Cyclops by Mr Jones Watches



Watch designer Crispin Jones of Mr Jones Watches has designed a new model without numbers and hands.


The Cyclops watch has a black hoop that passes around a dial marked with coloured circles and has "a relaxed kind of accuracy that offers a counterpoint to our hectic modern lives," according to Jones.


The limited-edition watches come in a presentation box (above and below) with artwork by Debbie Smyth, who was one of the winners of our Talent Zone competition last year.


See our earlier stories about Mr Jones Series 1 watchesMr Jones Series 2 watches, the New Decider series and Brooches by Mr Jones.


See all our stories about watches and clocks in our special category.


Here's some info from the designer:


Cyclops dispenses with a conventional arrangement of hour, minute and second hands; instead a single hour marker passes around the coloured dial. Each hour is represented by a different coloured circle, the black hoop gradually passes over each circle to indicate the time.

Cyclops can be read with a relaxed kind of accuracy that offers a counterpoint to our hectic modern lives.

Cyclops is part of our third limited edition series. These watches are produced in a run of 100 pieces, each numbered on the back of the case and signed by the designer Crispin Jones on the insert card. We aim to produce a limited edition series each year and to take one or two models from each series into our permanent collection.

Each watch comes in a MJW presentation box with a specially commissioned artwork by Debbie Smyth. Inside the box you'll find the guarantee card - every watch is guaranteed for 12 months from the date of purchase against any original manufacturing defect.

Case: Stainless steel
Strap: Stainless steel
Width (3 o'clock to 9 o'clock): 37mm
Height (from lug to lug): 46mm
Mechanism: Single jewel quartz mechanism
Waterproof: 5ATM
Guarantee: 12 months

Posted on Friday August 7th 2009 at 6:00 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    Not for the late ones

  • “Relaxed accuracy” made me LOL.

    I love the look of this but seriously? What is the point of a watch that doesn’t give you detailed info about the time? Altho’ as a piece of agitprop it’s maybe kind of excellent.

  • Cat

    it’s……sometime between 2 and 3pm!
    i’d never catch a train on time again but i’d look cool waiting on the platform.

  • Watches are neither the reason behind our “hectic lifestyles”, nor the antidote. They simply serve a purpose. As designers, we should question how much we overestimate the role of objects in our lives.

  • man

    There’s going to be a lot of, “it’s somewhere between…….”, with that watch.

  • Morgan Geist

    Hello this is Morgan Geist.

    Just got back from a holiday. Sorry to keep you all waiting.

    Here we go again. Another genius solution to the most intuitive interface known to mankind. This is one of the things that we got right…the analogue clock…

    if its not broken, dont fix it

    Morgan Geist

  • dalke

    your estimates will probably only be a few minutes off. i like the idea, but the colors ruin it a little.

  • Completely beautiful and completely impractical. I thought design was supposed to satisfy both form and function?

  • marc libur

    I love the idea and the execution. I’d order one right now if I wasn’t completely broke.

  • amsam

    The watch is cute, and I bet readable for the average daily application (tho I’d be checking my iPhone if I were catching a train.) Also, what in the hell is a Morgan Geist and why does he write that way?

  • bodkin

    before you criticise this watch you should have a look at Oscar Diaz’s ink calender. a least with this watch you’ll be right to the nearest hour, with his calender you’re likely to be days out!

  • duongbong

    what’s up with the color scheme? if it trying to be a logical color scheme it is quite off. and some of the opposite colors directly on the opposite side are follow the complimentary color scheme…but mostly do not. I see a triangle of basic colors…red…blue…yellow…afterwards it seems to call apart.

    really cool idea…but it makes my eye look all over the place instead of a radial motion…and that takes away from a “watch” to me. time is progression…not ADD land.

  • Bianca

    I think this is absolutely beautiful. Beautiful. I don’t know about you other people commenting, but I think it’s a brilliant idea.

  • marko

    with numerous other portable gadgets, incl cell phones, laptops, etc that give you the exact time making watches somewhat redundant, this watch is excellent for people like me that feel naked without a watch but want to look stylish. i like it.

  • Emma Davies

    I have number 32 of Cyclops watch and it is an absolute delight to own, I can tell the time easily, plus or minus 5 minutes, i get the train alot, and have never missed one with this watch, shame you all missed out as this was one of crispin jones marvels !

  • I think that is ‘out of box’ watch. I like it but i don’t know if i want to wear it or not..