Hublot has built on its association between art and horology — the so called Art of Fusion — with the creation of the Classic Fusion Cruz-Diez in honor of the late Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez whose 20th century work is closely associated with the kinetic art movement.
“We are very excited to present this project. It is the culmination of developments made since our first collaboration with Carlos Cruz-Diez in 2015, and a tribute to his work. Kinetic art is a disruptive art form that places the spectator’s perception at the center of the piece in order to question the purpose and status of a work of art. Together, we have created a working piece of art that can be worn on the wrist,” Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe helpfully explains.
Mr Cruz-Diez said that color represents “an ephemeral, autonomous and ever evolving reality”. This prompted Hublot to design the dial of its Classic Fusion on two levels treated in saturated Pantone colors, 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 colors to evolve every second over a 24-hour period.
Limited editions are available in 38mm or 45mm in a choice of metals titanium, gold or ceramic.
Both 38mm and 45mm models house Hublot’s MHUB1100:H3 automatic movement.
Prices range from $10,800 for the 45mm piece in titanium to $12,900 in ceramic and $26,600 in gold.
The 38mm models cost $9,800 in titanium, $11,500 in ceramic and $20,900 in gold.