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 chromium plated, two register, manually wound chronograph by Heuer.  When you look back at the history of the chronograph wrist watch, Heuer plays a very important role in its development and production.  The Swiss brand produced a large number of these two and three register chronographs during the middle of the twentieth century.  References such as the 2402, 2433, 333 sat along side their three register counterparts such as the 345, 2433 and 2437 to name but a few.  These were all the predecessors of the Carrera's, Autavia's and even Monaco's that really placed Heuer on the map for being one of the finest chronograph makers in the world.

This particular example is a very fine and rare watch.  The black dials are less common and more desirable than their silver dialed siblings.  This classic two button, two register layout is both easy to read, and easy to use.  As a result of this these models were very popular with the armed forces during World War Two.  Many of them found their way on to wrists of servicing officers, and there is no reason to believe that this also did not have such a back story.

The dial has two large sub-dials at the three and nine o’clock positions.  These dials have been given the moniker "big eye" chronographs for this reason.  The original blued steel hands are present, and the correct sub-dial hands are also still in place.  The dial itself is in superb original condition.  A gilt printed set of text and numbers sit onto this glossy black background.  This is also a luminous dial, and so has both luminous material in the frames of the hands, and also the Arabic numbers that sit around the dial layout.  The logo is the classic squashed Heuer logo in the frame that eventually gave way to the larger one that one can see through the 1960's and onwards.  There are some spots on the dial, but nothing that is distracting on the eye, the wear is commensurate with eighty years of age.

The watch is powered by the Valjoux 22 caliber, manually wound movement.  These watches from Heuer, as well as other Swiss watch makers making chronographs often opted for either Valjoux or Lemania movements.  They can be found in early Breitling's all the way up to watches like the Vacheron Constantin Cal. 434 and the Rolex chronograph ref. 2508.

Overall, the condition of this watch is very good.  The case remains unpolished, which is key for these plated cases.  The edges are very clean.  There is pitting to the underside of the lugs, but nothing that is visible when it is on the wrist.  There are two scratches to the left side of the smooth bezel.  Nothing too bad, but mentioned for transparency.  The original pillow shaped pushers are present, and the watch is working well having undergone a recent service.  If you are looking for a period, large size case vintage chronograph, it is hard to find a better looking more handsome example.  The beauty of watches like this, being vintage, is that they can look god when dressed up, as well as more casual.

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Item Dimensions
Case Width
1.417 inches (3.59918cm)