NYON, Switzerland, June 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The central tourbillon could be interpreted as Hublot's intention to bring Haute Horlogerie back to prominence. Or, his round box might resemble a child's drawing of a 12-petaled daisy, tipped with green as a sign of hope. In any case, the strength of the Takashi Murakami Only Watch Sapphire MP-15 lies in the fact that everyone will see it as a symbol of what they value. It will flourish around as many values as there are colors, be they high-tech, exquisite, playful, unique, hypnotic... Haute Horlogerie meets High Jewelery in this highly creative timepiece inspired by Takashi Murakami's iconic smiling flower.
The floral composition is essential in the work of Takashi Murakami. This Japanese artist has risen from humble beginnings to become one of the world's most sought-after artists, and has been a Friend of Hublot since 2020. These co-creations have always been produced in limited edition series. This watch is even more limited: it is truly one of a kind. Unique by its nature (only one piece has been created), but also by its construction. What sets the MP-15 apart from any other piece the manufacture has created in its more than forty years of experience is its central tourbillon.
This central tourbillon represents the fusion of watchmaking art and design. An idea that finds an echo in Hublot's dedication to Haute Horlogerie and in the universe of Takashi Murakami. The idea is, without a doubt, that Haute Horlogerie occupies the center of the physical stage, but not only that. The idea is also to show that the tourbillon - the beating heart of the watch - represents the heart of the person who buys it at the auction to benefit research against Duchenne disease, and also the hearts of children who fight against the disease .
When envisioning this piece, Takashi Murakami explicitly requested the inclusion of a central tourbillon. A challenge in itself, it would become Hublot's first central tourbillon. This was a difficult challenge because it is very difficult to indicate the hours and minutes that compete for the same central position. In accepting Takashi Murakami's challenge, Hublot would have to make the right decisions to integrate the aesthetic components of the central tourbillon with the technical requirements.
In this design, the barrel pinion and the hour wheel were to pivot around the tourbillon bracket creating a co-axial construction. This was possible thanks to the central flying tourbillon that seems to be suspended in the air with two hands passing under its cage to indicate the hours and minutes. These hands gravitate around 12 luminescent indices reminiscent of the colors of the 2023 edition of the Hublot for Only Watch, in addition to maintaining the exact proportions required by the design so appreciated by Murakami, and which Hublot's R&D department had to follow closely. foot of the letter.
From the tourbillon and indices to the petals, fans of Takashi Murakami's colorful poetry will follow suit on this MP-15, from the inside out, where 12 petals richly set with 444 precious stones give the timepiece a bright and cheerful aesthetic. Like a real flower, these petals are angled towards the center of the movement. The clear and bold color demarcations are representative of the Only Watch 2023. The idea was not to offer a traditional rainbow gradient effect, but to play with the brilliance of the shadows and the sparkle of the precious stones, like a child playing with his crayons, creating a brilliant piece of Superflat Art for the doll.
But that's not all: true to the Murakami universe, under its domed sapphire crystal, this MP-15 Only Watch reveals a fine laser engraving depicting a wide smile, complete with two smiling eyes. This colorful piece offers an escape into the vivid imagination of Takashi Murakami, and the brilliant energy of the clock is an ode to the incredible power of a child's wonder and endless curiosity.
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