THE TAKASHI MURAKAMI x HAJIME ASAOKA “DEATH TAKES NO BRIBE” TOURBILLION WATCH
For the past several years the market has been flooded with a slew of meaningless high-end product collabs that usually trade more on mutual brand currency than shared artistic synergy. And now, in stark contrast, we present an object that might be the antidote: The new Takashi Murakami x Hajime Asaoka Tourbillon watch. Previewed earlier this year, the masterpiece of horology was officially debuted at last month’s Baselworld watch fair and perfectly showcases the incredible precision and meticulous attention to detail of the two artists involved. Takashi Murakami, is, of course, the power artist of Japan whose cartoon artworks are hand-rendered with exacting technique and laborious attention to detail to give them the appearance of perfect, machine produced products. Hajime Asaoka is the totally self-taught master watchmaker of Tokyo (not a country associated with high-end watch production) whose standards in creating the ultimate in timekeeping, the tourbillion movement, is on par with the world’s finest examples of the craft. Together, their new collaboration, “Death Takes No Bribe,” featuring imagery from Murakami’s recent series of skull paintings, is a suiting tribute to the master craftsmanship of each respective artist and a visually stunning example of form and function that will set potential collectors back well over $100K. Have a look:
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