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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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An automatic, stainless steel Movado Tempo-Matic Sub Sea retailed by Tiffany & Co.  This very handsome and classic 'time only' screw back cased watch was a combination of two of the most classic wrist watches made by Movado post World War Two; the 'Sub Sea' watches was the branding used for a range of water-resistant type models.  This can be seen here by the screw down stainless steel case back that helps to increase water resistance.  The Tempomatic was used to describe Movado's automatic movement powered watches.

The all original dial on the watch is a beautiful and simple silver finish, black printing with applied stick markers, with double width markers on the quarter and half markers for easy reading.  The hands are a long fine pencil style.  At the base of the dial it is marked "Switzerland T". This indicates not only that the watch was made in Switzerland, but also that it features Tritium luminous material.  The luminous material is used on both the hands and above the hour markers.  They are all present and respond uniformly to ultra violet light and the colour has turned into a handsome light cream.  The dial overall is in superb condition.

The watch is powered by an automatic caliber 600 movement which was an adoptation from the Eta caliber 2471 êbauche used by Movado from 1960 all the way though to 1969.  The rotor has the iconic M logo at its center and is all brass finished.  This seventeen jewel movement beats at eighteen thousand BPH and includes the Incablock shock absorber. The movement also has the Movado import mark stamped into the movement "MXI" showing original importation into the United States.  This can be confirmed by the other 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.  However, coming across original examples like this still remains rare.  The case is in good overall condition showing light polishing over the years, and the case back has a few scratches from where tools have slipped while opening.  However, nothing overly detrimental.  The crown is plain, and does not feature the Movado logo, so it is possible that this has been replaced at some point.

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 $1,950.00

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Item Dimensions
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1.34 inches (3.4036cm)