It’s no secret that Swiss watch brand Hublot is all about the “art of fusion.” This brand exudes fusion in everything it does, proudly, and sometimes loudly, exclaiming “Hublot Loves ….” Art, soccer, music, or whatever the related topic may be. The brand has also long been involved in partnerships outside of the watch world, particularly collaborations with artists. Last week in Los Angeles, Hublot unveiled its newest timepiece that is in collaboration with artist Shepard Fairey, and it brings the concepts of stealth black and Mandala to new heights. Meet the Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey watch.
Yes, it is a mouthful to say, but that’s ok, it’s worth the time. The watch is a North American limited edition piece inspired by the art of Mandala and unveiled at a luxe event at Delilah’s in West Hollywood with Hublot friends actor Jeremy Piven, musician Masego, DJ Z Trip and a host of others. With a cultural backdrop of Moroccan inspired lanterns and the Hublot boutique wrapped in Fairey’s Mandala motif, the concept came boldly to light.
The 45mm watch boasts a Shepard Fairey black-on-black Mandala design. The watch is crafted of microblasted black ceramic, and the case is engraved with a décor designed by Fairey. Similarly, the sapphire decor of the dial is designed by Fairey. Even the case back and bezel are made of ceramic and the strap is lined rubber. It is powered by the HUB 1155 mechanical movement with 207 parts and a power reserve of 42 hours. Just 50 pieces will be made, each retailing for $25,200. The watch is only available at Hublot’s North American boutiques or online at Hublot.com/US.
According to Fairey, his watchmaking partnership with Hublot brought him to this design code. “I discovered that the Mandala, a recurring theme of my work and an ongoing source of inspiration, lives in perfect harmony and balance within a timepiece and it naturally became the center piece for my collaboration.”