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Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

London-based Mr. Jones Watches is the type of brand that I am happy exists. Artistic, creative, affordable, and often downright weird, this company’s watches have been reminding people that in our modern age timepieces are artistic expressions as much as they are functional objects. While Mr. Jones Watches come in a range of styles and themes, most share the same case as well as overall functional concept. What changes is really how the artistic element is expressed, and today I’m looking at a trio of pieces which are the Mr. Jones Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun and Moon, and Timewise.

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

The first Mr. Jones Watch that I recall is an iconic model they make called “The Accurate.” The hands of the watch spell out a statement which reads “Remember You Will Die.” This timepiece alone illustrates the personality of the brand, as well as the obvious polarizing effect its products will likely have. Mr. Jones Watches aren’t about being tool watches or high luxury, but rather quirky statement pieces which inject a slightly more intellectual element to the typical pop art or less cerebral themes we see in “design watches” at these under $250 pricepoints.

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Accurate was all about telling people to “carpe diem” in as straightforward a way as possible. The notion being that a watch not only measures time, but should be a reminder that time is running out, so you should not waste it. It is a morbid concept, for sure, but according to the interesting Mr. Crispin Jones – founder of MJW (Mr. Jones Watches) – being honest about life’s journey is probably the best tactic to “successfully” getting to the end of it.

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

MJW follows up The Accurate with the more pictorial – yet similarly conceived – Mr. Jones Last Laugh watch collection which has blossomed into a few different versions. In this review, you can see the Last Laugh Tattoo, which takes the skull on the dial concept and paints in a colorful Mexican Day of the Dead theme. Two discs which spin to indicate the time are displayed as the teeth of the skull. Again, it isn’t meant to be the epitome of legibility, but rather as an artistic expression that nevertheless tells the time. For some people the reminder of death is a threat, and apparently, to others it is an empowering concept that reminds them we each face the same fate, so life is all about what you do while you have the power to do something at all.

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

From simple to high-luxury watches, skulls as a design theme have been something of a veritable invasion. In many forms of traditional art we see the concept of skulls as a reminder of the temporary nature of human existence, as well as a token of power in those who have defeated their enemies. As I said, this is a polarizing concept which is appealing for some people and downright gruesome for others.

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Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

Each of these three watches uses the same relatively small (by modern men’s watch standards) 37mm-wide case. It wears a bit larger than it sounds given the broad lugs and 46mm lug-to-lug length, but these aren’t big watches. If anything, I personally would like to see more Mr. Jones Watches make something that is 40mm wide. These also make for good womens’ watch sizes, and MJW even has certain versions of their timepieces in “mini” size that has a case even more suitable for smaller wrists.

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

The case is steel with 50m of water resistance and a mineral crystal. The Mr. Jones Last Laugh Tattoo’s case is PVD-coated black, while others are natural, finished steel. Quality is totally acceptable for the prices. The MJW Last Laugh Tattoo’s dial artwork was specially commissioned by UK-based tattoo artist Adrian Willard. While most MJW watches are quartz, this model has a Chinese-made caliber ST1721 automatic mechanical movement that drives the disc “teeth” which indicate the hours and minutes.

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

Mr. Jones Watches Last Laugh Tattoo, Sun & Moon, Timewise Timepieces Review Wrist Time Reviews

With a lighter tone, let us shift our attention to the the Mr. Jones Sun and Moon watch which is an artistic expression on seeing the passing of the day flow by. Very few MJW watches simply indicate the time in a traditional way. In this watch, an artistic disc with a representation of the day and night (along with various plants and animals) is visible through a crescent window at the top of the dial. Below it is a traditional dial meant to indicate the minutes. Depending on whether it is the AM or PM segment of the day, the sun or moon represents the indicator for the hour.

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  • Word Merchant

    It’s actually illegal to wear one of these outside Horton and Shoreditch in London, unless you have a statement beard and are riding your fixie to a new hot coffee spot.

    • Joe

      Clever, but at $22K i think it is a bit too much for my liking

    • Crispin Jones

      ha, ha we’re far too uncool to be a a hipster’s brand!

