Take a look back at ten years of Mr Jones Watches.
Choose a year from the list below or scroll down to see the full list of watch designs.
Please note, many of these watches are sold out and no longer available to buy.
In 2008 I had ideas for a new case, I thought it would be nice if the lugs (the parts that connect
the strap to the watch case) were articulated, so the watch face could pivot to get a better viewing angle.
The designs in this series were based on animating the face by using the motion of the seconds hand.
Conceptually this was a more rounded series than the previous year.
The Cyclops watch struck a nice balance between the aesthetic and the conceptual.
2009 also marked the year that we opened our shop in the Oxo Tower.
For this years series I felt I needed to mix up the process a bit, I decided I would collaborate
with five people on the next five designs.
We held a launch event, grandly titled “The Masters of Time” in the crypt of the church
on Clerkenwell Green. The location was chosen because of Clerkenwell’s central position
in the London watch trade through the 19th and early 20th century.
In 2011 I began thinking about how we could bring some of our production to London.
We rented and fitted out a workshop in Camberwell and started experimenting.
We spent a lot of time over the next 18 months learning new skills, learning to handle
and manipulate the tiny watch components and also sourcing and making the specialised
tools that we needed. The vast majority of these processes and skills we have had to
invent for ourselves to suit our particular needs.
In 2011 I started attending evening classes at the Epping Forest Horological Centre.
In the classes I learnt how to service mechanical watches, and in parallel with this
practical work I became interested in the history of horology.
I was particularly drawn to examples of watches that pre-date the concentric hour and minute hands.
One of these watches dates to the 17th century and is called a Sun and Moon watch.
I thought this was a beautifully elegant way of showing the time. It gave a context to
the passing hours, which on a most fundamental level, relate to the cycle of the sun and
moon and the sky. We released our first Sun and Moon watch in 2012 and since then
have produced a number of variations on this theme.
By 2013 we were becoming more confident in our UK production. Several of these early designs
were created for us by Fanny Shorter, who designed the artwork for the packaging boxes in 2012.
For me it was a new step to have someone else create the designs, and I really enjoyed the
sense of perspective it gave me.
In 2014 we released The Observatory, which was our first 100 piece London-made edition.
This was a new challenge as previously we’d worked with much smaller editions.
Maintaining consistency across the whole run was a new experience.
Face Timers was a set of five designs created with a diverse range of artists and illustrators.
These watches were released in limited editions of just 20 pieces each.
2015 was a year when we really pushed on: for the first time I felt that we were becoming masters
of the production and the designs reflect the confidence and skill that we were able to deploy.