Montre de Marcel Proust
Vers 1905, Or et argent
Provenance : Céleste Albaret, gouvernante de l'écrivain
Collection Patrick Poivre d'Arvor
Dating from 1905, this watch belonged to the writer before passing into the hands of Céleste Albaret, his governess and confidante from 1913 to 1922. Céleste Albaret (1891-1984) and her husband Odilon Albaret (1881-1960) played an important role in Marcel Proust's personal life.
Odilon Albaret was a mechanic-driver employed by the car taximeter company Unic, run by Marcel Proust's childhood friend Jacques Bizet, and present in Cabourg, Paris and Monaco. Marcel Proust called on Odilon to travel to Normandy from Cabourg, where he stayed from 1907.
It was in 1913 that Odilon introduced his wife, Céleste Albaret, to the writer. Céleste was at the writer's service and made herself indispensable to him, serving as his housekeeper and secretary and helping him with the writing of ""À la recherche du temps perdu"".
Subsequently, in 1924, Céleste and Odilon Albaret bought a hotel on rue des Canettes in Paris. Then, after the death of her husband, Céleste took charge of Maurice Ravel's house in Montfort-l'Amaury.