Continuing the brand’s relationship with modern art, Hublot has released the striking new Classic Fusion Cruz-Diez, a collaboration with the late Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diaz.
It’s true that any complication is a piece of art in itself – the mastery of mechanical engineering, the imagination that goes into its complexity, the visual symphony of the final product. However, Hublot’s newest collaboration takes things to the next level, using its Classic Fusion model as a canvas on which the kinetic art of Carlos Cruz-Diaz, whom the brand first worked with in 2015, lives on.
Presented in two case sizes – 45mm and 38mm, and in three materials, titanium 125 pieces), King Gold (50 pieces) and black ceramic (125 pieces), the new Classic Fusion Cruz-Diez features an array of colours in constant motion, changing in potentially infinite combinations. Beyond the purely visual effect, in which parallel discs rotate in sequence, the horological colour composition changes and evolves with the passing of the hours, minutes and seconds, mirroring other works by the late artist – a well-known figure in the world of kinetic art.
Considered one of the twentieth century’s greatest colour theorists, Carlos Cruz-Diez concluded from his analysis that colour represents “an ephemeral, autonomous and ever evolving reality”. This led Hublot to design the new watch’s dial on two levels treated in saturated Pantone colours, with the hour hand on the first level and the minute hand on the second, each driving the rotation of a transparent disc featuring printed black lines.
This system causes the pattern of colours to evolve every second over a 24-hour period. The piece – very much designed to be worn – also features the artist’s metallic signature on the caseback. The calfskin leather strap and the box extend the optical experience in pursuit of an eternal present.
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