Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot dropped a Classic Fusion timepiece in collaboration with late Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. The watch features an array of colors in constant motion, changing and evolving with the passing of time. Mirroring other works by Cruz-Diez, the color composition reflects the artist’s interest in kinetic energy, optical forms and the liberation of color.
Cruz-Diez’s work is based on the moiré effect, in which lines of contrasting color give the impression of movement. For the artist, color was “an ephemeral, autonomous and ever-evolving reality” that served as “a continuous present.” Bringing the artist’s ideas to life, the Classic Fusion’s dial is designed on two levels; the hour hand sits on the first level, while the minute hand is on the second. Each drives the rotation of a transparent disc which features printed black lines, causing the pattern of Pantone-saturated colors to evolve every second over a 24-hour period. The timepiece is finished with a calfskin leather strap and the artist’s signature on the case-back.
“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,” explains Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. “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.”
The Classic Fusion Cruz-Diez is available with two case sizes (45 mm and 38 mm) in a choice of three materials: King Gold, titanium and black ceramic. Take a closer look at Hublot’s latest timepiece in the gallery above and head over to hublot.com for more information.