Takashi Murakami’s Smiling Flower Becomes a Hublot Watch

After collaborating on timepieces with brands like Louis Vuitton and Casio G-Shock, the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami wasn’t interested, at least initially, in creating a watch for Hublot.

“It’s a concept I refused many times,” he said in a phone interview. “I thought, ‘I already did that.’”

Last year, however, the brand — which previously created watches with the graphic artist Shepard Fairey and the sculptor Richard Orlinski — persuaded Mr. Murakami to change his mind.

Their partnership produced the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black, which was unveiled last month at Hublot’s Ginza boutique in Tokyo.

The ceramic watch’s focal point is its 45-millimeter dial, adorned with the artist’s distinctive smiling flower

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