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A Day
Observed

A story presented by

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  stainless steel Jaeger LeCoultre Powerwind watch.  This handsome and quite rare piece was the first production watch to include a power reserve.  Launched by Jaeger LeCoultre in 1948, they produced over one hundred thousand pieces.  According to research into this model, nearly 75% of all Powerwind watches were exported to the US market for sale.  Therefore most have this "LeCoultre" branding.  There were a large number of dial variations, and case metals and sizes.  However, this "Explorer" style dial layout remains quite rare.

This watch is presented in superb, untouched condition.  The eggshell coloured dial with applied metal makers also has lume plots applied to the outer minute track with small plot surrounds.  Not many examples with luminous material applied to them, and this example also had lume applied to the hands from factory.  The hand set is set off perfectly with a classic blued steel center sweep hand.  This dial is signed "SWISS" just below the six o'clock lume plot marker.

The watch is named for the curved aperture just below the 12 o'clock position.  This indication disk displays from zero to forty hours, giving the wearer an understating of the approximate running time left in the movement.  Hours zero to ten are displayed in red, giving clear indication that there is little power left in the movement.

The movement inside this watch is the automatic, bumper wind caliber 481.  This was the direct descendent of the caliber 476, which was jaeger's first bumper wind movement developed.  It is a seventeen jewel 12 ligne movement, operating at eighteen thousnad beats per hour.  The movement is equipped with Parachoc shock protection, Glucydur balance and a flat hairspring.

This is a fine, and rare early example, with the case back serial number dating it circa early 1949.  With this watch being introduced in 1948, this marks one of the very first examples.  The screw back case is unpolished throughout, and with very few signs of wear.  A superb watch that is easy to dress up or down, and represents a great addition to a large or blossoming collection.  


Price $2,695.00

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Item Dimensions
Case Size
1.31 inches (3.3274cm)