Hublot MP-15 Takashi Murakami Tourbillon Sapphire Watch Launch

Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot held an exclusive event at the Jubilee Ballroom, Raffles Hotel, to commemorate the launch of its newest collaboration with the internationally acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami. 

The limited-edition MP-15 Takashi Murakami Tourbillon Sapphire was built with absolute transparency in mind. Offering a monochromatic interpretation of Murakami’s vibrant works, the cutting-edge timepiece was designed with a 12-petaled dome of transparent, synthetic sapphire, where its floral curves and intricate details glistened under the diffused glow of light.

Presented with grandeur flair, the historic ballroom was outfitted with a dazzling silver-themed interior fit-out in harmony with the aesthetic of the limited-edition timepiece.

Client

Directions Group Inc.

Scope

  • Technical Planning
  • Fabrication
  • Installation and Dismantling
  • Project Management

“The synergy between Murakami’s creative essence for play and Hublot’s futuristic technological advancements was reflected in the look and feel of the event exhibition.”

At the heart of the space, a central stage was built featuring a double-sided curved wall. Adorned with patterned wallpaper showcasing Murakami’s iconic flower motif on one side, the other side was revealed through a rotating mechanism, unveiling the coveted MP-15 watch and the sculptured, three-dimensional, large-scale rendition of Murakami’s flower motif.

The grandiose of the set-up was further accentuated with cool, flexible neon lights fitted into the stage’s backdrop. 

Video Credit: Hublot Singapore

The event presentation space opened to a foyer, outfitted with Murakami’s signature flower pattern, some of which were lined with flexi LED light strips to produce a three-dimensional effect. Murakami’s essence for play was incorporated into the welcoming venue with an interactive photo wall, featuring a structured, satin-finish backdrop with the collaboration’s logo imprinted on the luminescent panels.

Hublot MP-15 Takashi Murakami Tourbillon Sapphire Watch Launch Photowall
Hublot MP-15 Takashi Murakami Tourbillon Sapphire Watch Launch Interior Decor

A reflective passageway guided guests to the main event area, providing them with an avenue to witness the inspirational synergy between Hublot and Murakami. Emulating a kaleidoscope, a hexagonal acrylic mirror photo wall fixture was incorporated into the event set-up. Illumination of the neon lights bounced off the metal surfaces of the custom-built bars, DJ stand and podiums, casting a gleaming prism of specular reflections around the event space reminiscent of Hublot’s intended aesthetic.

With Hublot, we were able to preserve the individuality of my floral motif, but with a unique and different identity which was purer and perfectly in tune with Hublot's mechanical universe.
- Takashi Murakami

Photo Courtesy: ©TM/KK