Marc Newson designed the exclusive timepiece for a Hodinkee collection

Designer Marc Newson, who is currently a top member of Apple’s design team, was approached by luxury watch company Hodinkee to create a limited run of 100 handmade hourglasses. The Marc Newson Hourglass is blown from borosilicate glass, also known as Pyrex, and filled with copper-coated nanoballs instead of sand. These nanoballs are perfectly rounded to avoid catching each other and damaging the glass container when they hit the bottom.

Because the 100 hourglasses were handmade, each one in the collection is unique. Some may have a few air bubbles along the glass or a slightly larger gap between the two glass chambers, though these differences are on a scale of millimeters.

Hodinkee made the Marc Newson Hourglass series available to the public, with each hourglass priced at $12,000.

Marc Newson Hourglass

Designer Marc Newson, who is currently a top member of Apple’s design team, was approached by luxury watch company Hodinkee to create a limited run of 100 handmade hourglasses. The Marc Newson Hourglass is blown from borosilicate glass, also known as Pyrex, and filled with copper-coated nanoballs instead of sand. These nanoballs are perfectly rounded to avoid catching each other and damaging the glass container when they hit the bottom.

Because the 100 hourglasses were handmade, each one in the collection is unique. Some may have a few air bubbles along the glass or a slightly larger gap between the two glass chambers, though these differences are on a scale of millimeters.