Until recently, there have been very few timepieces dedicated to music, but there is one watchmaker that has devoted an entire section of its watch collection to jazz.
Oris has created a series named after the most famous names in the history of jazz, such as John Coltrane, Chet Baker and, er, Bob Dylan. This limited edition piece is dedicated to the pianist Thelonious Monk, a jazz genius whose highly individual take on the rudimentary rules of jazz helped change the art form forever.
Famed for his dexterous fingers and seemingly simple yet highly complex music, his style has inspired jazz, the blues and the watchmakers at Oris. The simplicity of its design reflects the effervescent sounds of jazz, while the blue sunburst dial represents the music that arose from the black culture of the American South, which has since taken over the world.
Oris have even added a little “kink” in the design at 11 o’clock and at the 11th minute to reflect the Mad Monk’s unconventional accents on the keyboard. Perhaps, more precisely than the swirling beats of jazz, the watch ticks along with precision, driven by an automatic mechanical movement housed in a polished stainless steel case.
First published in Esquire Singapore's December 2015 issue.