      I think you might be thinking of Uniform Wares 🙂

    • IanE

      Since you ask – I hate the Hodinkee Ressence; not that I’m much of a fan of their other versions.

      • Word Merchant

        I hate the Hodinkee Ressence – yes, I think I have to agree with you there – it does look wrong and spoils the whole Ressence look; and worse – they’ve reached Daytona levels of smugness with it. However I do like the oil-filled solid dial non-Hodinkee versions. Not $22k of like though.

    • Marius

      What do we think? It`s another superb watch created in collaboration with the world`s premier watch blog. Benjamin Clymer is unstoppable. Zenith, Vacheron, Nomos, and now Ressence — one great watch after another. And all these watches sold out in LESS THAN 1 DAY! If one person could save the entire Swiss watch industry, that person had to be Ben Clymer. To me, Ben Clymer is just like the locomotive that Denzel Washington and Chris Pine are trying to stop in the movie Unstoppable.

    • IG

      You’d prefer a Rolex ABTW Datejust?

  • IG

    I like the Sun and Moon, it’s an evergreen theme for centuries. This one is from 1695.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/90a3bc2139d530a739366c04638a72783ed304e7af347b14ec8d171e83438de3.jpg

    • Crispin Jones

      Lovely example, there was a really interesting moment in horology in the late 1600s where they experimented much more with the representation of time (Sun & Moon / differential hours / wandering hours etc)

  • Julian Chan

    Delightfully quirky, I love em!

    • IanE

      Me too – and I’d love to see some of his watches (including the Timewise and Sun & Moon) made at a higher quality (and, OK, higher price of course!) level.

      • Crispin Jones

        Thanks Ian, we honestly try to keep the watches as affordable as possible, I have some plans to explore slightly higher price point models where we can do some slightly different things in the future…

  • MEddie90

    It’s nice to see something original and quirky offered at this price point. I loved the Konstantin Chaykin Joker at Basel it seems like a lot of money for a novelty i’ll wear very occasionally, if I had an unlimited budget maybe but having only a small collection it’s hard to justify. Spending under £200 on a clever skull themed watch seems much more appealing by comparison.

    The sugar skull watch is cleverly done, I remember everyone going mad for the Fiona Kruger where you were paying $30k for a typical, two hand display (with an admittedly beautiful dial) but this offers originality at under 100th the price.

    Overall a fun and affordable collection, sure they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and not really everyday watches but for those moments in life where you want a little flamboyancy these come in at a fair price. I may have to pick up the skull one.

    • Crispin Jones

      many thanks for thoughtful comments, we don’t aspire to make watches that appeals to everyone, I’d far rather we made something that really fits the bill for a few people.

      if you were to order a skull watch there’s free shipping for first time customers, use the code Welcome17 at the checkout…

  • Thank you Ariel, had no idea about Mr. Jones. I find them really cool. Shame I don’t have them in Spain, would love to review them on my website.

    • Crispin Jones

      Hi Santiago, feel free to drop us an email if you’d like a watch for press review and we ship worldwide, including to Spain!

  • SuperStrapper

    One of the most visually interesting brands in this price segment for sure. I find displaying the time digitally on the teeth of that sugar skull to be pretty unique, that one should do well I think. I am about 30% tattooed and understand the emotional attachment people have to types of tattoo related design.

  • Marius

    These look like fun watches, but the case design seems to be heavily inspired by DeBethune cases. Also, the “Sun & Moon” seems to be a direct copy of the DeBethune Digitale. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4185ab9445bfb463e570b684a9760334b9675a7fef058231dd8734685813f870.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f9ce73b0d8a3584b071d96083c430294eb8c9074c9758f8b72dad2027cfcda9b.jpg

    • IanE

      I suspect that Mr Jones won’t mind those comparisons too much!

      • Crispin Jones

        no indeed, I did look at the DeBenthune case design and don’t mind the comparison at all!

