AUTANT EN EMPORTE LE TEMPS Textes inédits de Florence d'Autils / Compositions Originals de A. Barlier.
(Chaumont: Foucher 1948. A lovely and unusual color-printed promotional brochure combining the beauties of Omega watches and dress designs by Pierre Balmain, Jacques Fath, Lucien Lelong and Robert Piguet. The theme of the text accompanying the illustrations is that "une femme séduisante" is not created by her dress, alone, but by her combination of accessories (in this case, notably, watches) and dresses. Beautiful gowns and watches are therefore displayed together in 8 dramatically colored plates, where the watches are shown over scaled relative to the models in gowns and arranged rather emblematically in the compositions, some of which have a nearly surrealist background. One full-page color illustration displays three more sporty watches by themselves without dressed models. There are quotations from poets and additional small color printed illustrations of specific watch models. On the verso of the title page appears a note that this is ex. no. 296 and is distributed with the compliments of Foucher, maitre-horloger in Chaumont. Another copy at the Bibliothèque Nationale is catalogued with an imprint of Brandt, Paris, so we imagine that Omega distributed copies to various watch sellers for them to offer to their clients. A lovely item full of post war color. "A woman without watch, a ship without a compass" Staple bound, 24 x 18 cm., 21 + (iii) pp. with 9 pages printed in colors and with partial color on most other pages.
Original heavy card stock covers, embossed, with full color pictorial inset on upper cover; decorative ribbon at gutters and spine; some very light browning lines on covers, else fine.
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