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 three colour gold Cartier  Trinity wristwatch.  An absolutely stunning, rare and high quality piece of horology meets jewellery.  Such can be the quality and design expertise when Cartier set their minds to creating new shapes and case designs that they become a crossover between a jewellery piece, and a watch.  This  watch is a very creative addition to the brand's extensive collection which originated from the 'Trinity' gold wedding band, or a Russian wedding ring, as they are sometimes known.   On this occasion making the watch case from this three band design, and setting it on a stunning and unusual beaded  gold  bracelet.

When this watch was launched it was part of a collection of earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets that all were modeled around interlocking gold bands of white, yellow and pink, or rose gold.  As a result of which this case features that interlocking three colour gold design element.  It was very beautifully executed by the Cartier design team, as one would imagine.  The three bands work seamlessly to create the case around the stunning guilloché, diamond set dial. 

The dial is very unusual, and quite unique to this watch.  Instead of the classic design cues, this time the dial is completely plain with twelve beautiful diamonds set as the hour markers. There is a fine guilloché pattern that is meticulously engraved into the dial which is not immediately apparent.  Being that the colour is a soft eggshell colour enamel, it is only when turning the watch to catch the light that the pattern grabs the attention of the eye and responds in a stunning way.  The dial is signed "Swiss" below the six o'clock marker, with "Cartier" floating quite prominently in the top half of the dial. 

A further beautiful feature to the watch is the large, inversely set, diamond into the crown.  Classically Cartier fit sapphires in to the crown, but for their highest level of watch making, this made way for diamonds.  This watch would most likely have been included in the Priveé Collection.

The case is set onto a very  rare solid eighteen carat gold Cartier bracelet.  It is made to the levels one comes to expect with Cartier, being almost bead-like in the  way  it feels, looks and moves.  Almost like a fine chainmail.  The bracelet is attached to the case in a way in which it can actually be removed and any form of leather or fabric band can be attached instead which will give a very different look and feel to the watch.  For example; a black or navy satin band would make the watch feel a lot more 'evening' attire.  Whereas a black calf band would mean it could easily be worn in the day with a white shirt.  The gold bracelet allows for it tp be quite versatile too.  The bracelet measures just above six inches in length, but can be sized down if required.

The fully signed and hallmarked watch case back is held in place by a number of small gold screws, beneath which is a Cartier quartz movement.  The watch has never been polished, and is presented in stunning condition throughout. The watch is quite rare in this configuration, and is true to the general approach to Cartier watchmaking where it is as much a stunning piece of jewellery which enables one to also tell the time.

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Item Dimensions
Case Height
0.283 inches (0.71882cm)
Case Width
1.058 inches (2.68732cm)