Still after my many years of painting watches I am not well versed in the colloquialisms. What I do know is when a watch strikes suddenly and with force. And when a watch has a 100 years to build momentum the force is strong.


The people of Oris are simply amazing. They are kind, passionate and ready to make things happen. When I arrived we immediately began discussing how a live painting would work in the booth. An empty space in the lobby was eyed and suddenly filled. 

First with a boxy leather chair, then with a table which I covered up with my myriad supplies. The first watch I saw was the Chronoris and I knew it was the one I had to paint. And then I saw the Big Crown and the discussion was over. 

Oris Big Crown 1917 on display with dramatic light

Kindly, I was allowed to wear the Chronoris while I painted Big Crown 1917. In the short moments of choosing which watch to paint, my little set up had become a full blown stage. There was studio lighting in front and behind and cameras were capturing every moment.

View the Oris Big Crown 1917 live painting time lapse video below.

As an ode to the archives, Oris pulled out this pilot watch design to bring back in 2017. 100 years after its initial release, the Big Crown remains true to the Oris heritage of handsome, effective pilot watches and Swiss watchmaking.

Sunflowerman sitting down to paint at Baselworld
sitting in the spotlight while painting live at Baselworld
Painting at the Oris booth at Baselworld

Big Crown 1917

-Stainless Steel
-Limited to 1917 Pieces

Oris Big Crown 1917 Baselworld painting

In 45 minutes we were able to capture the heart and the emotion of the Oris Big Crown 1917.