The Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson

Ikepod has over the years sought to convey something different to the watch collector’s world, something that introduces elements from the worlds of art and design into the world of fine horology.

It is always a challenge to cross between worlds and between cultures, but Ikepod designer Marc Newson has done so, for over 20 years, by designing everything from limited edition furniture that has set auction records to the new airbus A380 for Qantas.

Ikepod, which has produced Newson’s timepieces, now brings timekeeping, design and sculpture together in the form of The Hourglass. Marc Newson’s Hourglass is a feat of engineering made using borosilicate glass and millions of stainless steel nanoballs.

Borosilicate is a specialized and unusually durable type of glass. It is used in laboratories and aerospace applications because it is able to withstand high pressure and weight loads.

The glass blower based in Basel Switzerland individually produces each piece by hand, closely reproducing Newson’s design. The Hourglass is the consummate Ikepod anachronism, a merger of an age old time keeping mechanism crafted by hand, filled with millions of high tech metallurgical nanoballs, resulting in a 10 or 60 minutes chronometer unlike any other.

Technical details

The Hourglass HG
Borosilicate glass
Stainless steel nanoballs
300 mm x 250 mm
9.6 kg
60 minutes timer

The Hourglass HGS
Borosilicate glass
Stainless steel nanoballs
150 mm x 125 mm
1.5 kg
10 minutes timer

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