The Promise of Happiness
Track the time like a tiger with this miniature jungle scene.
This unique watch encourages you to have fun with your time.
The playful tiger looks to the moon for the hour and you’ll find the minutes camouflaged within his stripes.
This intricate piece of wearable artwork was hand-painted for us by Fanny Shorter.
We then printed each colour of the design layer by layer, and assembled the watch in our London workshop.
The layered print on the watch, makes the time completely integrated within the jungle scene.
How to read the time
The moon in the night sky will show you the hour, the minutes pass through the tigers stripes.
The watch also has a jump hour feature, so the hour flips in the moon, exactly on the 59 > 00 minute shift, blink and you’ll miss it!
The Promise of Happiness is powered by a 20 jewel automatic mechanical movement.
This means the motion of wearing your watch provides the power to wind it up and keep it running.
Are you buying this watch as a gift? Add your own personalised engraving here.
Fanny Shorter is a designer and printmaker. She grew up in the quintessentially English county town of Winchester, surrounded by historic architecture and idyllic countryside. Her upbringing formed an enduring influence on her designs and how her work is manufactured.
Fanny originally trained as an illustrator at Brighton University. In 2011 she established her eponymous range of textiles, prints and accessories from her studio at Cockpit Arts in London. Fanny explains her thinking behind the design:
“I was mostly inspired by folk and naive art, specifically Pahari Indian miniature paintings.
I saw the British Museum exhibition 'Gardens and Cosmos' way back and the incredible detail of the paintings has always stuck in my mind. I really wanted to explore the idea of painting to a very small scale and this watch design was the perfect opportunity.
I’ve always loved Henri Rousseau. He’s painted many a jungle scene, so I looked to him for a colour palette. Rousseau was also the inspiration for the name of the watch - it’s from a statement he made: ”beauty is the promise of happiness”.
You can see more of Fanny Shorter's work here.
Size: medium / unisex
Strap: 18mm 100% real leather - Hirsch forest (other options available here)
Mechanism: ST1721, 20 jewel automatic mechanical - this means the watch has no battery, instead it's powered by your movement
Waterproof: yes! 5ATM (leather will wear out if exposed to water)
Guarantee: 12 months - any problems after this time, we’re happy to help
Largest strap diameter: 205mm - contact us if you need a larger size
Smallest strap diameter: 150mm - contact us if you need extra holes added to the strap
Width (3 o’clock to 9 o’clock): 37mm
Height (from lug to lug): 46mm
Case: 316L stainless steel - polished silver
We aim to dispatch all orders placed before 2pm (GMT), on the same day working day. Where this isn't possible, we will inform you via email as soon as possible.
When your order is dispatched you will be emailed the tracking details.
Shipping guide for watches:
UK: FREE next working day delivery with DPD
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-2 working days
Europe: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
Australia: FREE DPD shipping 3-6 working days
Rest of the world: £10 Fedex Priority shipping 2-6 working days
Clocks, straps, bags (unless purchased with a watch):
FREE shipping with Royal Mail usually 2-7 working days
You will see a more accurate estimated shipping time when you input your address at the checkout.
Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the DPD, Fedex and Royal Mail terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch.