Carine Claude
1st November 2023

In November, luxury weeks are in full swing at auction houses worldwide. In Geneva, Sotheby’s is organising six sales, notably "Vienna 1900: an imperial and royal collection" on 6 and 7 November with pieces from several European royal houses, all tied to the Austrian Habsburg dynasty. On 8 November, the “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels” sale gathers ancient and contemporary pieces signed by Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari, as well as rare historical jewels from the Savoy dynasty and the Maharaja of Nepal. These prestigious auctions are supplemented by watch sales on 5 November, bags and accessories sales on 9 November, and jewellery sales on 14 November.

At Christie’s, luxury week in Geneva highlights watches and kicks off with the tenth edition of the charitable sale “Only Watch” on 5 November, followed the next day by "Rare Watches". Also on 6 November, "Passion for Time: An Important Private Collection of Watches and Timepieces" features as the centrepiece of this private collection from the Sultanate of Oman the Rolex GMT Master worn by Marlon Brando during the filming of Apocalypse Now, estimated between one and two million Swiss Francs. On 7 November, “Magnificent Jewels” will showcase the famous Royal Blue diamond, an impressive diamond of 17.61 carats of vivid blue colour, the largest of this type ever auctioned.

Moreover, 2023 marks a turning point for luxury sales in Geneva. Phillips house is organising its very first annual auction this year, bolstered by its good results in the jewellery sector in 2022 (+185%). The three inaugural auctions on 6 November, in partnership with Understanding Jewellery, will present rare Art Deco pieces from a large private collection. The competition promises to be fierce.