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Oris - Thelonious Monk Limited Edition

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Following the John Coltrane Limited Edition presented last year, in 2015 Oris celebrates another mythical jazz musician and composer with the Thelonious Monk Limited Edition.

The revolutionary pianist (1917 - 1982) is remembered in particular for his use of dissonance in his music and for the unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations.

In 1944, Thelonious Monk wrote Round Midnight, which has since become the most recorded jazz standard composed by a jazz musician.

The new tribute watch features a 40 mm polished steel case with a sunray finished smoke blue dial with polished dots to mark the hours. If you look closely, you will notice 11 minute markers between the 10 and 12-hour markers, in some way a nod to Monk’s dissonant technique.

The case back is engraved with the words 'MONK ALWAYS KNOW', referring to one of Monk’s verbal jokes inspired by the letters on his custom-made ring which appeared to say 'KNOW' but could also be read 'MONK' if spelt backward with the 'W' inverted.

The movement of choice is the Oris 733 self-winding movement, based on Sellita SW 200, beating at 28,800 vph with a power reserve of 38 hours. A black leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp completes the watch.

A limited edition of 1000 pieces, the Oris Thelonious Monk (ref, 733 7712 4085) will be on sale next spring with a retail price of Euro 1.700 / Swiss Francs 1,800.

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