down for you, it’s a mix of rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, tsavorites, yellow and orange sapphires, all adding up to a total of 487 stones. That’s 384 on the petals and 103 on the glass.

Underneath this rests the heart of the timepiece: the HUB 1214 calibre, which is self-winding and offers a power reserve of 72 hours. Also, on the case back we see “LIMITED EDITION + ©TM/KK” boldly highlighted. The watch is finished off with a strap of transparent lined rubber. The Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow is limited to just 100 pieces, each priced at US$106,000 (approx S$144,694).

 

All images: Courtesy Hublot & Takashi Murakami

Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.
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