Renowned industrial designer Marc Newson’s fascination with mantel clocks and affinity for rounded, organic forms converge in his latest timekeeping apparatus: Klepsydra, the Greek word for the ancient clocks that measured time through the flow of water.
Rather than a liquid, though, Newson’s 33-pound crystal and aluminum creation employs roughly 2.85 million steel microballs that drive a 30-minute counter. The system involves cups that are gradually filled with the tiny silver- or gold-coated spheres.
In Northern California, the piece is available exclusively at the Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry boutique inside the Rosewood Sand Hill. $80,000 in silver, $85,000 in gold, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Originally published in the July/August issue of Silicon Valley