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June 8, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If you don't have the time... Mr. Jones makes a very cool limited edition Super Mario watch

Mr. Jones watch logo It's not often I wear a watch. With digital timepieces embedded in nearly every electronic device, I rarely find the need to wear one. Everywhere I go, I have several options for determining the time from my phone to my 2DS. Most of us do, however, watches have taken on more of an accessory role. Watches have become fashion accessories or statements of wealth. But knowing if you're late for a meeting does not require an expensive watch!

Perhaps the Apple Watch will bring more attention to watches as functional devices, going well beyond the time of day. I certainly see the appeal of cool watches. Take a look at some of the designs from Mr Jones Watches in London. We particularly like the "Sun and Moon Miyamoto" watch.

This watch is a limited edition piece of only 100 units. The website allows you to choose which numbered watch you wish to purchase. It will set you back about $270, but they ship globally.

Sun And Moon Miyamoto Watch

Sun And Moon Miyamoto watch Sun And Moon Miyamoto watch. The minutes and seconds are displayed in the centre dial and these run in the conventional way, so each marker on this dial corresponds to five minutes or seconds.
Sun And Moon Miyamoto watch Sun And Moon Miyamoto watch. "Sun and Moon" watches were first produced in England in the late 1600s during a period of experimentation with ways to represent the time.

We love the elaborate comparison made between playing video games and wearing a Mr. Jones watch. Part of the website's text follows:

This watch has graphics inspired by the world of Super Mario. The imagery on the hour disc pays homage to the cartoon unreality of Mario's landscape - a nostalgic trigger for anyone who spent their childhood exploring this strange world. The watch is named after the designer of the Super Mario games Shigeru Miyamoto.

Beyond the playfulness of the design, I wanted to explore a link between the imagined world of the video game and the mental construct of time telling: both are artful, human inventions that operate with their own internal logic and rules; yet both appear to be entirely coherent and in a curious way 'natural'.

The control of Mario in the game world makes him feel like an extension of our body - we move him, as we move our own limbs, without conscious thought. Similarly we internalize hours, minutes and seconds to the extent that we cannot see them as human invention. Ultimately time, as we measure it, is as 'unreal' as a world of powerups and long-tongued dinosaurs.

Yikes ! That was a mouthful!

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

Now this is my kind of watch! I love the LL Bean watch my parents bought me, but I also like video games and watching Johnny Test and Regular Show. Thus my time piece of choice needs to reflect and celebrate my childishness.

With multiple watch faces to choose from, a built-in camera, and a few games, this kiddie gadget is the perfect hybrid for me. It's a little bit Apple Watch and a little bit game-oriented. What's not to like for $45?

Wait - it has a voice recorder with five wacky voice-changing effects? I think my smartwatch needs have now been exceeded!

In all seriousness, this kid's watch is very basic and most kids who've used a tablet or smartphone, will become bored with this Vtech product within minutes.
Party on, Wayne!

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