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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 solid eighteen carat gold Cartier men's dress watch on a Cartier alligator signed band, with Tang buckle.  This is an elegant and classic wristwatch, in superb unpolished condition.  The unfussy round case, with clean drop lugs and a slightly sunken crown are well proportioned offering a watch that is perfect for work, or functions that require a jacket.  

The snap case back has a variety of stamped numbers.  Some are the full Cartier stamped reference numbers, and model number.  Others were most likely individual numbers applied by the Swiss watch maker.  There are also double owl stamps and swan stamp, with "AB".

The swan, or cygne, mark comes up quite often on Swiss watches.  It is a mark which is rather difficult to pin down. It was used for items that were not hallmarked in France in the normal way and so was principally used on imported items, such as Swiss watches imported into France.  Which makes sense in this case, as the watch was made in Switzerland and then imported into France for sale.

The owl, in this case is stamped twice, is also a French import mark, used on gold. The symbol on the owl's chest identifies at which French assay office the item was tested and marked. The swan shows that the item meets the minimum French legal standard for gold, and that it is therefore legal to describe it as a gold item.  A nice addition to the splendid back of this watch.  

Along with this series of import marks is a curious, but appealing coat of arms.  A knight's helmet with fleur de lis sits atop two shields. The significance, or origins of this have failed to be discovered.  They appear to have been stamped into the case upon manufacturing, and not a later addition.  This would have been a design directive from Cartier. 

Inside the case is the classic Swiss Helvetia mark, "0,750 18k" and the hammer head makers mark of "115".  This was for makers; Manufacture Favre & Perret SA.  This company is regarded as one of the very last surviving, high quality, independent watch and case makers.  They would go on to be acquired  by the Swatch group in 1999.  This company made cases for many of the finest watch companies; Movado, Zenith to name a couple, since their formation in 1865.  This would explain the quality case this watch finds itself in.

The watch is powered by a caliber E2, seventeen jewel, two adjustment  mechanical manual wound movement, made by Bueche Girod.  These two brands had a long  and successful relationship.  There are many examples of dual signed watches from these two luxury brands.  They manufactured a number of men's, but predominantly lady's watches for Cartier.

The handsome cross hair dial has a reverse 'pie-pan' design to it, with a 'naturalistic' textured solid gold chapter ring with gold applied stick hour markers, and double hour marker at the twelve  o'clock position.  The dial is signed with the script Cartier signature that is found on most watches, and "Swiss Made" at the six o'clock position, and is all original and not re-finished.  There is no luminous material on the watch, as is common on dress watches.

The watch is presented in excellent original and untouched  condition throughout.  Rarely worn, it would appear.  This is a very rare model, with no other examples like it being found.  The watch comes with a Foundwell one year warranty.


Price $4,450.00

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Item Dimensions
Case Size
1.3 inches (3.302cm)