Technical innovation and cutting-edge design have always been part of Hublot’s DNA. In the 1980s, its ‘Art of Fusion’ philosophy revolutionized the luxury watchmaking industry—the brand was the first one to use both gold and rubber in a timepiece—and established the company as a leader on the market. Now, fresh off its high-fashion collaboration with avant-garde designer Yohji Yamamoto, the company revealed its second artistic partnership with one of contemporary art’s most emblematic figures—namely Marc Ferrero. This time, the French artist and pioneer of Storytelling Art re-imagined the company’s Big Bang One Click timepiece in two striking versions in black and white.
The limited-edition watches that will only be produced in one hundred pieces pay tribute “to the woman of the 21st century—a heroine of modern times, multifaceted, assured, and enigmatic.”
Ferrero uses his “Lipstick” artwork as inspiration for both models—a bold red lipstick at six o’clock adds a pop of color and drama to the monochrome dials.
The version in all-white is made from satin-finish polished steel and resin, has a lacquered dial, and comes fitted with calf-leather-and-rubber strap. The second model features a lacquered dial in black and white and a 39mm black ceramic case. The bezels of both watches are set with 42 diamonds weighing approximately one carat adding some extra sparkle.
“I love the power of black and white. Shade and light. Yin and Yang. One is profound, unclassifiable, eternal. The other is subtle, ethereal, timeless. They symbolize antitheses and complementarity. Choosing black and white means getting straight to the point without an excess of tonalities. The black and white make ‘Lipstick’ even more graphic and its red lipstick—more magnetic,” Ferrero stated in a press release.
The new Big Bang watches retail for $19,400 and are available in select Hublot boutiques.