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OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET CONCEALED PENDANT WATCH WITH ASSOCIATED GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE
OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET CONCEALED PENDANT WATCH WITH ASSOCIATED GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE
OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET CONCEALED PENDANT WATCH WITH ASSOCIATED GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE
OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET CONCEALED PENDANT WATCH WITH ASSOCIATED GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE
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OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET CONCEALED PENDANT WATCH WITH ASSOCIATED GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE

CIRCA 1964

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OMEGA. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET CONCEALED PENDANT WATCH WITH ASSOCIATED GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET NECKLACE
CIRCA 1964
Movement: Manual
Dial: Golden
Case: 27 x 78 mm. (W x L of the pendant)
With: Gold and diamond-set necklace
Remark: Designed by Gilbert Albert
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Please note that the CIRCA for this present lot is 1964.

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This exquisite creation is one of the finest pieces by Gilbert Albert for Omega to be offered at auction in many years. It echoes perhaps Albert’s best known necklace watch, the famous ‘Moldavita’ of 1964.

The naturalistic organic form of the pendant is classic Gilbert Albert and is set with asymmetrically placed groups of round diamonds and three pear-shaped diamonds suspended so that they move freely to catch the light.

The detachable Gilbert Albert chain is a particular rarity and is made en suite to the pendant, each gold link is of different organic form and set with either a single, double or triple round diamond which enhances the overall effect of pleasing asymmetry.

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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