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Quincy Jones: a longtime friend of Audemars Piguet
May 9, 2011 Personalities

Quincy Jones: A longtime friend of Audemars Piguet

Musician and record producer, Quincy Jones is also a fine watch connaisseur. Here’s a portrait of this extraordinary person.


It’s not every day that one can meet an artist with a background as varied and impressive as Qunicy Jones’. The musician’s journey has taken him from inner city Chicago to Seattle, Boston, and New York, and on to various European cities, where he played and composed for the principal jazz heavyweigts of the time, including Ray Charles and Dizzy Gillespie.

Imbued with a passion for music, he worked in the 1960s alongside artists with styles as varied as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett. Subsequently he found himself increasingly interested – as a musician, composer and producer – in blues, funk and pop, a direction that naturally led him to the doorstep of the young Michael Jackson. They began a three-album collaboration (Off the Wall in 1979, Thriller in 1982 and Bad in 1987), which became a world-wide sensation.

Today, the 78-year-old musician has a special relationship with Switzerland. He is a trusted friend of Claude Nobs, the founder of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival, and has been closely associated with Audemars Piguet for many years. In 2010, the Manufacture paid homage to this extraordinary personality by dedicating a limited edition collection in his name: the Millenary Quincy Jones, a model inspired by the black keys of the piano keyboard, the artist’s favorite instrument.

For although Jones is an excellent trumpet player, it was the piano he discovered first, as a child, and taught himself to play. “I never thought I’d have a watch bearing my name,” he explained during a visit to the Manufacture last year.

Jones’ simple manner and philanthropic side have always impressed the brand, which wanted to bear witness to his friendship by donating a portion of sales of the Millenary Quincy Jones to the Quincy Jones Association. “I try to live according to the words I often hear from Nobel laureates, which are: Love, live, and give,” added Jones, thanking Audemars Piguet along the way for its support of his foundation.

Quincy Jones a longtime friend of Audemars Piguet

Quincy Jones a longtime friend of Audemars Piguet

Quincy Jones a longtime friend of Audemars Piguet