A yellow gold, citrine and diamond "Clover Leaf" watch, from the "About Time" Collection, by Andrew Grima,
Lot 104
A yellow gold, citrine and diamond "Clover Leaf" watch, from the "About Time" Collection,
by Andrew Grima, 1971
Sold for £16,250 (US$ 26,316) inc. premium

Lot Details
A yellow gold, citrine and diamond "Clover Leaf" watch, from the "About Time" Collection, by Andrew Grima, 1971
The rhomb-shaped dial with citrine "glass", one edge with graduated brilliant and single-cut diamond detail, within a textured gold pendant, suspended from a chain of kite-shaped textured links, mounted in 18 carat gold, case signed Grima and with workshop mark HJCo, both case and chain with London hallmarks, length of pendant 6.3cm, length of chain drop 40.5cm, maker's pouch

Footnotes

  • "I was exhibiting in Philadelphia in October 1969 when Robert Forster the Director of Production for Omega watches called my office in London. He then telephoned me from Switzerland and because the matter was urgent I invited him to have dinner with me in Philadelphia. He flew over the next day and asked me whether I would design a prestige collection of watches which Omega would exhibit around the world. A month later I signed a contract which was to last seven exciting, eventful and travel packed years."
    (Quoted from Andrew Grima, Exhibition Catalogue: Grima Retrospective, Goldsmith's Hall, London, May 1991, page 88)

    The "About Time" Collection
    In 1969 Omega approached Andrew Grima to create a series of eighty-six pieces – fifty-five watches and thirty-one matching jewels – all based around an Omega movement. Andrew Grima hit upon the revolutionary concept of utilising precious and semi-precious gemstones in place of a watch glass, enabling the wearer to view time through stones.

    The "About Time" collection was launched in May 1970 at the Goldsmith's Hall in London and within days half the watches were sold out. The exhibition travelled internationally and as an individual watch sold it was replaced by a new design to ensure each piece was unique. Andrew Grima himself described the "About Time" collection as "one of the greatest challenges of my career".
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