We chat with pi­anist Lang Lang at the open­ing of the first Hublot bou­tique in Hanoi, where he played one of his first con­certs since re­turn­ing from a ten­donitis in­jury

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How has the year off been for you?

It felt pretty good. I had more time to re­lax and more time to date. I did a lot of work with my foun­da­tion and a lot of mas­ter­classes. But now I’m back! I feel good and re­freshed, and hun­gry to get back to play­ing.

What gives you the most ca­reer sat­is­fac­tion?

I think it’s be­ing a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor about clas­si­cal mu­sic. When I was a kid, I was not very so­cia­ble. I was very shy and re­ally weird. But when I started mak­ing mu­sic, I started mak­ing friends. You play a song and ev­ery­body starts singing along. And at that mo­ment, you be­come friends. That’s the power of mu­sic.

How do you see the re­la­tion­ship be­tween clas­si­cal mu­sic and watch­mak­ing?

It’s time­less and has so much tra­di­tion be­hind it. Clas­si­cal mu­sic is from 300 years ago, and the same goes for watch­mak­ing. We need to re­spect what has been done in the past, but we have to chase the new time zone—that’s what I’m try­ing to do in clas­si­cal mu­sic and what Hublot is try­ing to do in watch­mak­ing. Re­spect the past but, at the same time, cre­ate a new dynasty.

What is the most in­ter­est­ing to you about watch­mak­ing?

The dis­ci­pline, per­haps. For Hublot, it’s not so much about the dis­ci­pline, but creat­ing an art piece. Ev­ery­thing is to­tally unique and has its own per­son­al­ity. The brand does a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tions with great artists. There are a lot of brands that do lim­ited edi­tions, but they do it with peo­ple who have al­ready passed away. [Laughs] I re­mem­ber once upon a time, I told an­other brand I was work­ing with that I had this won­der­ful idea, and it said, “No, no, you have to be dead! Then we’ll work with you!” There are a lot of tra­di­tional brands that are like that. Hublot is re­ally great in that re­spect— the brand is so cre­ative with their col­lab­o­ra­tions, and open to us­ing new ma­te­ri­als. What­ever you think of, the brand makes it work. I’m also re­ally hon­oured that Hublot wanted to make a watch with me around mu­sic-mak­ing. The watch I’m wear­ing now is the Clas­sic Fu­sion 45mm Ce­ramic Ultra-thin Lang Lang. It has mu­sic notes on the dial, and is su­per light be­cause it’s made of ti­ta­nium and ce­ramic, so I can eas­ily per­form with it strapped on my wrist. I also love the Clas­sic Fu­sion Tour­bil­lon Cathe­dral Minute Re­peater Car­bon Lang Lang, be­cause I never have to look at the watch to tell the time. I just push a but­ton and it will chime the time for me.

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