August 23, 2022
This is SUPERLATIVE: A Podcast about watches, the people behind them, and the worlds that inspire them. This week, our host and aBlogtoWatch Founder Ariel Adams is joined by Crispin Jones, the Founder of the unconventional and art-oriented timepiece brand, Mr. Jones Watches. To kick off the show, Ariel and Crispin talk about the first time they met and the intentional decision of Mr. Jones Watches to create something unique versus producing products for the masses. As it’s been 15 years since Crispin first started his company, Ariel asks him about his background and the pair briefly discusses some of the unusual and thought-provoking exhibition pieces that Crispin used to make before he had the idea to create Mr. Jones Watches. From there, the conversation then shifts to why Crispin selected timepieces as the platform for his art, along with the greater philosophy behind his brand’s approach to watchmaking.
After discussing the very earliest days of the company, the pair dig into the social science behind commercial success as it pertains to art and design, along with why embracing a slightly unexpected and divisive element is important to Crispin and the products that he creates. Ariel then brings up the value of Mr. Jones Watches, and Crispin explains why his brand specifically chooses not to move upmarket when it comes to the firmly affordable price point that it occupies. The two then get into a conversation about the process of being an artist who also commissions designs from others, along with the difference in politics behind the financial decisions made at small versus large companies, and why Crispin is a perfect example of how an independent approach can be successful. To end the conversation, Ariel asks Crispin about the future and the updates and changes that we can expect from Mr. Jones Watches.
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