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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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A stainless steel and eighteen carat gold Tudor Oyster Prince Date Day model.  This is the Tudor version of arguably the game changing model for Rolex; "Day Date".  The "President", as it was fondly known as, was first introduced into the Rolex line up under the reference 6511 in 1956 and remains very much a staple in the Rolex offering today. This Tudor takes up the mantle of the Tudor brand that brought to the market Rolex quality and designed watches, in a more affordable overall package.  

The Rolex equivalent to this watch was only ever available in precious metal, and was fitted with various Rolex, in house movements.  This Tudor version was only available in stainless steel, and is fitted with an ETA caliber 2834-1, Swiss made, automatic movement.  The bonus with this movement is that it is a "Double Quick" set movement.  This means that via pulling the crown out one step both the day of the week and the date can be quickly set.  This was not to be introduced to a Rolex Day Date model until the early 1990's!

Like the Rolex iteration, this case is the 36mm version of the watch.  Tudor also offered this watch at a larger 39mm, a giant compared to that of the Rolex's 36mm version.  This is why the watch has been given the moniker; 'Jumbo'!  

The watch has a Rolex made case, which is signed on the back.  The crown is a twin lock, water proof screw down with underlined Rolex coronet that is found on Rolex Oyster models.  This is a much more rare example of dial on this watch.  It has a matte black dial, with gilt printing, with classic Rolex style stick markers and classic Rolex style baton hands.  The dial also features the Tudor applied shield logo that replaced the Rose logo in 1969.  

The case is in excellent overall condition, with light wear, showing signs of a light polish.  The dial is in excellent, original un-touched condition with the matte black finish and gilt printing really combining beautifully.  All the lume plots are in place and in good condition and have toned in to a light laté colour.  The watch comes on the original stainless steel and gold plated more flat link Jubilee style bracelet.  The deployment interior is Rolex signed, with the correct Tudor Shield logo on the exterior of the delpoyant.  The 94613 reference is clearly engraved between the lugs , the serial number is also clear and present between the other set of lugs and is a 180XXX range, which dates to 1986.  A great example in superb condition of a watch that is starting to gain the appreciation it deserves.


Price $2,875.00

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Item Dimensions
Case Size
1.53543 inches (3.8999922cm)