Swiss watch manufacturer Hublot unveils the MP-15, the first limited edition Hublot watch with a central flying tourbillon.

Developed with world renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, this quirky yet high-tech work of art offers a one-of-a-kind interpretation of the visual effects of sapphire.

Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe with Takashi Murakami wearing the MP-15 | Image: Supplied

With just 50 pieces available and priced at $316,000 (Dhs1,160,646 approx.), the MP-15 draws on Hublot’s high levels of craftsmanship fused with Murakami’s playful aesthetic. The skeletonised dial crafted from polished transparent composite resin is surrounded by 12 petals made entirely of sapphire. This central flying tourbillon features a sapphire case, sapphire case-back, and sapphire crown with an impressive power reserve of 150 hours, an exceptional technical feat for this type of complication. The modest 42mm timepiece is integrated with transparent rubber straps and sapphire crystal buckle for optimal comfort and fit. For the perfect finishing touches, Takashi Murakami has ably to underline its mischievous nature with two twinkling eyes and a broad smile.

“Up until now, my work has focused on colour. It was a really exciting challenge to start a whole new chapter focussing on absolute transparency. The forms and volumes are perceived completely differently. With Hublot, we were able to preserve the individuality of my floral motif, but with a unique and different identity which was purer and perfectly in tune with Hublot’s mechanical universe. I’m very proud of the result!” Takashi Marukami expresses.

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