Feed me, Seymour! Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami has interpreted his familiar, smiling-flower emblem in black diamonds with the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black Hublot timepiece.
You’d be forgiven for coveting one of these adorable pieces to add a measure of exuberance in this period of austerity.
The signature Classic Fusion All Black immediately resonated with the new Hublot ambassador’s personal artistic style when he visited the manufacturer in February 2020.
In a collaboration with Hublot, the founder of the Superflat post-modern art movement — which is influenced by manga and anime — has created a watch with a dynamic, 3D effect through the placement of the flower’s central big grin on the outside of the sapphire glass and a ring of petals beneath, which rotate thanks to an ingenious ball-bearing system.
Giving the flower an even more pronounced effect, the 12 black-plated petals are set with 456 brilliant black diamonds and the black, lacquered dial with 107. This might be the most expensive Tamagotchi you own but it’s one that will solicit worthy admiration rather than exhaustive petting.
Housed in its 45mm satin-finished and polished, black ceramic case is the self-winding MHUB1214 Unico calibre movement offering a 72-hour power reserve, guaranteed to keep your new best friend well nourished during your downtime.
• Presented on a black-lined rubber strap and limited to 200 pieces, it will retail for around R430,000.