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 eighteen carat yellow gold, manually wound, Patek Philippe Calatrava.  Perhaps one of the most iconic of all dress, time only wrist watches ever made is the Patek Philippe Calatrava.  This model has been a mainstay in the Patek collection for nearly a century.  With the backdrop of the Great  Depression, in 1932, change was afoot when Genevan brothers Jean and Charles Henri Stern invested in Patek, Philippe & Cie (as the company was formerly known). In that very same year, as the dust began to settle, the Calatrava: Ref. 96 launched. It was a timepiece so revered that its legacy is still part of the Patek Philippe collection today.

The inaugural Calatrava was produced for over forty years. A legacy that is rarely found in watch collections from major producers, and highlighted its importance to the company.  It was to lay the foundation for many important renditions that followed. There is room in a book to detail these in the attention they deserve, but we will stick with this, the Calatrava Ref. 3919 here.

The legendary Ref. 3919 first came to market in 1985 and debuted in three shades of gold: this the yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold. It was the iconic “Clous de Paris” bezel.  It was not new to Patek Philippe in 1985, but most certainly associated with the Ref. 3919 thereafter, which truly made this timepiece special and cemented the essence of Patek Philippe style. The intricate guilloche work brings depth to the bezel’s otherwise plain surface to create something very simple, but utterly timeless.

The Ref. 3919 is powered by a manual-wound Calibre 215 PS, with a subsidiary seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock, white dial with black lacquered Roman numerals and straight lugs.  It operates at around 28,800 beats per hour, with the Calibre 215 PS supplying around 44 hours of power reserve.  The case remains very strong, most likely unpolished with all the hallmarks on the lugs crips and untouched.

Overall the watch is in superb condition throughout.  The original band has been changed for this calf leather band, and can be changed for any leather colour, if desired.  The original Patek eighteen carat gold buckle is present and fitted to this band. 

If you are looking for a classy, simple and elegant time only watch, this reference is hard to top. The model was produced for over twenty years, and became a "must-have" timepiece from the brand within the '80s and '90s.  Now discontinued, it remains high on the wish list of all watch collectors’ across the globe.  In fact, the 3919 was a staple of Thierry Stern’s, the Patek Philippe President, watch collection, and he speaks of the timepiece as “iconic watch” of his generation.  Not a bad recommendation to have for any watch....!

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Item Dimensions
Case Width
1.32 inches (3.3528cm)