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 Audemars Piguet automatic Calatrava, reference 5115BA, dress watch.  A very rare and handsome watch from one of the world's leading names in luxury horology.  This elegant and clean watch comes from the period where a number of stunning and complicated iconic watches were being made within the AP factory.  This watch is no different.  The large size, screw back, solid eighteen carat yellow gold case showcases this stunning bullseye style dial which highlights different finishes to the dial in order to produce this center area framed by the polished ring, framed again by another finer frame.  The hour markers are the same as other markers found from other AP references from the same period, and are the same as found on a number of Patek Philippe watches. The hands are very simple and fine with an anodized center sweep seconds.  They match the overall paired down and clean feel of the watch.

The watch is powered by an exceptionally high grade automatic 2499/1 caliber.  This twenty one jewel movement, with swan neck regulator and solid gold edged rotor, is finished to an exceptional level.  The 2499 was introduced by AP into their line up in 1953, producing around seven hundred pieces until it was eventually phased out being replaced by the K2017 in 1959.

Audemars Piguet confirmed this watch from their archive having been first sold in 1957.  So, approaching nearly seventy years old, this watch is in exceptional condition.  Sadly, often dress watches from this period suffer from damage to the dials.  This is not the case here.  The dial is original, and remains in superb condition.  It retains its "Swiss" signature below the six o'clock marker.  The case has been polished, not uncommon with softer high carat gold cases.  However, it remains in a strong overall condition.  The original hallmarks are present on both undersides of the lugs.  The screw back case is very thick, and in excellent condition with no major slip marks, fully signed on the inside along with the Helvetia gold mark.  If you are looking for a rare and exceptional quality time only watch with great pedigree in a larger size, this watch is very hard to beat.

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Item Dimensions
Case Width
1.391 inches (3.53314cm)