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08. 23. 2006

Mr. Jones Watches: keeping their own time

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Having trouble getting to places on time? Then don't get one of Mr. Jones Watches. While these timepieces may look great, wearing one of these won't keep the hours or minutes straight - and they're not supposed to. Designed by Crispin Jones (in collaboration with Anton Schubert, Ross Cooper, and Graham Pullin) the watches in Mr. Jones Watches are meant as an investigation into the cultural messages that the watch, as an accessory with personal and social meaning, expresses. For example, Summisus, or "the humility watch," intersperses its time display with the reminder that one day, the wearer will die. Inveteratus, "the television watch," displays television listings as its way of keeping track of time's passage.

As a proponent of "critical design," Mr. Jones isn't interested in marketing his creations, but in drawing attention to the objects in order to "provoke reflection about the watch and its cultural functions." However, all the watches (seven in all) were produced as working timepieces. Mr. Jones Watches were most recently exhibited at ISEA 2006 as part of Edgy Products.

Posted by Katherine    Category: current affairs | design | wearables
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