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 Heuer manual wind rally timer set retailed by Abercrombie & Fitch.   This is a very rare stop watch and clock on its original bracket.  Most will be very aware of Heuer, or TAG Heuer as they are known today, as industry giants in the world of watch making.  However, they were also very active in the world of sport's timing.  Numerous handheld stop watches were made for boxing, rowing, yachting, even chess by Heuer.  Not to mention John Glen wore a Heuer stopwatch on the wrist of his space suit in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the earth. 

It is perhaps in motor sport timing that they are best known.  For both wrist and on-board timers. Heuer introduced its first dashboard timer as early 1933. The Autavia–named for “automotives” and “aviation,” which were the two main fields these timers were being deployed, at the time.  It was a dual-register chronograph, with hours recorded on the lower of the two registers, minutes on the top, and seconds by the center hand.

The first Autavia chronograph used a Valjoux 59 movement. Over time, Heuer phased out the Valjoux 59, replacing it with a Valjoux 340 for later versions of the Autavia. The newer version has its pusher to the right of the crown, while the older model has a left-side pusher.

Heuer produced the Autavia dashboard timer from 1933 until 1958, when it was replaced by with the Monte Carlo. This was, of course, not the end of the Autavia for Heuer.  Four years later it would be launched as the wrist chronograph that is still making waves today.  It is also worth noting that a number of design cues were taken from the design of these early dash timers for the wristwatch.  With good reason.  They are exceptionally handsome!

Alongside the 1933 Autavia, Heuer released a pair of timers called the “Hervue” pair. This pair of timers included a time-of-day clock called the "Hervue Junior" mounted on the same backplate as a 12-hour Autavia timer.

In and amongst the Autavia changes in the 1950's, in 1958, the Hervue was also renamed the "Master Time", so this now sat alongside the newly cornwed Monte Carlo.  This is exactly what we have here; the Master Time clock, paired with the Monte Carlo timer.  The Monte Carlo one is an early example with 'Patent Applied FOR' on the dial, its unusual “Decimal” outer track showing 1/100th of a second and the jump window just above the six o'clock position.  The Master Time is also an early example.  It has the thicker center sweep hand, and is powered by the Revue Thommen 63 movement; double-barrel with hack feature.

As can be seen on the dials of both the Master Time and the Monte Carlo they are dual signed for American retail company; Abercrombie & Fitch.  What is also interesting with the MC is that the Heuer name in shield logo, rather than being moved down, or at the base of the dial, is actually replaced by the A&F signature.  Such was the relationship with Abercrombie.  Both pieces are in excellent condition. They are late 1950's in production.  So, early examples for each of the models.  The dials are in excellent condtion overall.  Totally original and untouched.  The radium luminous material has aged to a stunning rich, milky coffee colour.  They are both screwed into an original Heuer double bracket. 

This pair actually came from a small aircraft pilot and comes on a larger bracket that sat in his cockpit, along with an altimeter.  It is not Heuer, but will accompany the timer and clock on purchase.   A very rare opportunity to purchase a dual signed pair of timers.  Many of these are now, finally, being appreciated by vintage car and watch collectors and finding themselves back in period correct cars.  We cannot think of a better home for this special and rare set. 

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Item Dimensions
Bracket Height
3 inches (7.62cm)
Bracket Width
5 inches (12.7cm)