Fantasy, excessive artistry, and stable watchmaking whimsically coalesce in Oris’s restricted version Solar Wukong Artist Version, the just-introduced timepiece impressed by the Chinese language animated movie The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven. And in a novel twist, the dial presents hand-rendered cloisonné enamel, an artwork type utilized by Oris for the primary time.
“We have been curious to discover a brand new side for Oris and push our personal boundaries on this planet of watchmaking,” stated Oris co-CEO Rolf Studer of the brand new watch, which was created in collaboration with the Shanghai Animation Movie Studio Co.
“To mix this theme of Asian origin with the artwork of enameling and the cloisonné method felt very pure,” he defined. “Additionally, we wished to depict the visible world of this film versus the classical themes which are typically used with this [artisanal] method.”
Additional leaning into the sudden, the model selected the flagship no-frills dive watch Aquis because the canvas, whose ocean-hued dial décor options the mythological Dragon King’s underwater palace. The Dragon King is an integral character within the legend of the Monkey King, which dates to the sixteenth century.
“We actually took a scene from the film – the one the place the Monkey King is diving all the way down to the Dragon King’s Palace,” defined Studer.
Cloisonné – at its most elemental – is an artwork type that employs skinny wire to separate various shades of vitreous enamel to create a design or image. It has been utilized in jewellery making for the reason that twelfth century BCE, and it’s no stranger to look at dials, having discovered recognition within the collections of a variety of upscale watchmakers.
And that is the place Oris once more covers new floor, putting the Hölstein-based model squarely within the territory of high-end watchmakers recognized for his or her artisanal crafts reasonably than their skill to supply a whole lot of watch at an affordable worth.
A sole Swiss artisan crafts every dial, which may take three days to finish. Every is exclusive due to the vagaries of the human hand and the excessive temperatures (800°C) required to soften the compartmentalized glass powders on the white gold dial plate.
“I feel we created a bit of artwork, and it has that ingredient of quirk that we wished,” stated Studer of the part-jewelry-part-workhorse watch.
Oris Aquis Solar Wukong Artist Version
The Solar Wukong Artist Version has a 41.5 mm stainless-steel multipiece case and a chrome steel bracelet with a folding clasp. Tremendous-LumiNova-filled palms traverse the cloisonné dial, which is devoid – neatly, I feel – of numbers or indices.
The stable case again is stainless-steel, screwed, and encompasses a particular engraving indicative of the watch’s theme and its particular person restricted version quantity. It’s water-proof to 300 meters, thanks partly to the screw-in crown.
Oris selected its five-day, in-house-developed computerized Caliber 400 launched in 2020 to energy the watch. Its capabilities embody central palms for hours, minutes, and seconds. This extremely antimagnetic motion has an influence reserve of 120 hours through twin spring barrels, each of which have an prolonged mainspring and every storing about 60 hours of energy.
The watch is priced at $27,500, and this, too, is unprecedented for Oris, whose timepieces have till now topped out at effectively beneath $5,000.
“We’re recognized to provide our prospects a whole lot of look ahead to the cash and that’s actually additionally the case right here,” stated Studer, little doubt alluding to the artistry, in-house motion, and general cachet of the watch and its film-grounded theme.
“Our common [watch] worth has risen with our personal motion launched final 12 months – Caliber 400 – and we are going to prolong that vary,” he conceded.
However he’s additionally fast to allay any fears that Oris will go the way in which of some manufacturers, who in the end worth themselves out of the consolation zone of the followers who grew them.
“We all know that for lots of watch fans $2,000 or $3,000 is some huge cash to spend on a watch,” he stated. “We is not going to neglect these individuals who helped us to get the place we’re right this moment.”
For extra info, please go to www.oris.ch/en/watch/sun-wukong-artist-edition.
Fast Details Oris Aquis Solar Wukong Artist Version
Case: 41.5 mm, stainless-steel
Dial: white gold with cloisonné enamel
Motion: computerized Oris Caliber 400, 120 hours of energy reserve, 28,800/4 Hz frequency
Features: hours, minutes, (hacking) seconds
Limitation: 72 items
Value: $27,500 / €23,500 / CHF 24,000
Comment: 10-year guarantee