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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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An Hermès sterling silver bracelet with Jaeger LeCoultre watch incorporated into the center link.  This beautifully made sterling bracelet has the design influence taken from nautical anchor chain links, with rope like detail connecting each one.  The quality is as one comes to expect from Hermès jewellery from this period.  The bracelet is thick and fairly heavy, but by no means cumbersome or uncomfortable.  The links are all softly rounded off and sit on the wrist beautifully.  The hinged clasp is masterfully worked into one of the smaller rope connecting links and simply lifts open from its catch by the use of a finger nail.

The collaboration of the luxury ateliers of Hermès and Jaeger LeCoultre dates back to the early part of the 20th Century to when Hermès was expanding its luxury assortments into clocks for the home, and co-branding existing watch models made by LeCoultre.  However, all of this was in very limited numbers, and very few pieces exist today.  The same can be said of this piece.  Searches have uncovered only two others of the same design.  Originally made toward the end of the 1960's, this link also appears simply as a bracelet in the Hermès jewellery line from the same time.  This is also fun because, if so desired, due to the nature of the craftsmanship of both this watch, and the bracelet, they could be joined together to make a double wrap, or either stacked or worn on opposing wrists. The options are bountiful! 

The watch itself is powered by the in-house made Jaeger LeCoultre caliber 840 mechanically wound movement.  This movement was used widely used among both Jaeger, and contracted in for use by a number of luxury watch and jewellery brands such as Asprey, Cartier and Hermès to help bring their own creations life.  The development of complicated and quality watch movements was incredibly time consuming and costly, at this time, and so this practice of working with haute horology specialists to provide calibers was common.

The condition overall is excellent.  The watch dial is original and not re-finished.  It is signed "SWISS" below the six o'clock position, and with its original Hermès signature below the twelve o'clock position.  The dial has stylish Breguet style Arabic numerals applied in black paint, with matching Breguet style black painted hands.  The back of the watch, along with a number of the links, have the French assay poinçon of the crab, for sterling silver.  The case back of the watch has the unique watch reference number stamped into it, again the crab, along with the makers mark of "EJ" for Edmond Jaeger which further backs up the collaboration between these two great houses.  The original winding crown also features the"JL" logo.

This is a very rare chance to own a piece of history between perhaps two of the best known and most respected brands in their independent fields.  Not only is this a beautiful bracelet, it is also an amazing watch.  If the need to see the time is not of the utmost importance, this can simply be moved to the  inside of the wrist, and only looked at when necessary.  Plus the option to pair this with the matching bracelet is compelling.

The condition throughout is excellent.  The watch is working well and keeping good time.  There is slight wear to the bracelet, but, as with sterling bracelets, this only tends to lend to the charm and character of the piece.  There is a patina to the silver, and it has been left only lightly hand polished with a cloth.  If the need to have it brought to a "new" appearance is desired it can be arranged, but not recommended!  Made in France and Switzerland Circa late 1960's.


Price $6,700.00

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Item Dimensions
Bracelet Length
8 inches (20.32cm)
Watch Link Width
1 inches (2.54cm)