Watch time in motion: Hublot's kinetic-optic art dials

Trippy timepieces

Watch time in motion: Hublot's kinetic-optic art dials
Artist Carlos Cruz-Diez paints Hublot's Classic Fusion timepiece a new kaleidoscopic kinetic face

Defined by a focus on movement in artwork, Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is a leading master in his field of kinetic-optic art. Enter the masculine Classic Fusion watch from Hublot that's the lastest canvas to Cruz-Diez's Chromointerférence (1964), and we've got three trippy beauts that are quirky additions to any timepiece collection. 

Layered over the artist's coloured lines on each watch dial is a mechanised black frame that shifts by the minute in a cycle of 12 hours, acting as a filter to generate new colours with each movement. Multiple variations of the artwork transform the iconic Swiss timepiece fitted with the brand's classic 'H' shaped screws in titanium, white gold, and 5N gold, bordering the 45mm watch faces. The Classic Fusion Cruz Diez comes in two versions: An 18-karat gold bezel and a black ceramic bezel, with a substantial power reserve of 48 hours.

The third timepiece from the collaboration however, is the Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cruz Diez outfitted in platinum that takes the cake with an impressive 115 hour power reserve. Bezel lugs come in different five different colours with matching strap stitchings. All three timepieces are then anchored by semi-matte alligator straps, allowing the colour rich dials to captivate in all its glory. 

Text: Andrea Sim

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