I have lost control of my Mr Jones Watches collection a little bit.
A quick summary for those new to my obsession – London based Mr Jones creates the most beautiful watches, and is always coming up with new designs that I just have to own. I’m pretty sure I’m now up to 14 in total, although to be honest, I can’t be certain.
I started off with this post all about my first watch. And then I bought number two and three. Covered off four, five, and six on one busy day last year. Quickly followed up with number seven. Eight, nine, and ten had to be done to celebrate their 10th birthday. And eleven appeared one Christmas.
Which brings us up to number twelve, with thirteen & fourteen from this year’s sample sale.
A couple of months ago, Husband was in a very happy mood so treated me to The Hidden City, a beautifully serene design featuring London’s green parrots. I got number 44 which pleased me immensely – 4 is my lucky number. Such a gorgeous watch.
Onto the sample sale.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit the store on two occasions for their sample sales in the past. It’s a good opportunity to get a rare watch, or a variation on their current stock. Personally, I love the chance to find old watches that I haven’t seen before. For 2018, it was online only – no queuing outside the store, no complaints from those who couldn’t even get to the store. I was going to be in the middle of a hair salon appointment, so I had visions of me scrolling through the website whilst my poor stylist tried to cut my hair. Fortunately at the time the sale went live, I was waiting for the bleach to develop so had stress free shopping – phew!
I feel very bad for MJW as unfortunately there were a few stroppy and mean spirited people posting on social media about the sale. I personally didn’t have a problem with the technical snafu on the website as I just used my common sense plus I also accept that the nature of online sales means that you shouldn’t get too fixated on a specific item because that is when you’re going to be disappointed. It’s unfortunate to miss out on the watch you want, but there is zero point bitching and moaning about it – some people were saying they would never shop there ever again, or that their whole day was ruined. Oh please, how ridiculous.
Anyway, my purchases. The first one I saw sadly got yoinked out of my basket before I was able to purchase it (the black colourways of the Cyclops, and I didn’t whinge about losing it) but I quickly saw two others that I was more than happy with.
The super cute Late Again – there was a choice of two, either one with exclamation marks or one that had “oh no” on the dial. I preferred the exclamation marks. It reminds me of The Accurate (but significantly less intense). It’s just so bright and happy, and I smile every time I look down at my wrist.
I absolutely adore my second purchase – Good Things. It’s so simple, so clean, and it has unusual blue stitching on it which I love. And unless you’re looking at the right time, it’s completely nonsensical.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
This watch is a little more beaten up than the other- you can tell it’s been worn or wrapped around something as the leather strap is curved and a little cracked. The back is also a little scratched up – I’m not so fussed about that as it’s the price you pay for having a sample. They make it very clear that there may be signs of wear or tear.
By the way, I’m assuming the dial is 24 hours, however I’m not 100% sure. As I’ve said before, who wants to use their watch to do something as prosaic as tell the time. That’s just so very boring.