The Promise of Happiness


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The minutes are part of the pattern of the tiger’s stripes, while the hours sit within the blazing red sun.
Fanny Shorter designed and illustrated this tiny jungle scene for Mr Jones Watches. She took inspiration from the details that are found in traditional Indian miniature painting.
This watch was made in London. Mr Jones Watches printed on different planes of the watch – the underside of the glass to the dial and minute disc.
The print creates a sense of depth and allows the time keeping element of the watch to be completely emerged in the jungle.
Fanny explains her thinking behind the design:
“I was mostly inspired by folk and naive art, specifically Pahari Indian miniature paintings. I saw the British Museum exhibition ‘Gardens and Cosmos’ way back and the incredible detail of the paintings on show has always stuck in my mind.
I really wanted the excuse to explore the idea of painting to a very small scale and this watch design has provided just the opportunity. I’ve always loved Henri Rousseau. He’s painted many a jungle scene, so I looked to him for a colour palette.
Rousseau was also the inspiration for the name of the watch – it’s from a statement he made: ”beauty is the promise of happiness”.

SKU: MJ013 Categories: ,


Mechanism: ST1721, 20 jewel automatic mechanical
Width (3 o’clock to 9 o’clock): 37mm
Height (from lug to lug): 46mm
Strap: Hirsch forest leather
Case: 316L stainless steel Guarantee: 12 months
Waterproof: 5ATM

About Fanny Shorter
Fanny Shorter is a designer and printmaker. She grew up in the quintessentially English county town of Winchester, surrounded by historic architecture and idyllic countryside. Her upbringing formed an enduring influence on her designs and how her work is manufactured.
Fanny originally trained as an illustrator at Brighton University. In 2011 she established her eponymous range of textiles, prints and accessories from her studio at Cockpit Arts in London.

Each watch comes in a MJW presentation box. 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.

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