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A Day
Observed

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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 fourteen carat white gold, manual wind, Cartier dress watch. This refined, elegant and thin wrist watch is unmistakably Cartier. The design is very clean.  With a smooth, but fairly thin frame around the dial, tapered straight lugs and a classic Cartier dial of a white background with black glossy printed Roman numeral dial. The logo is the font used by Cartier from the 1960's and '70's.

This is a quite rare watch, but quite in common with what Cartier were doing for their North American stores at this time. We find a lot of contract pieces that were made in the U.S, purely for the U.S market. It would be very easy to imagine that during the mid-part of the twentieth century Cartier in Paris would simply not have been able to keep up with the growth and expansion of their business in a market that was expanding at rates not seen prior, after the turbulence of Word War Two. This was fueled by a burgeoning and voracious consuming middle and upper middle class, who were being encouraged to consume at a rate not seen in the developed world before.

During this time there were a select number of watches and clocks made by third party manufacturers and retailed under the Cartier name in their boutiques. A practice now seemingly unthinkable. However, at this time, and indeed earlier in the 1920's and 30's, pieces can be found made by Movado, Concord, Piaget, Rolex, and in this case; Baume & Mercier.  Cartier, in fact, went on to purchase Baume & Mercier and Piaget in 1988.

There would likely have been a design brief obtained as to what pieces were required, and how they were to look, as the DNA of Cartier is still very much present in these pieces. This is no exception to the rule here. In fact, this bears great resemblance to the Cartier pocket watches from the 1920's with clean plain dial, black printing of Roman numerals and outer minute track and fine leaf hands.

The fine white gold case that holds the movement is signed both on the outside with 'B & W' stamp, and inside with full Baume & Mercier branding, along with the internal serial number. The unique stamped Cartier serial number is also clear and present on the case back. The case is unpolished and in excellent condition throughout. Inside this case is a seventeen jewel manual wind Baume & Mercier caliber 1050 movement. The bridge is stamped 'KBU'; this is the import mark for Baume & Mercier USA which confirms its delivery into the US for retail. The movement has just undergone a full service and is keeping excellent time.

The dial is in very good condition overall with a few very light age marks, barely visible. The Cartier signature is strong, as is the printing for the numerals and minute track. The 'Swiss Made' stamp is visible at the base of the dial. The dial is original and not re-finished.

Overall, this is a very handsome and fine dress watch. The profile of the case is very thin, being just under seven millimeters thick, making for a wonderful evening, or black tie watch. It is also a perfect watch to pair with a suit as it will fit unobtrusively under a dress shirt sleeve. The case, although not big by todays standards at thirty three millimeters wide (not including the crown), is a good size for this style of watch and with longer lugs it does not feel 'small'. It also feels bigger due to the fairly thin frame around the watch, and the larger expansive white dial with finely printed numerals sitting in this fine frame.  The original, period correct, interlocking C's Cartier steel buckle is presented with the watch. The perfect watch for the fan of the understated beauty that Cartier brought to the watch world in this rare and handsome  package.


Price $5,600.00

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Item Dimensions
Case Width
1.3 inches (3.302cm)