One of Time Magazine’s Top 100 most influential people in the world, Australian born designer Marc Newson’s aesthetic vision and uncompromising originality has won him international acclaim. His latest creation is The Hourglass, which he has designed for watch brand Ikepod.
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.
Glass blowers based in Basel Switzerland individually produce 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.
The Hourglass is available in four colors and two sizes – a ten minute or 60 minute timer.