A Day

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Scene 1:

It was a bright cold day with glassy surfaces that looked hard.
Into the square frame he stood as if in a dream.

What emerged was precisely what he expected to find: a reflection of memory images. Contemplating his face in the photo frame he waited.

1960s lucite and chrome 3 image photo frame

By the steady hands of his watch, he listened to time. Every day for the past sixteen days he saw her. Silver lingered in the crease of
an open book.

Rolex burlwood dial, Jubilee bracelet Miniature
oar English university trophy, sterling silver.

So absorbed in his thoughts
he hardly saw the platinum catch-all, the key, or the revelation locked inside those lapis lazuli cufflinks tossed unmistakably in cold blue.

Hans Hanson catch-all. Mid-century, Danish sterling silver. Stirrup money clip, by Hermès. Padlock keyring, sterling silver " Tie bar-slide " Round lapis lazuli cufflinks" Square cufflinks, two tone rose and yellow gold, diamond."

Only by whirling on his heel could he hope to comprehend
the panorama.

Shoe horn, circa 1930. American sterling silver
Scene 2:

He remained.Trapped in that enormous room,
unmistakably familiar in feeling yet so peculiar.

Above the mantle was
displayed an Austrian hound
of impeccable integrity.

Hagenauer sculpture, 1930

His gaze fell on the letter opener. By accident she had learnt more about his life from the contents of that letter than anywhere.

Dunhill letter opener with lighter top, circa 1950

Cleopatra’s eye reflected
the sun. Through the hypnotism
of precious metals there
emerged a dark slender shadow.

Cleopatra’s eye magnifying glass. Mid-century, gold plated
Hermès weighted pen. Silver plated.

A lighter presented itself, smooth to the touch
it gave the impression of
intelligent company.

Table lighter St Dupont, circa 1960. Gold plate
Scene 3:

All this time light was receding from the room.

“I should explain why I spend so much time here”, said the silhouette. Leaves moved like shadows across her eyes.

Hermès rope bottle opener. Plated silver.

It’s not too late to turn back. Time moved with faint sounds.

Venini hourglass. Hand-blown lurid Murano glass.

He unscrewed the telescopic cup, rolled and remained still. Black eyes on the dice prophesied a new cycle.

Telescopic cup, J. E. Cauldwell. Gold plated. Dice,
Cartier for America. Vitreous enamel glass, silver

Staring down at the varnished surface her mouth worried him while her eyes examined the gold cufflink.

Audemar Piguet evening watch. gold plated, Roman dial, alligator strap
Scene 4:

Everything went crashing black.

Pale graceful hands placed
the gold stud box delicately
on the table.

Men’s Edwardian jewellery box, 1910. Gold plated.
Mid-century British cigar ashtray. Sterling silver and crystal.

He lit a match to make sure the watch had really stopped. Smoke lingered from its vesta case.

Realist wrapped tobacco leaf march vesta. Silver.

As the travel clock neared
one the figure vanished into dappled shadows.

Art Deco Jaeger LeCoultre travel clock.
Gold and silver plated. Retailed by Aspray.

On the newly varnished table two bronze shot cups sat alive like in a dream.

Tooth shot cup by Foundwell. Bronze and silver plated.
Set of 4, 3 silver 1 gold. Heath & Midleton champagne decanters circa 1900.
Sterling silver and glass.
The End

A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy, creative direction OK-RM,
notes by Kate O’Brien and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy,
creative direction OK-RM
notes by Kate O’Brien
and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

Early and Rare Sterling Silver Gorham Martini Mixing Bucket

Golf Cocktail Shaker
and Matching Golf Bag Cup

Sterling Silver Woven Bottle Coaster



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A solid eighteen carat yellow gold Art Deco mechanically made watch.  This is an exceptional and possibly unique jeweller made wrist watch.  One must remember that at the time this watch was made, the wrist watch, that we very much take for granted today, was very much in its infancy.  Therefore the ability of the limited number of established watch makers to keep up with the growing demand was severely inhibited.  As a result some high end jewellers in Europe embarked on their own watch case making.  This would not have been a big departure for the many highly skilled and creative bench goldsmiths working in workshops at the time.  A brief to design a stylish frame within which a basic ebauche, which could be purchased from one of the many Swiss movement makers, could beautifully sit would not have been a problem. However, as is the case with many watches, even today, the end resulsts are rarely as beautiful as this.

The stunning stepped, scallop shaped case, with its fan like top and bottom, house a stylish guilloche centered dial that has beautiful Arabic printed dial, and blued steel classic syringe style hands point out the time in a very elegant way.  It is very obvious that this watch was made by a jeweller, as opposed to a watch case maker as it really defines what we were seeing across architecture, industrial design and jewellery at this time.  The manacles of classic watch case design feel very much removed here.  Another beautiful feature to this watch, which likely pre-dates Role'x hooded lug bubble back watches, is the hooded lug case design. The watch therefore seems to float effortlessly on the wrist.

The watch is powered by a beautifully Geneva striped, manually wound, movement.  This is a Swiss made simple but reliable ebauche would have been a higher grade movement than your average.

The watch has a French makers mark of "LH" stamped onto the inside which we have not yet been able to identify.  The watch appears to be on its original brown sueded hand stitched band featuring its beautifully hand-made solid eighteen carat yellow gold buckle complete with French assay marks.  If you are looking for absolute elegance in watch design, and for something that will allow you to be unique in a world where everyone is clamoring to be unique, then look no further than this impressive piece of design history.  

The watch recently featured on the wrist of Kvein Costner for the Julky issue of GQ Magazine.

Price $6,495.00


Item Dimensions
Case Width
0.65 inches (1.651cm)
Case Length
1.7 inches (4.318cm)