Designer Marc Newson makes a $12,000 hourglass


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Good for intimidating people who want a few minutes of an executive’s time.


I don’t know about $12,000 but it is a beautiful thing artfully made. I expect it will sell well, though not to me.


Newson is very talented. Check out some of his other work:

I suspect an original Newson piece like that will hold it’s value well over time.


Like sands through the hourglass so is the money of our lives.


The pretentiousness. It hurts.


All I see is toys for very rich people. Neat design? Yeah, maybe. Inspired? Not particularly.


Very nice. I’ll wait for the inevitable (and inevitably much cheaper) overseas knockoff.


Boing Boing, bringing you one-percenter news every hour, on the hour?

I mean, how will the pleb sitting in your office know you are the simply better than him if you don’t have a bauble whose price would have easily freed said pleb of, say, crushing medical debt but went instead towards a fancy egg timer. After all, it’s tactile.

(That means you can touch it. Your common or plebeian hourglasses, as I understand it, are so poorly built that your fingers go right through them. Completely insubstantial.)

But it’s tactile.



Wow, I have one almost like that, only taller and with crystalline white sand that shimmers just so. I paid 12$ for it; it was on sale at my local Chapters book store.


How to you set the daylight savings time?


I get that things are worth what you can sell them for.

I make custom knives that can run anywhere from $35 to over $1k. I don’t sell a lot of $1k+ knives (the last one was a couple of years ago to a collector in NY who probably spends more than that monthly on a parking space), and the $35 ones sell faster than I can make them (which is still like $35 for a few hours worth of work).

But 12k for some skillful glassblowing?
I think someone who could afford this may just want to consider a Chihuly hourglass, you know so other 1%-ers can at least have a bit of name recognition, and be suitably impressed.


C’mon, peoples, that’s only $200 a minute - bargain :neutral_face:


I must admit the use of little copper(colored, at least, I didn’t catch a specific alloy name) ball bearings does look pretty cool.

And make me wonder what the abrasion resistance is; and how many cycles you get before the balls are no longer shiny and some amount of dust clings to portions of the interior. In my definitely-not-a-metallurgist attempt to check, it appears that copper alloys vary pretty widely on that score.


You have to move over a time zone.


No need to wait:


Would you have the same reaction if somebody had a $10,000 Bob Ross painting hung on their wall?


Not my style, generally speaking. but I have to admit, I like the fuzzy backpack…


I saw this and thought…“wait a minute. I remember this on Kickstarter” It’s from way back in 2014. You could get gold or copper color spheres version for only $50 (the price back then).