Details on the renowned Japanese artist's first watch collaboration with Hublot

Japanese artist and frequent fashion collaborator Takashi Murakami has finally stepped into the realm of fine watchmaking with a creative partnership with Hublot. His iconic motif of the flower with a smiley face in the middle now appears on a Classic Fusion watch dial.

Unlike the vibrant and colourful flower that we have come to know, the smiling flower in this watch exudes a luxurious sheen in black diamonds. There is a total of 456 brilliant cut diamonds for the petals and 107 for the face. While the face is fixed to the sapphire glass, the petals are mobile, thanks to a ball-bearing system created by the Hublot 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 never interested to collaborate with a watch company because he doesn't want to have only his art printed on the packaging. "I will only collaborate if I can be fully involved," he said.

But Hublot extended an invitation for him to work with its team at its factory anyway, and 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," Murakami enthused.

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