Oris watches showed off their latest design at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho last week. The Wednesday night party saw the launch of the new limited edition Chet Baker watch, named after the renowned jazz singer himself. He is probably most famous for classic songs including “What A Difference A Day Makes” and “My Funny Valentine”, with the opening bars of the latter forming the hour indexes on the watch face.
The new watch is available in a limited edition run of 1929 pieces, to acknowledge the year when the singer was born, and unlike many modern designs features a no mechanical metronome working mechanism. It has a stainless steel case, black crocodile imprint leather strap and folding clasp made again from stainless steel. For those of you who are interested in the technical specifications as well, the watch is made to be water resistant to 30 metres depth.
The launch night itself was an intimate event in the bar upstairs, with one of the Chet Baker watches on display for guests to see and try on. When it came to my turn even though it may be a men’s watch it looked just as good on a female wearer so I may be investing myself, account balance permitting of course. Members of Chet Baker’s family were also there to see the fitting tribute to him in what was a very appropriate place to do so.
Having been a manufacturer of Swiss watches since 1904, Oris focuses their designs on the worlds of aviation, motor sports, diving and culture to create products that are timeless rather than temporary one season wonders. Their motto is “real watches for real people and with this new watch the company has no doubt once again produced another design piece that looks set to be a lasting classic.