Today, I take a look at one of the newest limited-edition watches based in London Mr. Jones Watches. It’s a good-looking timepiece called “The Golden Hour” and it uses Mr. Jones Watches’ large “XL” case that’s 45mm wide, offering a wide artistic palette. Designed by artist Andy Wilks, Golden Hour is meant to celebrate the proud tradition of English gardens. Mr. Wilx does this through an interesting assembly of features and aesthetics that invoke traditional illustration techniques, as well as a studied geometry that suggests the layout that most English gardens try to follow.
All of this, of course, is a subtle detail with a basic scene on the dial, a large centrally placed bee and two discs indicating the time behind the upper outer layer of flowers. The hours are indicated by a red (not gold) arrow, and the minutes are marked by a movable crown occupying the same plane as the flowers. The result is a visually rich and interesting artistic experience that also speaks of time.
Mr. Jones Watches began as a creative outlet for founder Crispin Jones, but years ago, he realized the value of showcasing the work of other artists within his brand. While the luxury world is abuzz with news of “collaborations”, Mr. Jones Watches has been doing that (successfully) for years. In my opinion, Mr. The way Jones Watches does this is an excellent model, and Jones and I discussed it in our recent Superlative podcast episode.
Why the bee? According to Andy Wilks, Jones loves bees and motifs in general. The use of established themes is a really central part of English design and architecture, which flows into classic English gardens. Unlike most structures and spaces in a city or town, gardens are primarily for pleasure and relaxation. Thus, the English garden became a hotbed of emotional art and design principles. With many artistic ways to incorporate the concept of a manicured garden into a wristwatch, Mr. Jones watches the golden hour in an interesting and visually appealing way.
A third disc in the center of the dial indicates the running seconds of the wheel – a scale with its own red indicator to read the seconds. Legibility isn’t too bad given the overall visual design of the dial, although, at times, it can be difficult to read the exact time when the indicators are currently under the semi-transparent bee wings. The “statement value” of a golden hour watch is high, so people choose to wear a watch like this as an artistic expression.
Mr. Jones Watches used a PVD black-coated version of its 45mm wide steel case for The Golden Hours timepieces. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and is topped with a flat AR-coated sapphire crystal. The case is also 13mm-thick and has a lug-to-lug distance of 53mm. It wears big, but that’s part of the point, so that the dial is maximized to showcase the artwork-themed watch face.
The Golden Hours watch inside Mr. Jones watches is a Swiss made STP 1-11 automatic movement. You will find similar movements in most Zodiac watches (STP belongs to the Fossil group but produces the movements in Switzerland). You can view the 4Hz, 42-hour power reserve mechanical movement through the watch case back window. Mr. Jones Watches pairs The Golden Hours watch with a simple black leather strap. It works well and makes sense at this price, but I think there’s a lot of scope for a special strap that continues the English garden theme, or the carefully crafted aesthetic of Andy Wilks’ The Golden Hours watch.
Several limited-edition Mr. Like Jones watches, the Golden Hour is visually beautiful and original. It also happens to tell the time, which is a big plus for us timepiece fans. Mr. Jones Watches will only produce 100 pieces of this watch and Mr. Jones watches cost the golden hour $495 USD. Here Mr. Learn more at the Jones Watches website.