Tristan Eaton and Hublot Honor the "Concrete Jungle"
The common wisdom about street artists is that they come from those streets themselves, drawing power from the grit between the sidewalk stones and the car exhaust that drifts between painted buildings. There’s a truth to that sentiment, but it’s not the exclusive truth. High fashion melds with more pedestrian arts all the time, and often gives over to these artists to help guide them creatively and move into unchartered waters. Tristan Eaton did that this fall when legendary watch company Hublot invited him to help them create a limited edition watch with his spin on things.
The “Concrete Jungle” Classic Fusion Aerofusion Watch was inspired by the streets of New York. Tristan had Hublot create a mixture of concrete and epoxy resin, the first time that concrete has been featured on a Hublot face. On the other side of the watch, against the wearer’s skin, is Tristan’s painting of The Statue of Liberty. Even if the concrete aspect is too conceptual to understand the theme it’s there on the back.
“When I met Jean-Francois [Sberro, Hublot America’s Managing Director], he had come to Miami to meet me, and I was painting a wall, sweaty and covered in dirt, probably had the worst B.O., and wearing a spray mask. He saw through all of that,” Tristan says. “[New York] made me the artist I am today. I’m sure everyone here knows how hard this city can be, so to fight through that jungle and persevere means a lot. This project is a really great way to honor [that].”
The watch is limited to 50 pieces, so if you want one act fast! Each watch retails for $19,500.