Swiss watch brand Oris introduces the next in its historic line of watches honouring iconic figures from the world of jazz. The Oris Thelonious Monk Limited Edition celebrates the incomparable talents of one of America’s finest jazz pianists and composers.
Thelonious Monk was one of the guiding lights of modern jazz. He’s remembered in particular for his use of dissonance in his music, a style defined by harmonies that are unstable within an overall harmonic context. In 1944, he wrote Round Midnight, which has since become the most recorded jazz standard composed by a jazz musician.
The Oris Thelonious Monk Limited Edition is a celebration of Monk’s distinctive style and talent. The 40mm steel watch has a sunray finished smoke blue dial with polished dots, and has the uncommon arrangement of 11 minute markers between the 10 and 12-hour markers, a nod to Monk’s dissonant technique.
On the reverse, the case back is engraved with the words ‘MONK ALWAYS KNOW’, referring to one of Monk’s many memorable quips inspired by the letters on his custom-made ring. To audiences, the ring appeared to say ‘KNOW’, but when approached, he would explain it read ‘MONK’.
The watch will be presented in a wooden box with a satin grey lacquer finish and delivered in May 2015, priced CHF 1,800.00.
Model: Oris Thelonious Monk Limited Edition
Ref. No. 733 7712 4085, Ø 40.00mm
Limited to 1,000 pieces
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on SW200
Polished multi-piece stainless steel case and stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 3 bar
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
Special engraved case back and engraved limited number
Sunray finished smoke blue dial with polished dots and nickel hands
Black leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp
Swiss Retail Price CHF 1,800.00