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A Day
Observed

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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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This Rolex Submariner 1680, with original punched Rolex Warranty paper work, is a stunning find.  This watch could be considered the most iconic, and certainly the most recognizable watch in the Rolex stable.  Since its inception into the Rolex line up in 1953 this watch has been worn and loved by deep sea divers, military, movie stars and today's watch collectors.  This version marked the second major change to the introduction of the Rolex Submariner with date function.  The first model launched in 1967 and is most easily distinguished by the type "Submariner" on the dial printed in red.  The model shown above, the second real change, sees the red print disappear in favor of an all white printed dial introduced in  1976-77. This example has the Mark I dial with closed 6's in the depth rating, and the 'L' in Rolex perfectly centered under the coronet.   The model was soon upgraded to the 16800,  which saw the introduction of a sapphire crystal leaving this model with a fairly short production run of between 1976/7-1979; however, some later serial numbers do show up.  Such is the Rolex way!  The dial and  perfectly matched hands are in excellent condition with no flaws and a pleasing, very light, ivory patina to the lume.  The case condition is also very good with no major wear, having been very lightly polished over the years, but the case lines remain very sharp and thick.  The correct fat font bezel insert is in tact and starting to show a beautiful dark charcoal fade, with no scratches of pit marks.  The watch is fitted with  an earlier, post 1973, folded link Rolex Submariner Patented diver extension bracelet with flip lock.  A 9315 model, with 380 end pieces.  The bracelet's excellent condition also adds to the value of this watch, as these bracelets fit the mid '70's Red and Double Red models, as well as being made through to the late 1970's.  The case is fully stamped inside and out with the model number 1680 on the case back, and between the lugs.  The serial number of the watch is a 5.6 million dating it to mid 1978.  The punched paper work matches, and has the original 1680 Rolex case back sticker attached to it. The correct green plastic Submariner hang tag accompanies the set.  The watch is powered by the Rolex automatic 1570 movement in excellent condition and keeping perfect time.  A rare chance to own a complete and very clean iconic and collectible time piece.

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