This year in February, Hublot unveiled a collection of 13 smiling flower dial timepieces in collaboration with Takeshi Murakami, the Japanese contemporary artist. Now, the association between the two brings has the new MP-15 Takashi Murakami, another flower motif dial timepiece. Limited to only 50 pieces, the latest reference is the first limited edition created by the brand with a central flying tourbillon.
What's special about the MP-15 Takashi Murakami from Hublot
You won't find a conventional dial on the MP-15 by Takashi Murakami: in this model, the case, movement and dial merge into an extraordinary composition in the shape of a flower.
Hublot's first mass-produced flying central tourbillon is the centerpiece and attracts everyone's attention. The tourbillon is surrounded by Takashi Murakami's iconic motif - a 12-petal flower made entirely of sapphire. The case, back and crown are also made of sapphire, the translucent flange and the transparent rubber strap enhance the look.
“So far my work has focused on color. It was an exciting challenge to now open a completely new chapter that focuses on absolute transparency. The shapes and volumes are perceived completely differently. Together with Hublot, we were able to preserve the individuality of my floral motif, but give it a unique and different identity, purer and in perfect harmony with Hublot's mechanical universe. I am very proud of the result!” – explains Takashi Murakami
The HUB9015 hand -wound flying central tourbillon has a frequency of 21,600 A/h and a power reserve of 150 hours - an exceptional performance for a complication of this type. For complete winding, Hublot supplies a special pin that is charged via a USB port can be. It is placed on the crown to wind it gently and easily with 100 revolutions until the two barrels that drive the central tourbillon are fully wound.
Hublot also designed its tourbillon without a top bridge. All components are skeletonized, part of the gear train and all components of the tourbillon, which seemingly floats in space, are visible.
“Our customers don't want to have to choose between technology and style: they want to have both without having to compromise. And our job is not to meet their expectations, but to exceed them. That's exactly what we do with our MP-15. This watch celebrates sapphire, a material that only the Hublot manufacture has mastered to such perfection, both in terms of its complexity and its geometry. The result is a unique light play that stages a major premiere: the first central tourbillon that Hublot produces in an extremely limited edition. It’s a collector’s item – just like all our MP models.” – adds Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot.
The hands of this unusual clock were moved to the edge to display the time. The hours and minutes are indicated all around by the tips of two hands. These are not arranged centrally, but peripherally and run under the tourbillon cage. Twelve white indices on the flange and the black-coated hands with white Superuminova ensure constant readability. The watch is wound and set via a crown at 3 o'clock. The new MP-15 has a diameter of 42 millimeters .
The reference 915.JX.4802.RT is numbered as a limited series XX/50 and costs INR 30,000,000
The story was previously published in WatchTime.net
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