Jacopo Dondi was founded by partners Jake and Carmen, based in Perth, Australia, in 2016.
After initially thinking we had come up with a completely original concept, we soon discovered that not only was the concept already in existence, but that it had been around for almost 700 years, with Jacopo de’Dondi being commissioned to construct the world’s first clock face - a 24-hour face, of course - in Padua, Italy, in 1344. So why had we, and everyone we spoke to - including many watch stores - never seen a 24-hour dial?
When the world moved to the 12-hour system in the 1500s, the 24-hour dial was forgotten by all but those either well-versed in horology, or those with a military-related background.
With the support of 283 backers on Kickstarter, we were able to bring our own take on the 24-hour dial into reality.
Granted, the 12-hour, two-hand dial method may be the more accurate, but there’s a certain romance in owning and wearing a 24-hour watch: knowing that the single hand will pass each marker only once a day; taking joy in the idea of a stranger noticing your watch and not quite being able to work out what’s going on; and loving that you wear a watch that is truly unique.
Along with the shift in concept, you also notice the subtle shift in your perception of time and you soon become much more aware of how you’re using it.
All of our watches are inspected, packaged, and shipped by us - while still working full-time jobs!
You came here because a part of you was interested in our story; the truth is, we're still writing the Jacopo Dondi story. If you order a watch, thank you - you just became a huge part of that story. If you can't order a watch right now, but you love them all the same, there are still some things you can do to show your support:
- Follow us on Instagram - we even give them away from time to time!
- Sign up to our mailing list to be updated on any sales and news we’ll have in the future (scroll to the bottom of any page)
- Just show a friend :)
Of course, not everyone gets it, but we're here for the people that do.
Welcome, with love,
Jake & Carmen