Swiss watchmaker Oris has released the Sun Wukong Limited Edition, a 2,000-piece limited-edition version of its Aquis Date diver’s watch. Designed and produced in partnership with the Shanghai Animation Film Studio Co. (SAFS), this special series celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Chinese animated feature film, The Monkey King.
The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven was produced by the Wan brothers and originally released by SAFS in 1961. The Monkey King, or Sun Wukong in Mandarin Chinese, is a legendary mythical figure from the 16th century Chinese classic novel Journey to the West. The story tells of how Sun Wukong, a monkey born from stone, acquires supernatural powers before rebelling against heaven.
In the story, the Monkey King acquires a red pillar with golden tips that he shrinks to become a staff to fight his enemies and their unjust ways with, creating the “uproar” described in the title. Today, the Monkey King is an icon of Chinese culture.
The Sun Wukong Limited Edition is the first limited-edition version of the Aquis Date 41.5 mm. Inspired by the mythical Monkey King, it boasts a playful red and golden-tipped seconds hand and repeating geometric dial design.
The Monkey King has a magical red and golden pillar that he uses to defeat his enemies. The seconds hand is inspired this weapon. To express how fast the Monkey King spins it in battle, the designers abstracted the form, adding repeating flashes of blue that diminish and return in size and colour to suggest constant motion.
It has a stainless steel case and a uni-directional rotating bezel with an ocean blue ceramic bezel-insert. This timepiece features crown protectors, a screw-down crown and a stainless steel bracelet with an extendable folding clasp. The watch is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres). The automatic mechanical movement of the watch provides a power reserve of 38 hours.
The screwed stainless steel case back is engraved with the head of Sun Wukong and his staff, while the same dial abstraction repeats on the special presentation case.
Model: Oris Aquis Date Sun Wukong Limited Edition
Reference: 733 7766 4185-Set
Multi-piece stainless steel case
Size 41.50 mm (1.634 inches)
Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, screwed, special engravings
Operating devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water resistance: 30 bar (300 metres)
Indices and hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
Seconds hand inspired by the magical red and golden pillar of the Monkey King
Number Oris 733
Power reserve: 38 hours
Hours, minutes and central sweep seconds hands, date with quick setting, stop second device, date window at 6 o’clock
Multi-piece stainless steel metal bracelet, security folding clasp with extension
2,000 pieces, special presentation box
Swiss retail price