The New Hublot X Murakami Collab Is A Bundle Of Joy
Just when you thought that the Hublot x Takashi Murakami watch couldn’t get any cuter.
When Hublot announced it teamed up with Japanese pop artist, Takashi Murakami, with the launch of the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black earlier this February, the ensuing fanfare resulted in all 200 pieces of the ultra-cute collectible being quickly spoken for.
Not that we ought to be surprised. The coming together of two titans of their fields, coupled with the fact that the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black is really a very lovely watch, eliciting uncontrollable “Awwws” each time the watch’s gem-encrusted petals spin at the slightest flick, meant that Hublot or Murakami fans worth their salt were fired up to a piece of this horological-pop art mash-up.
Now, there is chance yet for collectors who missed out the first time. The new Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow offers more of the debut model’s luxed-up kawaii-ness, expressed this time in a glittery show of colours on the dial. A total of 487 precious stones - rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, tsavorites, yellow and orange sapphires – are set on Murakami’s iconic flower motif on the dial for a dazzling, shimmery dance of colours.
Like before, the dial enchants with its three-dimensionality. The flower motif features rotating petals, while the ‘smiley face’ is inserted separately in the sapphire glass that lends the dial a sculptural quality. Powered by the automatic HUB1214 calibre with 72-hour power reserve, the watch comes in a transparent sapphire case and is paired with a transparent lined rubber strap, exuding a breezy, joyful personality that is a perfect expression of Murakami’s art.
The colourful Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow may seem to be the opposite of the monochromatic sophistication of the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black. But the childlike exuberance of Murakami’s art – not to mention extreme desirability – ensure that both models will tug at hearts and wallets with the same adorable charms.
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