Celebrating 40 Years Of Advancing Watch Culture
Since setting up our first boutique in 1979, we’ve dedicated ourselves towards one thing: sharing our passion for watches. And whilst it’s our 40th, we’re more excited for what’s yet to come.
In celebrating the passage of four decades of ‘time’, The Hour Glass has sought to challenge our relationship with the past, the present and the future by commissioning a series of objet D’arts from world-renowned contemporary artists and designers and presenting you a collection of commemorative watches from our esteemed partner brands.
Time is universal, yet entirely subjective.
The Hour Glass invited some of the leading figures in the fields of contemporary art and design to explore and engage with differing perceptions of time. Then Now Beyond presents these findings with a series of commissioned objets d’art that seek to challenge our relationship with the past, the present and the future.
NOMOS Red Dot 2019 Commemorative Edition
In 2017 and 2018, we released our first two The Hour Glass Edition NOMOS Glashütte watches: the NOMOS Zurich and NOMOS Tangente The Hour Glass Edition. To celebrate our 40th, we've partnered up once again with the famed German watchmaker to release four new variants of a much-loved watch, the Tangente neomatik 39. Available with either Oracle bone-script or Hindu-Arabic hour markers.
A New Kind of Blue
De Bethune's DB28 Steel Wheels Blue combines the fully blued-out aesthetic we all love from the DB28 Kind of Blue, with the open worked architecture of the DB28 Steel Wheels. The result? It's an all new Kind of Blue.
Patinate The Future
For 20 years, Urwerk's seamlessly blended old school horology with Blade Runner-esque design. The all new UR-105 The Hour Glass houses the self-winding UR 5.03 Calibre with wandering hours in a sandblasted bronze case. Meaning, it'll age with you. With each watch developing a unique patina.
Happy 40th with Chopard
Since 1993, the Happy Sport has brought joy to watch collectors the world over, with its signature moving diamonds. In celebrating our 40th-anniversary, we've partnered with Chopard to release a Commemorative Edition Happy Sport, adorned with a spinning rose gold and diamond starry sky and a guilloché mother-of-pearl dial.
Since its introduction in 2001, the ground-breaking Freak has become an instant classic, a seminal timepiece in modern-day Haute Horologerie. Launched back when an interest in experimental watchmaking was still in its infancy, the Freak was unlike anything seen before.
To celebrate 40 years of The Hour Glass and almost 20 years of the Freak we’re pleased to announce our take on the Ulysse Nardin Freak X. This time featuring a distinct champagne dial and Gold Carbonium® case.
Ten years before The Hour Glass became, well, The Hour Glass, Heuer's Monaco was setting watchmaking records. It was, the first square, water-resistant automatic chronograph to hit the market, and later, with a little help from Steve McQueen, the Monaco became a style icon. After fifty years, it's safe to say that the Monaco will go down in the history books as one of the most recognisable sports watches of the 20th-century.
It, therefore, gives us great pleasure in presenting the TAG Heuer Monaco The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition.
Our Fortieth Flieger
For our 40th we’ve taken Sinn Spezialuhren into unfamiliar territory, by releasing an intentionally distressed brown/mossy-green dial variant of the Sinn 356 Flieger. Replete with a high-contrast dial, day-date complications and tri-compax chronograph dial arrangement.
The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 – The Hour Glass Limited Edition
For our 40th Anniversary, we are presenting two new variants of The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935, a particularly eccentric watch amongst Longines' line-up of historically inspired watches. Featuring a distinctive dial angled at 40° designed to allow pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps to easily read the time without taking their hands off the plane’s controls. Our take on Longines’ popular mono-pusher pilot’s chronograph is available with a sunray blue or sunray champagne dial, both housed within a 41 mm bronze case.
MB&F’s newest creation, the Legacy Machine Thunderdome, is the result of a 4-year long collaboration between two horological masters, Eric Coudray and Kari Voutilainen. Featuring a revolutionary ‘TriAx’ triple-axis rotating escapement, housed under an arched sapphire crystal. Limited to 33 in platinum 950, with a light-blue guilloché dial plate. In addition, for our 40th Anniversary, we'll be releasing 10 Commemorative Edition Legacy Machine Thunderdome watches: 5 with a dark-blue guilloché dial and 5 with Aventurine dials, both with tantalum cases (a first for MB&F).
Tracking Three Time Zones
A few short years after Franck Muller founded his eponymously named brand, the Master Banker was released to solve a vexing problem for international bankers and dealers. 23 years on we’re proud to unveil our take on the Franck Muller Master Banker.
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Franck Muller x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
Our take on a Franck Muller classic, now in black and mocha.
MB&F x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
To create the MB&F Legacy Machine Thunderdome, Max Büsser assembled a modern horological dream team; combining the technical brilliance of Eric Coudray with the artistic virtuosity of Kari Voutilainen.
Longines x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
There’s no date window! Our latest Commemorative Edition is a true collectors watch. We’ve listened to the watch community and made a number of modifications on a classic watch from Longines. Including two new colourways and a bronze 41 mm case.
Sinn x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
The latest Commemorative Edition from The Hour Glass features a distressed brown dial, tri-compax chronograph dial arrangement and a matching suede strap. It’s a radical aesthetic departure from the black monochromatic colour scheme normally found on Sinn’s popular Flieger wristwatch.
NOMOS Glashütte x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
New to the Tangente family, the Tangente neomatik The Hour Glass. Coming in 4 colour variants, two with Oracle Bone Script hour markers and two with Arabic-Sanskrit hour markers. Perhaps the most cosmopolitan collection of watches that the Glashütte-based watch manufacture has ever released.
TAG Heuer x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
Funnily enough champagne isn’t associated with the Monaco. Up until now, most TAG Heuer Monaco watches have come with blue dials. But come to think of it, what’s the first thing race drivers do when they take podium? They pop the champagne. So when it came time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Monaco and the 40th anniversary of The Hour Glass, it only made sense to uncork the champagne.
De Bethune x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
De Bethune celebrates The Hour Glass’s 40th Anniversary by creating an exceptional DB28 Steel Wheels that is entirely blue. The “DB28 Steel Wheels Blue” comes in a commemorative edition of just numbered exemplars available exclusively at The Hour Glass.
Chopard x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
Instead of the typical spinning diamonds, this special Happy Sport is imbued with five dreamlike and playful moving elements consisting of a laughing 18K rose gold sun, one diamond-set 18K rose gold moon and three diamond-set 18K rose gold stars dancing playfully in a joyful display of light.
Ulysse Nardin x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
It’s been a freaky 20 years since the original Ulysse Nardin Freak was released. Collectors the world over party attribute the revival of complicated avant-garde watchmaking to the original Freak. It has also since become a fully-fledged collection, with the relatively recent introduction of the Freak Out, the Freak X and the Freak neXt.
Urwerk x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)
This unique trio of watches features URWERK’s emblematic wandering hours indication in a new case that takes up some of the design features of URWERK’s models during its association with The Hour Glass: the shape of the sapphire glass recalls that of the UR-103 series that started the partnership 15 years ago.