HG Timepiece x De Bethune - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: HG Timepiece x De Bethune
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: HG30 PS1
    Case No: Unique Piece
    Model Name: De Bethune x HG Timepiece Hourglass - Blue Edition
    Material: Borosilicate glass and stainless steel nanoballs
    Calibre: N/A, number of nanoballs 3,977,260
    Dimensions: 240mm height x 200mm width; weight: 6kg
    Signed: Hourglass signed Marc Newson and De Bethune.
    Accessories: Hourglass box, coaster, and gloves

  • Catalogue Essay

    De Bethune and HG Timepiece have teamed up to reinvent one of history’s oldest timekeeping devices, the , for the year 2022. On the occasion of TimeForArt,
    De Bethune presents this unique version of the Hourglass designed by Marc Newson, 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 manufactured by HG Timepiece, these nanoballs incarnate time’s passing with distinction and flair.

    Generously donated by De Bethune and HG Timepiece, the timepiece is being sold to benefit the missions of Swiss Institute.

    The buyer of this lot may be eligible to receive a charitable tax deduction for their purchase. Please see section 10 of this Auction’s Conditions of Sale.


Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. HG30 PS1
De Bethune and HG Timepiece unique collaboration around the 30-minute duration iconic Hourglass by Marc Newson, with presentation box, sold to benefit the Swiss Institute

240mm height x 200mm width; weight: 6kg
Hourglass signed Marc Newson and De Bethune.

$12,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $44,100

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022