Through his faceted sculptures infused with allusions to pop art, Richard Orlinski has made shaking up the status quo his trademark. Turning convention on its head is also part of Hublot’s DNA. The contemporary French artist began a fruitful collaboration with the Hublot Manufacture in 2017. The result: singularly unmistakable angular timepieces bursting with colour. This year, Orlinksi’s artistic stamp is not just on the 40mm-diameter case but also on the dial and integrated metal strap made up of 83 parts. A real technical tour de force given the complexity of the inner workings!
The HUB1100 calibre sits neatly behind the sublime, fully embossed dial in black and white ceramic. This self-winding movement delivers a 42-hour power reserve. During this time, it accurately powers the traditional Dauphine hands, and the centre second hand with the characteristic Hublot “H” logo on its counterweight. “I like the idea that in any kind of art, you can capture a snapshot of an emotion and peel it back to its raw state in the eyes of the beholder, sublimate the fantastical and explore what the artist has transformed through their work.” Orlinski’s reflections come to life with the Classic Fusion Orlinski strap watch. Here, the strap and case work as one. The surface, in its three-dimensional articulation, exposes the customary mirror polished finish. Like the works of a visual artist, the watch creates a powerful visual impact. Enough to satisfy the non-conformist desires of any wrist, male or female!