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Objets D’art By Marc Newson, Nendo & More You Can Score At The Hour Glass Exhibition

From now till Jan 31, the Malmaison by The Hour Glass flagship store will house limited-edition timepieces and objets d’art to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

In the past few months, you might have been receiving news of watch brand after watch brand releasing a commemorative timepiece to mark the 40th birthday of homegrown luxury watch retailer The Hour Glass. The roll call of brands features the retailer’s longstanding partners and influential industry players like Audemars Piguet, Chopard, De Bethune, Franck Muller, MB&F, Urwerk, Ulysse Nardin, Nomos Glashutte, Sinn, Tag Heuer and Longines. Now, you can shop for these limited edition collections as part of the two month-long exhibition titled ‘Then Now Beyond’ that runs from now till Jan 31 at the Malmaison by The Hour Glass flagship in Orchard Road.

The futuristic scenography of the exhibition takes its cues from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Visitors who swing by will notice that the second floor of the store sports a futuristic look with sleek metal surfaces, aluminium and brass bars as well as a lightscape mimicking the stars. The intergalactic scenography is the work of renowned Milan-based design outfit JoAnn Tan Studio who was inspired by the set in Stanley Kubrick’s seminal show 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). But the attraction does not stop there. The Hour Glass also commissioned four trailblazers in the contemporary design scene to create limited edition objets d’art that interpret the beauty and the essence of time. Browse our gallery above for a closer look.


Who: Dutch artist Wieki Somers (above) and Dylan van de Berg of the 16-year-old Studio Wieki Somers. The duo is known for their imposing and fantastical installations that are based on everyday and ordinary items. Cue the Chimney Pots series from 2014 that featured odd chimneys inspired by medieval English Tudor architecture or the award-winning Merry-Go-Round Coat Rack (2008) which resembled a ghostly carousel made up of hangers.   Photo Anne Timmer
What: Entitled the Beetle Clock, this 3D printed aluminium design highlights the environmental plight caused by the rapid loss of insect habitats due to human actions like urbanisation and climate change. The golden base resembles a stump of a tree trunk complete with the age rings, while the hour and minute hands made in the shape of beetles – a commentary on the importance of small creatures within the larger ecosystem.   How much: $28,000 with eight pieces available   Photo Mathijs Labadie
Who: Canada-born Tokyo-based Oki Sato has turned his studio Nendo into a household name for contemporary works that span an expansive field of product design to furniture design to architecture. The Cabbage Chair which he collaborated on with Issey Miyake was made from pleated paper salvaged from the production of Pleats Please garments and remains one of his most iconic works till today.   Photo Kento Mori
What: A sci-fi looking clock design called the Cubic Clock. The design is moulded from one piece of aluminium cuboid and features two hands sliced from that monolithic structure. They unite and overlap one another on two occasions each day – at midnight and noon – to create one seamless and solid piece which is meant to convey the resetting of the mind.   How much: $60,000 with 10 pieces available
Who: The New York-based multi-disciplinary artist Daniel Arsham s one of the most exciting names in contemporary art today. Known for his reputation as an “archaeologist of the future”, he often creates sculptural castings of everyday objects like a McDonald’s sign cast in obsidian or a pile of basketballs made from crystal. Explains why most of his works resemble hauntingly stark post-apocalyptic creations.
What: Ashram toys with the romantic concept of frozen time. That idea is manifested in the form of this bronze sculpture that he dubbed the Bronze Hourglass and filled with minerals, crystals and sand. Meant to resemble an archaeological find from the future, the hourglass design compels the viewer to rethink the present moment.   How much: $7,000 with 100 pieces available
Who: One of this generation’s most prolific designers, the Sydney-born industrial designer Marc Newson has unleashed his modern aesthetic through cult collaborations with brands like Hermes and Louis Vuitton and for a myriad of items ranging from shotguns to motorboats. One of the most famous creations that he co-designed was the Apple smartwatch.   Photo Jorn Tomter
What: This mouth-blown and hand-carved crystal clock is named the Klepsydra 30′ Blue. Its premise is an ancient water clock which measured time via the regulated flow of liquid into or out from a vessel. Newson’s modern take is a feat of engineering in itself: time is measured accurately through the flow of 2.8 million ‘nanoballs’ measuring 0.7mm each that moves using a complex mechanism developed in-house.   How much: $125,000 with three pieces available