Friday, November 16, 2012

Mr. Jones Sun and Moon Watch & Satellite Watch - New Unusual 24 Hour Watches!

New Satellite & Sun and Moon Watch From Mr. Jones at Watchismo

First ever 24 hour watch with no hands or numbers and the equally unusual revolving 24 hour image watch

Mr. Jones Sun and Moon Watch

Rotating arc of the day and night display
Sun and Moon shows the time based on the position of the Sun or Moon in the sky on the watch face.


The crescent shaped sky on the dial represents 12 hours, with the hours running from left to right: When the sun is next to the leftmost marker the time is 6am. The sun slowly climbs in the sky until it reaches the apex of the crescent, at which point the time is midday. The sun then gradually descends until it reaches the right hand marker at 6pm. After 6pm the Sun ‘sets’ and disappears from view, meanwhile the Moon ‘rises’ on the left. The position of the Moon in the sky therefore shows the hours from 6pm until 6am.

How to tell time on the Mr Jones Sun and Moon Watch

Along with the image of the Sun and Moon, the hour disk features a revolving image with scenes of the natural world that gradually passes as the day progresses. The minutes are displayed in the center dial and these run in the conventional way, so each marker on this dial corresponds to five minutes.

Sun and Moon is a revival of an ancient watch design: "Sun and Moon" watches were first produced in Britain in the late 1600s during a period of experimentation with ways to represent the time. This period of experimentation eventually settled down and the concentric hour and minute hands became established as the universal standard.

The Mr Jones Satellite Watch

satellite1Mr. Jones "Satellite" Watch - First ever 24 hour display with no hands or numbers!
The time telling on the Limited Edition Satellite is enigmatic and unique: the outer hour marker orbits the inner minutes. Each hour is marked by a bright color and these colors follow a regular six hour pattern, so you can learn to read the time intuitively and at a glance.


How to tell time on the Mr Jones Satellite Watch

Satellite is the first 24 hour watch from Mr. Jones, which means the hour hand makes one complete revolution of the dial in 24 hours. The watch has an unconventional arrangement of hour and minute hands: the slow moving hour marker sits outside the the minutes. This was inspired by the movement of celestial bodies: the more distant a planet is from the center of gravity the longer it's orbit takes.

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The case is rendered in brushed steel with a PVD black coating, which gives the watch a hardwearing, sleek appearance.

The watch runs on a 24 hour mechanism, so the circle marking the hour makes one complete revolution of the dial every 24 hours. The illustration shows the mapping of the hours around the face. The minutes run at the conventional speed (i.e. the gold minute marker makes one revolution every 60 minutes).

The 24 hour dial actually predates the more conventional 12 hour: sundials show 12 hours in a semi-circle, so the complete circle would make up a full 24 hours (for obvious practical reasons only 12 hours are generally shown).