With clocks displayed on our cell phones, computers, and even on screens in the subway, no one really needs a wristwatch anymore. This doesn’t bother London-based artist/designer Crispin Jones however. His line, Mr Jones Watches, is about the concept of time. More than just another pretty line of jewelry, these pieces remind you that time is fleeting, help you to make split decisions, and give new meaning to the hours that make up our lives.
In the ancient tradition of the memento mori (items intended to remind us of our mortality), Jones collaborated with comedian William Andrews to create The Last Laugh, a smiling skull where the time is displayed on the teeth (the gold teeth give it a bit of a Live and Let Die vibe). The Accurate watch literally reminds you to “remember” (on the hour hand) that “you will die” (on the minute hand). Morbid? For some perhaps. But for those that always catch themselves getting too worked up over the small stuff, this is a fantastic way to remember to keep your priorities straight. You are going to die, so why not wear a fantastic watch while you can?
Other pieces in the collection include Cyclops, in which a black circle floats around giving you a general idea of what time it is (basically, it’s telling the time strictly based on where you find the hour hand.) The Decider is like a little guardian angel guiding you to make the right (or the self-indulgently wrong) decision based on what exact second you look at it (it changes between “no” and “yes” with each tick). Not sure if you want to buy that watch? If you owned it, you’d already know. For a list of stockists, check out the Mr Jones Watches site.
All images © Crispin Jones