Mr Jones Watches – Vertigo

Whilst I continue to mess around with my photos from my recent trip to Texas, I thought I’d post a little update to my Mr Jones Watches collection.

A quick recap – here’s my post about 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.  Eleven appeared one Christmas.  And finally, twelve, thirteen, and fourteen were covered off here.

Earlier this month and unbeknownst to me, Husband made a visit to the Oxo Tower on his lunch break and bought a new addition for my collection.  We were staying in a hotel room that night after going to a comedy gig, and he hid the box under my pillow so I’d find it when we got back.  Unfortunately, I was so tired (and the bed was so comfy) that I didn’t notice and slept on it all night!  Fortunately, no damage was done by the time I found it the next morning.  

Prior to his purchase, I had been debating about buying the Vertigo – specifically, which colour combination I preferred.  I had been through each of the 100 images multiple times, and finally had my top 5.  It was really hard to choose though – I loved all of the pink and purple tones, but also the yellows and turquoises.  The artist Paul Wardski has created such a beautiful design, and it’s unlike any of the other watches I have.

Lucikily, Husband knew the one I wanted and it was still in stock when he visited.  I’ve worn it non-stop, and every so often I get mesmerised by the detail.  It’s a very distracting watch.

I do love a numbered watch

Mr Jones Sample Sale 2018 and collection update!

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.

Hilton London Bankside

My second hotel visit of the month – the non-refundable stay.

A few months ago, my Mum and I discovered the Hilton London Bankside – it was perfectly located for our impromptu shopping trip, exceptionally well appointed, and not stupidly expensive.  So when Husband and I decided to stay overnight after the Flight of the Conchords gig at the O2, I figured the Hilton would be perfect as it’s just a couple of stops down the Jubilee Line.  Sure, it was non-refundable but of course there wouldn’t be any problems

And then the Flight of the Conchords gig got cancelled.  Sigh.

Rather than waste the room, we went up to London anyway and had a touristy afternoon.  A grey, very rainy, touristy afternoon – classic London.

We managed to check in early which was a relief as we got soaked in the short 15 minute walk from Waterloo.  Once again, the service we received was fantastic – I’ve never come across anything like it in the UK before.  Hilton allows you to select a room online the day before, but I wasn’t quick enough to get a good one so we did end up with a view of a wall.  I still loved the room though – the decor is so minimalist and understated, the bathroom has beautiful tiles and concrete floor, and the Peter Thomas Roth toiletries are great.

Husband had never been to the Switch House at the Tate Modern (which is apparently now called the Blavatnik Building) so we spent most of the afternoon in there.  Although a tip for tourists – never visit on a bank holiday because it was hellish.  It was especially bad in the Turbine Hall with the Superflex exhibition which is basically just free childcare.  We did manage to get to the viewing platform without losing our minds, and because of the weather, it was very peaceful up there.  We also saw part of the Joan Jonas exhibition which was most enjoyable.

After the Tate Modern, we wandered down the South Bank, visited Mr Jones Watches (I suspect another watch post is needed), and a few more of the shops alongside the river.  It was still very wet, but this meant there were less people around.  After the scrum at the Tate, a bit of peace and quiet was needed.

After a quick drying-off back at the hotel, we went for a very sophisticated dinner at Sea Containers House in the Mondrian hotel.  We decided to go in through the hotel entrance rather than the entrance on the Thames – it is a very beautiful hotel and I have this noted for any future stays.  Dinner itself was really lovely, although we ate three courses so by the time I got to my caramelised banana dessert, I was so full.  We were lucky enough to sit by the window, so we people watched as we ate.  It was a great meal.

After a little bit of a restless night – the bed wasn’t particularly comfortable this time round – we met up with Tim for brunch at the Refinery where we all had excellent eggs, before we headed back home and Tim visited a significantly quieter Tate Modern.

As we fiddled about with our bags and coats after checking out, I took the opportunity to take in the Hilton’s lovely Easter display.  They really make such an effort here, and we’ll definitely be back.  It’s such a great hotel.

It was fun to be a London tourist for the day, and did mitigate somewhat against the disappointment of not seeing Flight of the Conchords.  Fingers crossed the re-scheduled gigs go ahead as planned.

December Things

December 2017 will be remembered as the month I sat around feeling sorry for myself.  The last post I made was about how I thought I had bronchitis – apparently, it’s “just” a cough, albeit a cough which made me actually vomit during a meeting at work (oh god, the shame).  Just when I thought it was getting better, I then picked up another cold which has made my cough worse again, so spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s on the sofa.

It’s so ridiculous and pathetic – I’m normally such a well person, so I can’t really understand why I’m so run down.  At least I have another week off work for more lying around feeling sorry for myself.

There were some highlights in December though.

