Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Mr Jones Watches - The Last Laugh & The Hour - Skull Teeth Jump Hour & Hidden Message Mystery Dial

The Last Laugh
“Central to the way the design progressed was developing the theme of the on stage ‘death’ and the drive of performers to go to ever greater lengths to elicit laughs from a crowd. The skull references the‘tears of a clown’ concept, the widely held belief that comedians are essentially quite sad in nature and the rather pointless desire that many stand-ups have to have the last laugh.”

Designed with comedian William Andrews, this watch forgoes the customary hour and minute hands, instead the time is displayed on rotating skull’s teeth (upper teeth for hours, lower teeth for minutes!). The overall impression is of a gleefully absurd memento mori - an object intended to remind us that life is brief.

The resulting watch is disarmingly childish and cartoon like which reflects my own interest in the kitsch and the playful design of advertising and childrens toys".

This watch is available in an initial edition of 100 pieces, each watch is numbered on the caseback and comes with an insert card signed by William Andrews and Crispin Jones.

Comedian/Co-designer of the Last Laugh, William Andrews

The Hour

Mr Jones Watches has released The Hour, a watch designed in collaboration with record breaking cyclist Graeme Obree. The watch has a reflective, meditative tone - each hour is marked with a different word that reminds us to make the most of each hour as it passes.

“I wanted to use words that would instill a sense of value that an hour is a unit of time to be or do or think or act in some way that makes us realize its passing. In a subtle way to instill a sense of mortality that is tempered by an idea of how to occupy this hour that will pass but once.”

The Hour was designed with cyclist Graeme Obree, an hour has a special resonance for him as he twice claimed cycling’s prestigious hour record. With the design of this watch Obree reveals a reflective, poetic sensibility: each hour is marked with a different word that holds a special meaning in relation to the passing time. The words appear through a slot which displays one word per hour to contemplate.

The Hour co-designer Graeme Obree