        • Dawn Whittall

          Are they still in stock … does the ladies version have a leather strap as well. I love the idea of animals and trees

          • Crispin Jones

            Hi Dawn, yes they’re still in stock on our site and we can switch the band on the ladies one for a leather if you prefer for no extra charge (by default it comes with the steel mesh band), just get in touch via the website

    • Ulysses31

      I thought it looked familiar. Still, not a bad watch to be inspired by.

  • Omegaboy

    I’d rather spend my money on . . . anything.

  • Jonathan Smith

    Think they’re pretty nice and interesting, but I have to say these watches are a dime a dozen in Asia, and probably for less than half the price

  • Andrew Buckley

    And the last laugh is on…???

    • Crispin Jones

      death always has the last laugh…

      • Andrew Buckley

        Buy one of these and you’d need shooting…so, yes.

  • Shinytoys

    I’ve seen them before and I love them. Absolutely fun !!

  • Larry Holmack

    These just look like the Ed Hardy watches from 7 or 8 years ago that were being sold on Home Shopping channels…only they were 46-50 mm’s in size. So now these guys go all in on the same style…kind of…and go small instead of large. Maybe if i was 25 years old these would be cool…but still…they would look like a ladies watch on me so I would pass on them anyway!

  • Yojimbo

    I know they claim the mechanical movements are Seagull, but other sites have been saying since the first Last Laugh came out that they are further Chinese knock offs of an already Chinese knock off and not real Seagulls. It would be nice if you guys started taking casebacks off.

    • Crispin Jones

      odd comment, care to enlighten me about which sites are making slanderous and incorrect claims about the movements we use?

      I can categorically state that we use only genuine Seagull movements in the jump hour watches (Last Laugh / Last Laugh Tattoo etc).

      • Yojimbo

        It’s 2017, I’m sure you’re familiar with Google perhaps?

        I honestly think one of the places I read it was on worn and wound with the first iteration of this watch series. I know I have seen it written elsewhere regardless of where I first saw it. It’s the internet dude, lies get stated and perpetuated all the time, I never failed to give you benefit of the doubt and I did not say it was true to my knowledge.

        If it’s not true that’s fine, generally, I don’t like things from china except their people, basketball leagues, martial arts, philosophies, visual arts, sculptures, high alcohol content rice wine, food and their women.

        I’m not a Mr Jones hater, design wise. I really like the majority of your watch dials, while thinking like others here, they should be a smidge bigger and modeled more after Swatch in terms of productions runs and prices without the unilaterally limited design runs.

        If these geniuses here at ABTW would to an opening of the case-back it would render the rumors moot as we’d see the damned thing. I know I am not the only one that likes to see the insides of a movement within its environment, whenever possible and has the hubris to believe I would notice subtle manufacturing corners cut if they were truly the knock offs of knock offs.

        Also, point of information my friend, if it’s in writing it is a defamatory allegation (to your mind, I take no position). That form of defamatory allegation is said to be libelous. The tort of slander is solely reserved for those speaking defamatory statements, not writing them.

  • Ulysses31

    Fun watches that are not particularly ugly. They have their place.

    • Crispin Jones

      thanks, we’ll take that compliment!

  • Mark1884

    I kinda like the skull watch…. wish the numbers were a little larger. I know these are fun watches, so not going to over analyze them.
    Cool & funky.

  • commentator bob

    I am a big fan of these watches, at least the automatic ones. Watches should be about design and quality, not “Swiss Made”. I have a couple Sea-Gull watches and the quality is great.

    • Crispin Jones

      Thanks Bob! We strive to create great design and quality for our price point

  • Pete L

    Love the tattoo watch. Really fun and different….

    • Crispin Jones

      thanks Pete, it’s our best seller for the past three years now!

  • George Yang

    Thank you for bringing these watches and this brand to readers’ attention! Will definitely check them out.

  • Max

    I agree that Mr. Jones is a delight to have as a watchmaker and purveyor. I’ve had the Last Laugh for a while now, and it’s just a fun watch to wear. It certainly gets more positive (and amusing) comments than a Rolex and Omega. Obviously, they are in a different league — the point is that it’s great to have designers going off the stodgy reservation and offering these types of pieces.

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