Crafty Fox at the Mercato Metropolitano
The perfect timing for some Christmas gifts, I met up with an old friend to visit the Crafty Fox market which was held at the Mercato Metropolitano which is just gorgeous.  I wish I had another reason to visit Elephant and Castle – they currently have a Backyard Cinema there but I think they’re mostly booked up.

As for the market, I managed to get a lot of gifts there, and some fun things for myself.  I do love a Craft Fox event.

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar
I normally blog about this weekly, but I just did not have the energy.  It was packed with all the usual goodies, with some new items like the iconic Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and QMS Medicosmetics.  It does feel like a lot more items have gone to my Mum than in previous years, so maybe this one hasn’t been as good?  Still enjoyable though.

Christmas
I mentioned last year that Christmas has become incredibly difficult for me to cope with but circumstances this year meant I was able to have a very quiet Christmas day with both my in-laws and my Mum (and Husband of course).  We didn’t go insane with gifts or anything like that – the commercialism of the holiday is getting truly ridiculous and makes me feel quite uncomfortable at times.  That said, I did get the latest Mr Jones Watch for my collection which I was incredibly grateful for.  It was a very relaxed and peaceful day with wonderful food and good company.

Dark
We got addicted to Dark, the first German language series on Netflix.  It blew my mind – the level of detail, the intricacies of the many stories being told.  On several occasions, a reveal happened on screen but the implications of it wouldn’t hit me for a while.  This meant I frequently turned to Husband at random moments and screamed excitedly at him.  Cannot wait for series 2.

First trip to London
My Mum had my niece for a couple of days over the Christmas break, so we decided to take her on her first trip to London.  On the itinerary – Liberty, Carnaby Street, and of course Hamleys.  She was a little overwhelmed when we first stepped into the famous toy store, but as soon as she saw Peppa Pig cuddly toys, she figured out that this was her shop.  It was very adorable seeing her excitedly spotting different things, and I managed to convince her to get a Supergirl doll (they didn’t have Wonder Woman).  Walking round the busy streets with her yelling at people to get out of the way is a memory I’ll cherish!

Happy (belated) birthday, Mr Jones Watches

For someone with only two wrists, I sure do have a lot of Mr Jones Watches.

I wrote about number one here.

And numbers two and three here.

Covered off four, five, and six on one busy day last year.

Quickly followed up with number seven.

It seems very fitting that 2017 has been the year where I’ve reached number ten as it is also the year of their 10th birthday.  I sadly wasn’t able to make it to their exhibition and birthday party as I was in New York, so I decided to celebrate in my own way – by cracking out the debit card.

Number eight was acquired a few months ago as Husband treated me to a limited edition Dog watch.  I got number 15 (I can’t resist a numbered watch), and I love the super cute strap.  More pink stitching please, Mr Jones!

Number nine was another gift from Husband.  The beautiful Nuage designed by Marion Labbaz is another limited edition which sold really quickly – whilst I was debating whether or not to buy it, Husband visited the shop and picked up number 38 for me.  Nuage has now made it to the permanent collection, but I’m so pleased to have one of the originals.

And ta-da – number ten!  I’ve had my eye on Colour Venn since it was released, and snapped it up in recent 24 hour sale without a second thought.  It’s my current favourite, although the yellow ‘second’ hand is very distracting in meetings.

So happy birthday Mr Jones Watches.  Can’t wait to see what you create next.

Mr Jones Watches Sample Sale 2016 part 2

MJW16_7No, you’re not imagining things.  This is my second Mr Jones Watches post in a row.  I’m not going mental and repeating posts either.  However what this post does demonstrate is my complete lack of self-control.

I was very happy with my mini-haul at the sample sale last Saturday, but there was one watch that got away.  MJW had made a limited run of three King watches with Chinoiserie gold gilding that sold out pretty much as soon as the shop opened.  As I was getting there in the afternoon, I was certain that they’d go quickly so wasn’t too sad to miss out, and I did manage to get a regular King.  It was all good.

And then the sneaky devils announced another 5 watches were to be made available online.  I deliberated for ages on their Instagram – that sounds like a lie because as many people know, I tend to just buy first, consider bank balance later.  However, I already bought the regular King, spent a lot of money in the shop, and do I really need a gold version of it?

MJW16_6Yes, yes I do need a gold version.  It’s glorious.  I regret nothing.

Mr Jones Watches Sample Sale 2016

MJW16_4I have had quite the Saturday.  I’ll write more about the morning in another post, but the afternoon featured possibly my briefest visit to London ever.

Earlier in the week, Mr Jones Watches announced their yearly sample sale.  I attended my first one last year where my collection grew from 1 watch to 3, and now I’ve increased it again.  To 6.  I’m out of control.

I had planned on buying two watches – I say “planned”, but there’s always a risk of getting your hopes dashed if you go to a sample sale with expectations.  I consider myself extremely lucky that I actually got the two watches I wanted.

