Oris is thrilled to reveal a very special limited edition watch co-created with Shanghai Animation Film Studio Co.
The Sun Wukong Artist Edition is a one-of-a-kind hand-painted cloisonné enamel dial, showing the Dragon King’s underwater palace, where Sun Wukong (also known as “The Monkey King”) discovers a weapon in the iconic 1961 Chinese animated feature-length film “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven”. This remarkable timepiece will be limited to 72 numbered pieces, representing the number of different shapes that the holy Sun Wukong can appear in.
Each Oris watch is without a doubt a work of art!
Oris is the first company to design a watch with a cloisonné enamel dial. The process is known as a métier d’art, or uncommon craftsmanship, and is often associated with high-end, traditional watch businesses. The decision to have this dial on a version of the hard-wearing Aquis diver’s watch, reflects Oris’ ongoing ambition to produce humorous, distinctive watches that make people smile.
It follows last year’s 2,000-piece Sun Wukong Limited Edition, which featured a red and gold central seconds hand and a blue dial with a repeating design representing the quick spinning motion of the Monkey King’s staff as he defeats his opponents.
Sun Wukong’s narrative is deeply ingrained in both Chinese and worldwide culture. The mythical character, who was born from stone and possesses divine powers, originally appeared towards the end of the 16th century in the classic novel “Journey to the West”. The movie was filmed during the Chinese film industry’s Second Golden Era, and expands on his biography, explaining how he utilises his superhuman skills to obtain a red and gold staff from the Dragon King’s Palace before rebelling against heaven.
The same highly accomplished Swiss craftsman creates all of the cloisonné enamel dials. Each dial takes up to three days to complete and is one-of-a-kind. The procedure begins with the shaping of a silver wire into the outline form on a white-gold plate. This forms cloisons, or compartments, which are subsequently filled with colored glass powder and burned at roughly 800°C in a kiln. This enamel is then polished to give it a brilliant, divine look.
Finally, there was just one option when it came down to the Oris watch’s movement: Oris’s five-day, extremely anti-magnetic Calibre 400 automatic. Simply demonstrating that for a magical story, a magical mechanical movement was needed.
For more information on Oris watches, or any other collections, visit the Onnik Time Center website, or contact us directly at 24 654506. Alternatively you can visit our shop in Larnaca at 50 Zinonos Kitieos Street.