For those visuals out there, Mr Jones Watches has a timepiece that not-so-subtly reminds you to make those most of your day. Every hour when the minute and second hands line up on the brand's Ambassador watch, the face's background image lines up to form a multi-colored skull. The idea in whole is a little eerie, but on the bright side it only takes a quick glance to get a general idea of what time it is.
Click the jump for a look at the painting that inspired the skull design and a video showing the watch in action: The design is inspired by a Hans Holbein painting that dates back to 1533. The work of art, titled "The Ambassadors," portrays a French ambassador and bishop with a distorted skull superimposed over the foreground. At first, it looks like the skull isn't part of the actual painting. It's a little unsettling. Equally surprising is the fleeting skull image on the watch. For a few minutes on the hour, the splotches of color come together as a grinning cranium.
Like many of the watches from Mr Jones, this one follows the company's mantra: "This watch is a link to the tradition of the memento mori—an object designed to remind us that life is brief and we should seize it while we are here."
Check out the video below to see the watch in action:
The Ambassador is a limited edition design with only 100 made. Each watch comes numbered on the caseback in a MJW presentation box, designed by artist Camilla Meijer.
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.