Takashi Murakami’s Hublot flower watch
Words by Rob Chilton
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The famous smiling motif of the Japanese artist has been applied to a stunning new Hublot watch
Damien Hirst had his dots, David Hockney had his swimming pools, Andy Warhol had his soup cans and Salvador Dali had his melting clocks. Takashi Murakami? Well, he has his smiling flowers.
The recognisable motif that’s been a feature of the Japanese artist’s work since 1995 – and which appeared on Kanye West’s 2007 album Graduation, as well as several ranges of Louis Vuitton clothing – now finds its way onto a Hublot watch.
The Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black has a flower head on the dial set with 107 black diamonds while the 12 encircling petals are studded with 456 black diamonds. Thanks to a clever ball-bearing system developed by Hublot’s engineers, the petals are able to turn. Limited to just 200 pieces, the 45mm watch has a black ceramic case with a polished satin finish.
Murakami, 59, visited the Hublot manufacture in Switzerland last February and was impressed by the technical skills he saw. “I realised to what extent the traditional know-how, precision, futuristic technology and craftsmanship were all intertwined in the creation of a watch,” says the artist. “Bringing my art into the creativity of these watchmakers represents a unique adventure for me.”
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