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 fourteen carat yellow gold, screw back automatic dress watch made by Movado for Tiffany & Company. This is a beautiful watch with an even more beautiful personal engraving on the back. There are many vintage watches that pass through our hands with messages engraved into their case back's. Many of which are simple; "To Jack Mum & Dad". Every now and then there is a very touching and loving example. This very much sits in that category. Hand engraved into the back it reads; "To My Pilar Of Strength May 7, 1960". Beautiful sentiment indeed.

Aside from this touching personalisation, this is a gorgeous example of post World War Two dress watch design. The dial is very classic Movado. Movado should not be compared or even thought of in the same category as the company that exists today.  At this time, and long before, they were making some, not only great designs, but also some of the most complicated watches on the market.

The watch is powered by an automatic caliber  A Schild 1580, called “Maximatic” which debuted 1958. It had a self-winding mechanism, which was partially integrated and wound in both directions. The “Maximatic” caliber was used in at least three families until it was surpassed by the series 1716. These three families were the 1580-series, the 1680-series and the 1700 series. The 1581 caliber simply saw the addition of the date complication. This movement was utilized by a number of smaller Swiss watch companies such as Enicar and Bucherer.

Not only is the rotor signed Tiffany, but there is also a quite unusual Tiffany import mark stamped into the movement "TZY" showing original importation into the United States. This also confirms the originality of the Tiffany signature, often faked or added at a later date. Certainly an appealing detail to the watch; the retail signature of Tiffany & Co.

Movado had a long lasting relationship with the luxury American jewellery company that dated back to the early part of the twentieth century. It ranged across the board from making clocks, watches and jewellery with time pieces set into them. As the years passed this grew to more affordably priced and daily wearing watches such as this. This is a Tiffany case back stamped case, but the dial maker and case maker would have been Movado since they are very classic design cues seen throughout their range of watches at the time.

The case is in excellent overall condition showing no signs of polishing over the years. The fine guiding lines from the engraving can still be seen on the case-back meaning it was not even worn excessively!  The crown does feature an "M" logo. However, it is not the classic Movado logo, so it is possible that this has been replaced at some point. The original dial is in superb condition with a pie-pan style slope to the outer edge with the beaded minute markers running along it. The gold Arabic numbers and arrow head hour markers are raised off of the glossy eggshell coloured dial. The printing to the Tiffany & Co. and Automatic stamp is clear and perfect as is the Swiss signature at the foot of the dial.

A watch that is easy to dress up and down, and is so simple in design it leaves nothing to not like about it. Add to it the addition of the Tiffany retail signature and you have the cherry on the cake of a classic 1960's timepiece

Price $2,900.00


Item Dimensions
Case Size
1.34 inches (3.4036cm)