The Hourglass is actually the third design Rogier van Ree made, the first design, The Inkpot, was also a single-hand watch and now he wanted to take that concept a few steps further.
Inspired by watches with lots of glass, an idea crystalized in his mind to simplify time indication to its minimum: using a single rotating dial-hand with just a single mark to show the hours of the day. Much alike a sundial. Nothing else to distract the eye, not even the logo. And no part of the case to obscure line of sight.
That would be a watch for people who are really not in a hurry, no hard timeline to obey in any way. To make it interesting for a larger crowd, He decided to add a more accurate way of reading time. But how to without loosing that absolute minimalistic look of the dial-hand?
Having a single completely visible rotating dial-hand with hour markers on its side. This is a really unique feature of this watch. The glass is sapphire, of course.
For a quick glance at the pacing of the day you just take a look at the top. And when you need to know, you just twist your wrist to take a look at the side at 6 o’clock. You can estimate time down to about two minutes accurate using the quarter-hour markers and the little index on the case. A matter of practice you will master in no time.
The watch is another step forward towards the motto: time is essential but should not rule us to the second.
The case has an acceptable height to have it slide easily under the cuff of your shirt. The case is made of nickel free stainless steel. It measures 41m in diameter and is 12mm thick. Glass, case and bottom form a perfectly symmetrical shape.
The case is hardened to a degree that it is sheer unscratchable. Added up to the 2 sapphire glasses, your watch will keep looking great for years to come. The patented hardening process used is rather new to the watchmaking world.