Sometimes, you see a beautiful product, and you just have to have it.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve learned to be much more selective about my partnerships in the past year. When I was browsing Instagram early this year, I started following an account called Mr. Jones Watches. Their account was a stream of beautiful, interesting watches, and are based in my favorite city (London). They call themselves a “cult watch brand,” and everyone I’ve talked to about their watches seems happy to join the cult – myself included!

After browsing their website one day, I realized they offered a stunning timepiece called the Time Traveller. The simple black and white face with black band is classy, but the ‘hands’ of the watch were what caught my eye. Rather than have independent hour, minute, and second hands, the Time Traveller features a single disc. Rather than try to describe it myself, here’s the description from their website:

The watch uses 16 landmark buildings to mark the time in different regions. You can read the local time by looking at the landmark building in your city or time-zone: for example if you’re in London then you use Big Ben as your hour hand; in Paris you look to the Eiffel Tower or in New York you use the Statue of Liberty. A pigeon, the universal city dweller marks the minutes.

The Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller Tells Time Everywhere

After watching the above video, you get a sense for how the watch works – by following a single landmark around the face, you can know the time in your time zone. Simultaneously, you can also know the time in any time zone, just by looking at the corresponding landmark.

Having travelled from New York to Chicago to London to Paris (and what feels like everywhere in between!), I have never had to change the time on my watch. I simply look at the new corresponding landmark: the Statue of Liberty in New York, or the Eiffel Tower in Paris, for example.

The Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller in New York (L) and Chicago (R), next to the landmarks from each time zone.
The Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller in New York (L) and Chicago (R), next to the landmarks from each time zone.

Similarly, you can tell the time anywhere – even if you’re not in that time zone – by looking at the landmark. No more trying to figure out what time it is in Seattle; I can just look at the Golden Gate Bridge and know the time!

The Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller makes me feel connected to the entire world, even as I’m traveling through a small part of it. I can easily see  the time in Aukland, Tokyo, or Dubai at any time, without ever changing my watch. I could travel to Sydney, Shanghai, or Istanbul, without ever changing my watch. The only time travel that the Time Traveller can’t handle automatically is dumb Daylight Savings Time.

Wearing the Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller All the Time

I’ve gone through phases of watch wearing (and non-watch wearing) in my life. The Time Traveller is the kind of watch I am eager to wear each time I put it on, for several reasons:

  • Mr. Jones Watches takes pride in their craftsmanship – it’s a beautiful, well-made timepiece.
  • The Time Traveller is a particularly demure style, at least compared to the rest of the Mr. Jones Watches collection!
  • It’s a conversation piece; when people catch a glimpse of the unusual face and I explain how it works, they’re captivated.
  • I become captivated myself sometimes when I look at my watch and start imagining what life is like in the other times and places I can see on its face.
The Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller in London (L) and Paris (R), with Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.
The Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller in London (L) and Paris (R), with Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

I haven’t met a single traveler who isn’t interested or fascinated by the Time Traveller watch. My friend Danielle recently included it in her 2016 holiday gift guide, and you’ll see it in my gift guide coming next week!

The Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller retails at £160 (~$195), and is available for purchase on their website or from one of their stockists. They also do occasional giveaways on their Facebook page.

Speaking of giveaways, you can even win a Mr. Jones Watches Time Traveller in my Blogiversary Giveaway! Don’t forget to enter before the October 31st deadline.

This post was sponsored by Mr. Jones Watches.



Wow. This is so nifty! Makes an awesome gift for any occasion.
I have a loved one’s birthday coming soon. So this is the right time for me to land here :).
That is so cool – you’ve included this in your blogiversary giveaway. Love that!!

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