OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH
OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH
OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH
OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH
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OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH

CIRCA 1964

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OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH
CIRCA 1964
Movement: Manual
Dial: Golden
Case: 32 mm. wide
With: 18k gold and diamond-set bracelet, overall length approximately 160 mm.
Remark: Designed by Gilbert Albert

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Lot Essay

This stunningly attractive and brilliantly conceived bracelet watch is a highlight among Gilbert Albert’s oeuvre and is fully signed.

Made of solid, heavy, 18K gold and set with 19 round white diamonds, it has a truly sculptural quality which, like all great design, transcends mere passing fashions. Resolutely modern, it exemplifies the visionary and inventive collaboration between Omega and Gilbert Albert. This superb piece of 1960s craftsmanship is as contemporary and wearable today as it was over 50 years ago.

Gilbert Albert (1930-2019)
Gilbert Albert was born in Geneva in 1930. After studying Jewellery and Designing at Geneva's Ecole des Arts Industriels, he joined Patek Philippe as designer and head of the workshop. During the seven years with the celebrated manufacturer, he created the firm's most daring designs, most notably the asymmetrical models from the famous "Ricochet" series. Gilbert Albert took his inspiration from his passion for modern art, notably works by Brancusi and Mondrian, his daring and unconventional case designs are considered as cutting-edge today as they were 50 years ago.

His outstanding creations gained the prestigious 'Oscar' award at the Diamonds International Awards no less than ten times, three for Patek Philippe, two for Omega and five times under his own name. In 1962, he opened his own workshop in Geneva, specializing in the design and manufacture of unique jewels and objects. Gilbert Albert handles material in a supreme manner, shaping precious metal and mixing rare stones in an unconventional blend made of dreams, delicacy and magic.

Over the years, Albert's work has been exhibited around the world from London to Tokyo, Johannesburg to New York. In 1991, he was the first living artist since 1917 to be invited to show his creations in the Moscow Kremlin. Every year, Gilbert Albert launched new creations such as "Scarabées et Bijoux", "Les Bijoux de la Nature", "Météorites et Bijoux", "Les Joyaux de la Mer", "Les Porcelaines de la Nature", "Les Uniques", "Les Joyaux Coralliens", the shapes combined with the materials used paying tribute to his genius.

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