Murakami’s mischievous design stays — these playful eyes and a broad smile.
Coming from the creator who began off his creations with each color of the rainbow, throwing them into NFTs, and who simply bedazzled an all-sapphire crystal MP-15 with a wide range of colourful gems for Only Watch, Takashi Murakami has determined to go bare this time. “Up till now, my work has centered on shade,” stated the Japanese artist.
“It was a very thrilling problem to start out an entire new chapter focussing on absolute transparency. The kinds and volumes are perceived fully otherwise.
“With Hublot, we had been in a position to protect the individuality of my floral motif, however with a singular and completely different id which was purer and completely in tune with Hublot’s mechanical universe.”
MP-15 Tourbillon Sapphire
With the colours eliminated, there’s just one factor left to see … nicely, see-through. The intricate craftsmanship of the sapphire crystal case.
The focus of this avant-garde timepiece is Hublot’s inaugural series-produced central flying tourbillon — a groundbreaking achievement within the manufacture’s 40-year historical past. Positioned on the middle, it shares area with a mesmerizing sapphire flower motif, a creation by the famend artist Takashi Murakami.
The motif, comprised of 12 intricately crafted petals, is a symphony of sentimental curves and daring volumes, embodying Hublot’s pursuit of absolute transparency to boost luminosity.
The time is indicated by peripheral arms by passing beneath the tourbillon cage. The technical feat is accentuated by the absence of an higher bridge within the tourbillon, exposing its skeletonized parts, a visible testomony to the meticulous craftsmanship behind this timepiece.
The watch stays legible, with white indices on the flange, black-plated arms with SuperLuminova, and straightforward winding with a crown at 3 o’clock.
The MP-15 boasts a 150-hour energy reserve, a exceptional achievement for such a complication. To facilitate winding, Hublot features a specifically designed stylus that’s rechargeable through a USB cable.
You’re welcome to wind the crown as you usually would for those who discover the instrument-assisted methodology undeniably odd, however the added characteristic simply classifies the watch as a collector’s mannequin — similar to all of the MPs, stated Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, in an announcement.
Tech Specs: Hublot MP-15 Takashi Murakami Tourbillon Sapphire
Motion: Guide-winding HUB9015 Tourbillon; 150-hour energy reserve
Features: Hours and minutes; Flying minute tourbillon
Case: 43mm; polished sapphire crystal; Waterproof as much as 100m
Dial: Polished clear composite resin
Strap: Clear adorned rubber; sapphire crystal and titanium deployant buckle
Worth: CHF300,000; EUR330,000; USD316,000; GBP273,000
Availability: Restricted to 50 items