De Bethune, Hourglass

• Manufacturer: HG Timepiece x De Bethune
• Year: 2022
• Reference No.: HG30 PS1
• Case No.: Unique piece
• Model Name: Hourglass - Blue edition
• Material: Borosilicate glass and stainless-steel balls
• Caliber —— Number of Nanoballs inside the hourglass: 3’977’260
• Bracelet/Strap: N/A
• Clasp/Buckle: N/A
• Dimensions: 240 x 200 mm Weight: 6kg
• Signed: Both logos of Marc Newson and De Bethune
• Accessories: Hourglass box, coaster, and gloves
• Estimate: $12,000 - $24,000

De Bethune and legendary designer Marc Newson have teamed up to reinvent one of history’s oldest timekeeping devices, the hourglass, for the year 2022. On the occasion of TimeForArt, De Bethune presents this unique version of the hourglass, with a 30-minute duration size, hinting at an eternal conundrum: is the hour half full or half empty? The passage of time is made visible by nanoballs developed by master watchmaker Denis Flageollet cast in a rich, blue hue achieved from the precise and complex process of flame-bluing engineered by Swiss watch Manufacture De Bethune. This nuanced shade recalls the signature blue of French-artist Yves Klein, an artist who often incorporated fire and burning into his groundbreaking work. Contained within an elegant, sensuous glass container, these nanoballs incarnate time’s passing with distinction and flair.

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