New brands are always exciting to find; hopefully they will have something original and different to offer that may not be seen elsewhere. The people behind Jacopo Dondi thought they had an original design for their first piece, and were quite surprised to find that it had been around for some time. The idea of having one hand to tell time around a 24 hour dial is not a new innovation, but it is also not a commonly seen design for a watch. After some consideration, the team decided that while not new, it was rare enough to continue with their one handed 24 hour watch.
The name of the brand, Jacopo Dondi, comes from research the owners did into one handed watches. Jacopo de’Dondi was a clock maker in the 1300’s who was commissioned to create a clock for the Torre Dell’Orologio in Italy. The original clock he built contained a one hand 24 hour dial design. Today a replica of the clock, built in 1423, still stands in the same place as the original, which was destroyed in a fire.