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Chances are you will have seen Richard Orlinski’s brightly coloured Pop Art-style multi-facetted beasts somewhere before. From his immense "Wild Kong" gorilla sculpture on the Croisette in Cannes and his crocodiles in the sunshine of the Miami Design District, to his 5-metre-tall bear on the snowy pistes of Courchevel. 


Eager to rise to challenges, Richard creates his sculptures by cutting them like diamonds and he never fails to rise to a challenge. In the hands of Richard Orlinski, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph is adorned with its iconic facets, 12 of course, like those that punctuate the dial of a watch! 


As one who appreciates exceptional expertise, the artist has designed a watch on the frontier of vintage and neo-futurist styles, just like his works inspired by the Pop Art movement. Pointing to the future, the hand of the watch becomes a symbolic metaphor for Richard Orlinski: as it never stops turning, it embodies infinity. 

Inspired by the same attention to detail and driven by the same passion, together, the contemporary artist and Hublot have designed an original creation, by pushing the boundaries of traditional watchmaking expertise. This is a creation where time becomes a work of art, and where art becomes an expression of time! 





The watch becomes a 45-mm work of art designed to be worn on the wrist. The Hublot x Richard Orlinski watch’s dial has been cast in sapphire crystal, while the case, crown, bezel and push buttons also feature the facets. The visionary design of Richard Orlinski presented a major challenge for the Hublot Manufacture: the work of Richard Orlinski - a three-dimensional fold in the case – had to be modelled before it was cut from titanium. This material features one of the artist's iconic signatures: mirror polishing. 





In 2004, at the age of 38, Richard Orlinski decided to dedicate himself fully to art. Inspired by nature's wildest animals, Richard Orlinski enjoys creating his monumental, brightly coloured sculptures of beasts, bringing them to life in the most unexpected places. From the peak of the pistes in Courchevel to our TV screens, and in open-air exhibitions from Paris to the provinces, the artist loves being where people least expect! 


Through his "Born Wild" concept, Richard Orlinski is trying to turn the animal's negative impulses into a positive emotion. Immersed in the Pop Art culture, the artist revisits the iconic objects which have inspired countless generations. Richard Orlinski mainly likes to work with contemporary materials such as resin and aluminium, but also uses bronze and stone. Nothing stops this visual artist when it comes to creating! 

Curious by nature, Richard Orlinski loves expressing his artistic sensibility in various fields: Sculpture, design, music... he likes to reach as many people as possible and, above all, provoke an immediate reaction! 


Since 2015, Richard Orlinski has risen to the top of the ranks of the world's bestselling contemporary French artists. (Source Art Price). 


Technical specifications

REFERENCE : 525.CI.0119.RX.ORL18 






- Calibre HUB1155 Self-winding

- Skeleton Chronograph Movement 



- 45mm

- Microblasted Black Ceramic  

- Faceted Design by « Richard Orlinski »

- Bezel : Microblasted Black Ceramic with 6 H-shaped Titanium Screws

- Water Resistance : 50m / 5 ATM

- Power reserve : 42h



- Hours & Minutes

- Date

- Chronograph



- Skeleton

- Sapphire Crystal 

- Polished black-plated

- Faceted Design by Richard Orlinski  



- Black Smooth Rubber Straps

- Black ceramic and black-plated stainless steel deployment buckle clasp


Who's who

“I’d known Jean-Claude for 20 years. When he took over Hublot, I offered to open a dedicated store in Paris. He came to see the premises. We talked together for barely 45 minutes before reaching an agreement.”


The relationship between Chronopassion and Hublot is built on mutual trust, spontaneity – and firm convictions about the projects with the greatest potential. As Lauren Adams would say, “there’s no point discussing what’s already been agreed.” It’s the perfect adage when it comes to the personalities of former Hublot CEO Hublot Jean-Claude Biver and Laurent Picciotto, the founder of Chronopassion.


Rather than simply being the story of a brand and its products, Hublot and Chronopassion is above all a story with a strongly personal touch. When Carlo Crocco created the Hublot watch with a gold case and a rubber strap in 1980, it was the first time in the history of watchmaking that a precious material, gold, had been used alongside rubber. In the mid-1990s, rubber became prized by many leading watchmaking brands, demonstrating that Hublot’s decision had been the right one. For the brand, rubber was anything but a fad – rather, it embodied its philosophy and became its hallmark.


Having headed up Hublot for fifteen years, Carlo Crocco became increasingly busy with work for his MDM Foundation, so he set out to find the right person to take the helm of the watchmaking firm. That was when he met Jean-Claude Biver, who had just left Blancpain. Biver put Hublot back on the road to recovery, becoming head of the company from May 2004 through to 2012. “Our paths crossed in 2006,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “Jean-Claude had already brought the brand right up to date, with lines like Big Bang, Classic Fusion and King Power.


This was the beginning of the rebirth of Hublot. He drew plans, diagrams, rebuses and roadmaps for me. When he stepped down from his position as CEO in 2012, I realised that he had had his entire roadmap in mind right from the word go. Not only that, but that he had completed it – ahead of time.” The takeover of BNB Concept proved to be a key turning-point for the brand. The company had been subcontracting for Hublot since 2004, dealing with complication watches, particularly tourbillons. At a time when BNB was struggling financially, Hublot offered to buy out the firm. The brand thereby became a “manufacture”, enabling it to supply haute horlogerie models, notably a large number of tourbillons and Minute Repeaters, as well as more atypical pieces such as the Key of Time.


Together, Laurent Picciotto and Jean-Claude Biver forged a partnership rather than a commercial relationship. The two men created a number of custom series and set about laying the foundations of what was to become Hublotista, the community of Hublot owners. At the end of the day, they are still motivated by passion – and guided above all by instinct.





Journalist : Olivier Müller

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