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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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A solid eighteen carat white and yellow gold Rolex "King Midas" manual wind wristwatch.  Love it or hate it, this watch is very difficult to ignore.  The quality of the make, and the richness in the design and construction speaks for itself.  The design may seem like a child of the 1970's.  However, the King Midas fist appeared in a Rolex catalog as early as 1962.  Given its very bold and daring design, especially when compared to every other model that Rolex was launching or running in their line at this time, the watch must have appeared to have come from another planet.

As it may seem given the lavish name, the watch is a very hefty study in gold work.  The fully integrated, and masterfully made bracelet melds seamlessly into the asymmetric case beautifully.  This, exceptionally rare version found in both yellow and white gold looks so eye catching on the wrist, it is hard to distinguish from gold bracelet, or wristwatch.

At the time, the watch was essentially out of reach for most watch buyers.  Coming in  at 50% more than the then most expensive watch in the Rolex collection, the Day-Date, the advertising was equally unabashed;

"Never before - a watch so daringly new, so outrageously different, so harmoniously classical.  Named after the legendary king with the golden touch, sculpted from a block of solid 18ct gold, the King Midas is a watch designed for the most discriminating people in the world.  Each watch is a wonderfully solid mass of gold, very, very heavy and ...very, very expensive."

It enjoyed celebrity status, with Elvis Presley being presented one on 1970.  The King for the King!  this example is from 1971, so just after Elvis was wearing his this entered into the market.  It was also on the wrist of the "Duke", John Wayne.  Two impossibly bold and iconic men of their time would think to wear nothing else.

This present example is in superb condition throughout, having been worn very little.  The bracelet is as tight as the day it was made.  On the underside is the unique, hand engraved number, with only one thousand having been made, this one is in the third quarter of its production.  The hand stamped model and reference numbers are opposite on the other side of the bracelet.  This was quite special fro Rolex, as only the 5100 Oyster Quartz was to be given a hand engraved issue number.

The dial itself is a sheet of white gold featuring an applied white gold Rolex coronet, and the Midas name spelled out in Greek script, with "Swiss" in the customary six o'clock position, very clean, and in perfect untouched condition.  Another interesting and unique feature to this watch is the hand engraving of King Midas into the side of the case either side of the unique saw blade crown.

The movement is an eighteen jewel, manual wind caliber 650, adjusted to five positions, also in superb condition, and working perfectly.  As touched upon earlier, the tapered integrated bracelet is a work of art, and is almost manacle like in its feel on the wrist.  The clasp is also unique to this watch with an unfolding mechanism from the center revels a solid eighteen carat white gold center piece, surrounded by two, more sturdy pieces of stainless steel, all original, and all signed. Once snapped into place a Rolex coronet covers the seem on both sides.

This bi-metal example is perhaps one of only a very very small handful made as none have seemingly appeared recently to market, or show up on internet searches. This exceptional watch is certainly not for everyone.  But, in the world of Rolex collecting surely its most expensive, and perhaps outlandish watch ever created deserves its place upon the throne of brand history.  


Price $21,750.00

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