EE’s Weekly Watch
Every new timepiece from renowned watchmakers Hublot elicits excitement. We love the second collaboration between the Swiss watchmaking manufacture and the brilliant American artist Shepard Fairey – Hublot’s Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey timepiece. A titanium sculpture for your wrist, it symbolizes the natural cycles of life and the unity between different cultures. After collaborations with artists Takashi Murakami and Richard Orlinski, Hublot unveils its third watchmaking work of art, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey.
American artist Shepard Fairey, painter, graphic designer, DJ, illustrator, street artist, skateboarder and founder of the OBEY Clothing company, also known by his pseudonym Obey, has designed this exclusive watch. Hublot’s motto “Be the first, be unique, be different” and the “Hublot Loves Art” program fuse together to present this creative and technical masterpiece. Stark, sturdy and unrelenting, the timepiece radiates a steely determination, discovers our CEO & Editor-in-chief Priyanka Sippy.
A Hublot ambassador since 2018, Shepard Fairey is probably the most politically influential artist of his generation. His works include the famous “Obama Hope” poster, an iconic image from Barak Obama’s electoral campaign in 2008, as well as the piece entitled “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” which he created as a symbol of hope for France after the 2015 terrorist attacks. His works are on show at t prestigious museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the MoMa in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to name but a few.
Hublot and Shepard Fairey chose a watch from the Classic Fusion collection as the basis for their second collaboration. On this piece, the American artist, greatly involved in the project, chose to bring to life a piece symbolizing a mandala, an ornamental symbol whose origins can be traced back simultaneously to several cultures across the planet. The mandala represents harmony, the cycle of life and the elements, as well as the precious nature of time in the mind.
Here, this pattern is brushed and engraved into the titanium, the material used to create the bezel and the 45-mm diameter case. This work continues on the dial, which has also been finely cut to reveal the self-winding chronograph movement, a calibre HUB1155 offering a power reserve of 42 hours.
In the center, the hands display Fairey’s signature “Star Gear” mark. A lined black rubber strap with a black stainless steel deploy ant buckle, also brushed, showcase the timepiece perfectly. The Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey timepiece is available now as a limited edition in the Hublot e-shop and boutiques.
This timepiece will help to raise funds for Amnesty International, an NGO formed of over 10 million people in 150 countries, which campaigns to put an end to human rights violations, in accordance with the theme of global harmony represented by the design engraved on the watch.
A watch with a mission, it is a once in a lifetime timepiece.