Nearly every time we see a new style from Mr. Jones Watches, we find ourselves saying, "wow, he did it again!". And by 'again', we mean he deconstructed an entirely cool new way to show time in an emotional as well as technical fashion -- most often through thoughtful collaborations with some very interesting people. Each watch Mr. Jones produces has tremendous soul and equal substance combined with a passion for timekeeping highlighting the bigger meanings in life. As a major bonus, the Colour Venn showcases (for the first time from Mr. Jones) its mechanical nature with a porthole in the caseback for a view of the balance wheel, the heart of this time machine.
Colour Venn dispenses with the convention of the hour minute and seconds hand, instead three color discs rotate to indicate the time. Where the discs overlap, new colors are formed in the intersection creating a constantly shifting palette of color.
Mr. Jones Watches developed Colour Venn with Mark Champkins, Inventor in Residence at the Science Museum in London who explains the design,
"Cyan, Magenta and Yellow are the key to recreating ANY colour on the printed page. Every shade and hue of colour in newspapers, magazines and printed material will be only ever be made up of a combination of CMYK - cyan, magenta, yellow and “key” (which is black) ink. This is known as the “Subtractive Colour Model” as the four colors of ink “subtract” from the brightness of the white surface beneath.
Colour Venn uses Venn diagram style circles of color cyan, magenta and yellow films with different diameters correspond to the second, minute and hours. As each moves round, a continuously intersecting pattern of color emerges, unique at every moment of the day".
Hopefully you don't mind if we floss all philosophical. You (the mouse) may feel like you're stuck in proverbial hamster wheel of life while time (owl) always has its eye on you - never letting you out of its sight. Each glimpse of the playful, imaginative and fun graphics of the Timewise can deliver a short respite to monetany and possibly bring a smile to your face.
Timewise was created for Mr. Jones by British design legend Clifford Richards. The watch features an owl’s head which slowly rotates and points to the hours. The minutes are marked by the passage of a tiny mouse around the edge of the dial. The owl and the mouse perform their watchful dance - neither one ever quite able to escape the other!
Clifford explains the impetus behind Timewise, “I’ve always loved to apply graphics to objects and designing this watch was a perfect opportunity - and owls seem to pop up regularly in my designs.”
Mr. Jones commissioned Clifford because of the bold and distinctive characters that have been such a feature of his work all the way back to the 1960s. As the Victoria and Albert Museum note, “Richards designed some of the most memorable packaging and printed ephemera of the 1960s. Vibrant, witty and fun, they are an exuberant expression of the Pop Art decade.”
About the artist Clifford Richards studied book illustration at the South East Essex School of Art in the early 1960s and found his way into advertising. That was when he began to develop his paper products – a collection of flat-packed, self-assembled cardboard gift boxes which was soon followed with a range of slot-together animals (‘Slottizoo’) and politicians (Slottiwhozoo). These products were quite unlike anything around at the time and perfectly captured the mood of ‘Swinging London’ in the sixties with its Pop-Art influences.
Encouraged by the commercial success of his products he left advertising to set up his own graphic design business, which also enabled him to develop products for companies like Paperchase and Bloomingdales, as well as his own design projects. Throughout his long and varied career he has continued to develop ideas along with design consultancy and today concentrates on product development along with his own graphic projects.
The time on this watch is displayed on the skull's teeth - the two front teeth show the hours while the lower jaw shows the minutes. The watch is a link to the tradition of the memento mori - an object designed to remind us that life is brief and we should seize the moment while we're here.
This version of The Last Laugh features specially commissioned artwork by British Tattoo Artist Adrian Willard, “the design comes from the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. The festival focuses on gathering to remember friends and family who have died. Many gifts and offerings are handed out including sugar skulls that are given to both the living and the dead. It has become a very popular image in the tattoo world over the years and has replaced the regular skull in the mainstream tattoo trends”.
The watch is powered by a 20 jewel automatic mechanical movement. The mechanical movement means that you'll never need to replace the battery on this watch - the motion of wearing the watch provides all the power needed to wind it up and keep it running. The watch movement has a 'jump-hour' feature that means the hour changes over exactly on the 59 -> 00 minute transition.
This watch is based on the classic playing card characters of the King and Queen of Hearts. The watches feature hands of cards to depict the minutes while the hours jump into position in the Royal Breast. The use of the playing cards symbolizes the transitory nature of fortune - lucky streaks, while always welcome, are only as short lived as those runs of bad luck. The watch is a gentle reminder to keep your cards close to your chest, but to be bold and go all-in when fate has dealt you a winning hand! The minutes are depicted as hand of cards, for the sake of clarity only 10 minute intervals are marked: There is a grey card-footprint on the dial to allow you to judge the minutes between the markers. You can see how far the leading or trailing edge of the cards is from the footprint shape to read the minutes.