Oris to create watch inspired by Chet Baker

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Timpiece dedicated to legendary jazz singer will launch in autumn.

Oris will release a watch inspired by legendary American jazz musician Chet Baker this autumn.

Every year Oris creates what it calls a culture collection and this year the range will focus on Baker who established a huge following before his death in 1988.

The launch of the collection will be nicely timed as a film called The Chet Baker Picture about Baker’s life is currently in production and is scheduled for release later this year.

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Baker has been the subject of a number of films including The Deaths of Chet Baker in 2009 which recounted the mysterious tale of Baker’s death – the musician was found dead under his hotel room window in Amsterdam. He was also the subject of a 1988 documentary called Let’s Get Lost which interviewed his friends and associates about his life and in particular his struggle with drug addiction.

But Baker’s life was not all been doom and gloom. He was idolised for his matinee-style good looks and revered for his musical talents and what some called emotionally remote performances. In 1987 Baker was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame and in the musician’s home state of Oklahoma, July 2 is Chet Baker Day.

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