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If you are looking to make the leaves look old then i think they need to be darker. I think the lighting should focus on the watch and the leaves a darker point. Brightness makes things look more "alive" if you will. So the leaves, although dead, look very much alive to me. Here's an example of what i mean. These leaves look very much dead because of the ...
Your metaphor is okay but here are a few observations. Pictorially, in our culture, time flows from left to right in the same direction as we read. Similarly, it flows from the background into the foreground. Upper-left is "older" than lower-right. Using such cultural cues, you can show time flowing or ebbing to suit the story. Mixing new with old breaks ...
Possible signs of age: Patina, rust, dust, spider webs, brushed off paint on edges, scratches... Making the photograph black and white, sepia toned and with shallow depth of field mimicking old large format cameras might also help adding some impression of age.
In my opinion the composition is "too posed" It is set on an environment where you would not see a watch and you would not see a plant. Think on how a real night table would be, how some real flower arrangement would be, and how it would decay. Then imagine you find that, which was already worth of photographing, but now you have a nice composition that ...
How about adding a substantial amount of dust to the face of the watch? This would be similar to making it out of focus to help deemphasize it as the subject (a product photo wouldn't be dirty), but also makes the watch look older, and show it has participating in the passage of time.
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