By: Alessandra Adams By: Alessandra Adams | October 6, 2022 | Watches & Jewelry
Luxury and artistry come together in a new timepiece that blends modern design with classic harmony.
Popular contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey and luxury Swiss watchmakers Hublot have teamed up once again to create a very limited edition offering, and it’s one of the pair’s most striking yet.
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Meet the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey, an all-black watch that boasts an expertly detailed mandala for a centerpiece. Cased in ceramic with rubber straps, the intricate face features chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
“Over the course of my watchmaking partnership with Hublot, I discovered that the Mandala—a recurring theme of my work and an ongoing source of inspiration—lives in perfect harmony and balance within a timepiece,” Fairey is quoted in a press release. “It naturally became the center piece for my collaboration.”
The moodiness of the watch is enhanced with all black elements and a sapphire dial.
This is just the latest in a string of collaborations between the celebrated street artist-turned-gallerist and the beloved watchmaker.
Back in 2018, the two partnered on the Big Bang Mecca-10 Shepard Fairey timepiece. That watch was limited to 100 pieces and offered in two colors. After partnering again in 2020, this timepiece marks the pairs third such offering—except this timepiece will be limited to 50 existing pieces, making it the most rare Hublot x Fairey collaboration to date.
If you don’t know Fairey by his face, you might recognize his Obey clothing company or his ubiquitous Hope posters from the 2008 Obama campaign. A longtime favorite among the skateboarding and activism communities, his work often features vibrant blues, reds and yellows.
If you’re a watch collector or simply love the artistry of Fairey, this watch is a delicate balance of the two. If you want to get your hands on one, you’ll have to act fast. The 50 pieces available for sale can only be purchased in North America.
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph All Black Shepard Fairey are set to retail for $25,200, and are to be sold exclusively through Hublot’s website or Hublot’s North American boutiques. Learn more at hublot.com.
Photography by: Courtesy of Hublot