Honouring and remembering great jazz figures is something that Oris aims to do and their latest time piece is the Oris Thelonious Monk Limited Edition.
Touted as 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 watch is a celebration of his distinctive style and talent. The 40mm steel watch has a sun ray 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 his 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’.
It is available from May 2015 at Oris boutiques in Sunway Pyramid and One Utama.