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Colour & Materials
Published: 5 Feb 2016

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Colour-Changing Watch

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Chromointerférence watch by Hublot

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot has produced a limited-edition range of colour-shifting watches based on the work of French-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez.

As one of the leading figures of kinetic-optic art, Cruz-Diez's work explores how moving one's field of vision over various shapes, colours and textures creates a variety of effects. His multicoloured Chromointerférence artwork from 1964 has been translated onto three art-themed timepieces, each made out of 18 carat gold alloy, a platinum tourbillon mechanism and black ceramic.

The dials are printed with an array of eye-popping, contrasting coloured stripes. A mobile black frame is placed over the fixed design, which moves every minute to generate a range of new colours. The appearance gradually shifts over the course of 12 hours, before the cycle repeats itself.

For more projects exploring the mesmerising effects of transformative colour, see Phase-Changing Colour and our Prismatic colour rationale for A/W 17/18.

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