The first hourglass, or sand clock, is said to have been invented by a French monk called Liutprand in the 8th century AD. Others claim that they first appeared in European ship inventories from the 14th century. Arriving just in time for the “Age of Discovery”, the hourglass was ideal for ocean travel because the bobbing waves didn’t affect its accuracy. Whatever its origins, there's no mistaking that they look pretty terrific on a desk; and in the age of iPhones there's something very appealing about an hourglass.
Embrace your inner Luddite, and indulge in one of these beauty's.