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A Day
Observed

A story presented by

Scene 1:
‘Morning’

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:
‘Noon’

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:
‘Evening’

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:
‘Night’

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

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
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

Foundwell

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A stainless steel twenty four hour dial Glycine Airman on the original elasticated 'stretch' band.  An exceptional example of one of the most popular pilots watches made during the mid-twentieth Century.  The Airman has a couple of very noticeable design attributes that differentiate this watch from others; the black 24 hour dial, and the patented movable second time zone bezel, with locking crown at the four o'clock position.  

This very unique watch was introduced in 1953, and was very special in what it was able to offer.  Along with the 24 hour dial, second time zone function (which being fixed to prevent accidental slipping was unique) it also had a hacking mechanism, delivered via a tiny pin which rises from the dial between the 2 and 4 of the 24, catching the seconds hand at twelve o'clock allowing for near perfect time setting.  To observe this function with a loop is a thing of wonder!

The Airman was designed after a Glycine executive discussed with a pilot what would be required for the ultimate watch for flying. The result was the Airman with its 24-hour bezel that would grant pilots ability to track local time as well as a GMT reference, as Greenwich Meridian Time is the standard used by aircraft traffic control around the world. The Glycine Airman became an immediate favorite among U.S. military personnel for its two-time-zone functionality, and it's particularly associated with helicopter pilots during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  It was offered at a discount in adverts for the watch to AOPA members, and soon become an essential tool for any serious pilot.

This absolutely mint example also features the original stretch bracelet that could also be purchased with the watch, as seen in the original manuals and adverts for the watch.  This is an earlier screw back case example, with very earl 601XXX serial number clearly engraved into the case back.  This makes the watch from 1964 just after the merge with Montres Altus SA, pre the EPSA transition which came in around 1964, and therefore does not have the crossed hatch crown or compression case, trademarks of EPSA cased watches.  The beautiful matte dial has the logo-free dial and the more serif font on the pre-1967 addition of the Glycine crown logo, and change of font.  The watch has the original untouched crystal with magnification under the crystal magnifying the earlier red date font on the wheel.

The movement inside is the A Schilds 1700/01, twenty five jewel automatic variant.  This is not the lesser seventeen jewel example made for importation into the American market due to tariffs.  It runs perfectly, along with the much broken, and hard to replace hacking mechanism.

The only criticism that can be leveled at this essentially "New Old Stock" time capsule example is that, at some point, it has been re-lumed.  This watch along with a Glycine SST, and a Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute, all came from a pilot who wore them for flying, so he had this re-lumed as it no longer would function in low light while he flew.  A cleaner more perfect dial, case and bezel from 1964 will be hard to find.


Price $2,695.00

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Item Dimensions
Width (not inc. crown)
1.417 inches (3.59918cm)