A-OK! is a collaboration between Anthony Burrill and Mr Jones Watches. Featuring Burrill’s pictograms and industrial icons, the design is divided into separate planes: some symbols sit below the hands on the dial, while others float above printed on the glass.
Each watch comes with a screenprint that Burrill designed to complement the watch. The pair are released in an edition of 100 pieces, with each print signed and numbered by Burrill.
Anthony Burrill explains the project, “I was really interested to work on something that I hadn’t worked on before - i’ve never designed a watch! For the design I used pictograms, stencil fonts and arrows, elements which I’ve used before, combined with nice bright colours. My work is essentially collage based - i’m a big collector of found objects and graphics, so the design is an assemblage of different, interesting things. With the watch, the challenge was to work with all the tiny detail and very fine print, yet still have a kind of pop feel with the bright colours and the layering; I’m really pleased with how A-OK! came out - when you see it on someone’s wrist it’s a real talking point!“
Crispin Jones, Director of Mr Jones Watches explains the genesis of the collaboration,
“I was thrilled that Anthony agreed to work with us - I’ve long admired his work and I thought it would be really interesting to see how he approached designing a watch as it’s such a different scale from his regular practice. Anthony produced a lot of different designs, I think over 30 in all! This made the process of creating the watch a lot simpler - we were able to define a clear path together and refine the design to the final version. The final watch looks really distinctive - I’m especially happy with how the design seems to flow both above and below the hands, it’s a really unusual and intriguing effect.”
The watch was hand made by Mr Jones Watches in our London workshop. Each colour in the design was laid down in turn using our pad printer. Once the dial and glasses were printed we assembled and regulated each watch by hand. A Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement powers the watch and is visible through the glass display back.
A-OK! is produced in an edition of 100 pieces with only 25 units available on Watches.com
Movement: STP1-11 Swiss made automatic mechanical
Case: 37mm stainless steel
Thickness (including glass): 11.5mm
Strap: Stainless steel milanese mesh
Guarantee: 12 months