The Swiss luxury watch brand Czapek & Cie has joined forces with Moser Glassworks, a historic Czech glass manufacturer, to create an outstanding sculpture of Bohemian crystal that doubles as a device to measure time.
The hourglass is one of the first instruments invented by man to measure the passage of time. And like all time-tellers, it has its own way of expressing itself. It represents the inexorable flow of time, and also balance. The hourglass invites us to watch each moment slip by and to seize it.
Czapek and Moser Glassworks, two companies with roots combining a mid- 19th century birth with a Czech-born founder, chose this emblematic object to launch an unusual collaboration imagined by a common friend and shareholder.
The dialogue between the two brands began with the idea of exploring the concept of the beauty of time. The initial thought of producing a collection of crystal clocks blossomed into a collaboration on an hourglass, a pure, original and refined product. Czapek and Moser designers worked closely to create this crystal marvel whose very shape appears timeless. Various elements are conjoined to make this fine 20-centimeter tall object of eternal beauty.
Earth is represented by the glassmaking sand, the silica crystals (Si O₂) in their purest form, quartz, which Moser is famous for and remains among the very few to use it in the world. A combination of oxides are used to colour the Moser crystal, which is not leaded and therefore ecologically sound. The base mixture is then fired, melted into enamel, and then cast into hand-crafted wooden moulds. The final object is shaped by air blown by Moser’s skilled Masters. Water, finally, is used to cool down the mould and the hands of the glassmaker. The hourglass was built to count out five minutes that flow with a slight whisper from top to bottom.
The Czapek & Cie and Moser Glassworks “Sands of Time” hourglass will be produced in 18 pieces only and will be on sale in the two brands’ boutiques and exclusive retailers at a price of CHF 5’000 from May 2019.
• Hand-made by Moser Glassworks master glassmakers
• Mouth blown from the pure unleaded ecological crystal glass
• Hand cut and hand polished to a high gloss
• Pure un-leaded crystal glass, silica crystals (Si O2)
• Height: 22,5 cm
• Time measured: 5 mins
About Moser Glassworks
The luxury crystal brand is named after Ludwig Moser, who established his own engraving workshop and glass shop near the famous Market Colonnade in Karlovy Vary, in March 1857. Within a quarter-century, he had laid the foundations for glassworks, where master glass-blowers, cutters, painters and engravers created unique art works from pure, un-leaded crystal. Luxury beverage sets, decorative objects and Moser master-engravings are popular items among fans of original crystal objects the world round. In the Czech Republic, Moser is perceived as the most luxurious Czech brand.