Swiss haute horologer Hublot partnered with Richard Orlinski, the world’s bestselling French contemporary artist, to create a novel Classic Fusion interpretation.
The masterpiece – Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski – blends the Maison’s groundbreaking horology with Orlinski’s captivating sensitivities to deliver a sculptural silhouette.
“The fusion of our two universes – that of Hublot who takes precious materials to create exceptional products, and my own bright world of colour inspired by Pop Art – came about quite spontaneously, almost naturally,” said Orlinski in a press statement.
Known for his creations such as the “Wild Kong” gorilla in Cannes and the crocodiles in Miami Design District, Orlinski has taken the same radical approach to designing the 45mm watch as he does with his art. His vision challenged Hublot Manufacture to produce a three-dimensional fold in the case, which had to be modeled prior to its rendition in ceramic and titanium.
Powered by HUB1155 self-winding movement, the two versions of Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski – in blue ceramic and polished titanium – boast sapphire-crystal dials, punctuated by 12 facets that extend to the bezel and crown.
“Original, bold, intriguing, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski is a sculpture which tells the time,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
Available in limited editions of 200 pieces, the two iterations received their premiere at Art Basel Miami, where they were on display at the brand’s Miami boutique and at the Markowicz Fine Art gallery, where the artist’s works were exhibited.