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Swiss watchmakers Oris have jumpstarted the New Year with a series of swinging timepieces inspired by American jazz drummer and bandleader Art Blakey.
Art, who was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1919, made a name for himself in the 1940s and 1950s playing alongside iconic jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Oris also paid tribute for their talents by creating limited edition watches.
In the 1950s, Art formed the Jazz Messengers and went on to play with them for more than three decades. He died in 1990 and won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2005.
The watch, which is a time-only automatic and limited to 1,000 pieces, marks one hundred years since his birth. It features a dial decorated with the eight claws from Art’s bass drum, and a case back with a cymbal inlay.