MJW16_5I eyed the Cyclops straight away and mentally punched the air.  Wishlist watch number 1 – check!  It was one of the very first MJW watches I’d ever seen and is so iconic and pretty.  If you’re interested, the time on it is about 2:30.  I never need to know exactly what time it is.

MJW16_3Wishlist watch number 2 – check!  The King has been on my mind since it was released almost a year ago.  There is a slight mark on the strap of this which doesn’t really bother me, but I could always buy a new strap I suppose.  Again, precision in telling the time isn’t important, but this time is 3:25 ish (I think, I haven’t quite figured this one out yet).

MJW16_2And finally, the surprise of the day – The New Decider.  I haven’t ever seen this one before, but from what I’ve gathered from my in depth online research, it was released about 8 years ago.  The little white circle clicks from YES to NO – “when you need to make a decision you simply look at your watch for your answer”.  I just really love the simplicity and could not leave it behind.  I also loved this:

MJW16_1Number 1!  I hope this is the really number 1 and not an odd sample sale quirk (don’t tell me if it’s not!!)

It was more money than I intended to spend, but I would have regretted leaving any of them behind.  I am so happy with my little collection.

I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet.

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I have spent way too much money over the past couple of weeks.  It’s quite obscene.  I’ve bought two outfits for a wedding (2x dresses, shoes, and bags), too much Tatty Devine, make-up, skincare products.  I’m going to put myself on a spending ban for the rest of the month.

I did manage to sneak in two more purchases today before the ban commences.  Earlier in the week, Mr Jones Watches announced on their Facebook that they’d be having a sample sale.  I adore these watches – Husband bought me a Sun and Moon watch last year on my birthday and I have given serious consideration to becoming a collector.  I umm-ed and ahh-ed about whether or not it would be worth my while going to the sale – I could only go on Sunday so would there be anything left?

It totally was worth my while.

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I am well on my way to becoming a bonafide collector!  I got there just after they opened and there was maybe 15 watches left in the sale.  I spotted the Ossify watch as soon as I walked in (the silver one on the right).  I adore my Sun and Moon, but I thought it would be nice to have a much smaller watch as well.

And then I saw the Last Laugh, Tattoo edition and I was torn.  I’ve loved the Day of the Dead style skull (designed by tattoo artist Adrian Willard) ever since the first time I saw it but I was never convinced I could pull it off.  Husband looked at me blankly as I told him this in the store before replying “why not?  Just buy it”.  OK then!

As I waited for the guy in front of me to stop talking to the lovely sales assistant about death (no, really.  He was complaining that mentions of death on a watch was too dark for him.  OK GUY, MOVE ALONG!), I reasoned with myself that these sample sales only happen once a year, and that if I only left with one watch, I’d regret it.  I’m so glad I got both.

Ossify isn’t in stock on their website anymore, but according to the page, only 100 were made.  The back of my watch says “xxx in an edition of 100” – I’ll have to ask them what that means.  There was only one of the Last Laugh in stock, and the back is a bit scuffed up but I’m ok with that.  And yet again, the boxes are stunningly designed.  Not knowing how much Ossify was, I can’t be certain on the discount but I think I got them both for half price.

So that’s me poor until September.  Poor, but with amazing watches on my wrist.

I like time. There’s so little and so much of it.

MJW1There now follows an epic love story to my new watch.

I haven’t worn a watch for years.  I flirted with Husband’s Pebble earlier this year but it was too big and chunky and it made me feel like a man.  I had my eye on a Zadig and Voltaire watch but I still wasn’t 100% sure.

But then I found Mr Jones Watches and oh my goodness, I was in love.  The store is in the Oxo Tower and WHAT A COINCIDENCE I was going to be go there on my birthday.  And he has some stunning pieces – quirky, pretty, and yet still practical.  Perfect!

The sales assistant in the shop was super lovely, and offered to help me find what I want but I already knew.  I’d done my research beforehand and after many many hours, I’d made my decision.  I chose the Sun and Moon watch, based on a watch from the late 1600s

I was given verbal instructions on how to read the watch before I left the store – no, really – but I also read the instructions throughly when I got home.

The crescent shaped sky on the dial represents 12 hours with the time running from left to right. At 6am the sun ‘rises’ on the left of the dial. The sun slowly climbs in the sky until it reaches the apex of the crescent midday. The sun gradually descends until it reaches the right hand marker at 6pm.

After 6pm the Sun ‘sets’ and disappears from view, meanwhile the Moon ‘rises’ on the left. The position of the Moon in the sky therefore shows the hours from 6pm until 6am.

This is the nicest watch I have ever owned – so unique and well made.  I’m finding it quite easy to read but I still haven’t seen what it looks like between midnight and 7am!  The only problem now is I want to start a collection…

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