Me and Mr. Jones — New Mr. Jones Watch Styles Hit the Whitney Museum Store
After you check out these styles, you and Mr. Jones Watches may just have a thing goin' on. Crispin Jones, the mastermind behind the London-based timepiece brand, incorporates conceptual explorations of time, musings on the cultural significance of the watch, and even philosophical questions about human existence within every design, developing new and interesting ways through which to read the time on a watch dial, integrating phrases into the hour and minute hands, and incorporating illustrations from boundary-pushing artists and comedians into the pieces' faces.
Now, the Whitney Museum Store is exposing art lovers to this design-driven watch bran, with three designs available for purchase. The Cyclops watch ($198 at ShopWhitney.org), pictured above at center, looks like it integrates a color wheel within the outer periphery of the face, with colored circles forming a ring along this area. These colored spheres don't simply serve a decorative purpose — they each represent a specific hour. And, rather than utilize hour and minute hands to demarcate the time, this model includes a single hour marker in the form of a black loop that passes over each colored sphere, roping it perfectly at the top of the hour then gradually moving over it and past it as the hour rolls on. This watch features a stainless steel case and strap, and measures 37mm in width and 46mm in height.
The Mr. Jones Accurate design ($168 at ShopWhitney.org), pictured above at left, features an hour hand that reads "remember" and a minute hand that reads "you will die" — which could perhaps be interpreted as dark and morbid but, really, is designed to remind the wearer of the brevity of life and the need to relish every single waking breath, every passing moment. Adding to the model's carpe diem overtones, the dial and rim of the glass are mirrored, which makes the wearer see his or her reflection, thereby facilitating the self-examination process.
Do you have a hard time making decisions? Are you the type to flip a coin or turn to a Magic 8Ball for answers? Then you'll appreciate The New Decider ($185 at ShopWhitney.org), pictured above at right, which features a black leather strap with white contrast stitching and a black dial with white minute and hour hands and, at the 3 o'clock position, a white bubble shape which contains either the word "yes" or the word "no" in red letters at its center. As the second hand moves from one spot to the next, the words "yes" or "no" are alternately displayed in this sphere so that, on any given moment, you can look to your watch for the answer to a surprise question.