Artcurial organizes auctions in Monaco of fine jewelry and watches for men and women

It’s summer in Monaco, a season when daily life really heats up for residents and visitors to this famous principality that has earned its reputation as a luxury hub. It is also a period when the Parisian auction house, Artcurial, organizes a week of auctions. These sales include offerings of jewelry and watches, all taking place at the Hôtel Hermitage.


A sale of fine jewelry and precious stones will be held over a three-day period from July 18 to 20. The first item among the 760 lots on offer is a 17.5-carat D-color emerald-cut diamond with an estimate of $1 million $1.5 million.

Another significant gem offered is an intense yellow fancy diamond of 12.39 carats mounted on a band between two triangular diamonds weighing 1.36 and 1.35 carats. His estimate is $300,000 to $350,000.

The sale also includes period jewelry and signed pieces representing over a century of jewelry making, weighted by an impressive array of French Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry.

Among the most significant lots are three matching emerald and diamond jewels from mid-20th-century Parisian jeweler Guillemin & Soulaine. The top lot in this group is an emerald, diamond, platinum and 18k yellow gold bracelet with an estimate of $180,000 to $250,000.

Another Guillemin & Soulaine piece is a sapphire, diamond, platinum, and 18-karat white gold necklace, circa 1970. Its estimate is $80,000 to $120,000.

A third important piece is a finely drawn Art Nouveau brooch-pendant attributed to Georges Fouquet, circa 1898, inspired by a famous drawing by Alphonse Mucha depicting the legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt as Mélissande in the play La Princesse loin d’ Edmond Rostand. His estimate is $22,000 to $25,000.

Other notable period jewelry includes:

  • An Art Nouveau choker in enamel, pearls and diamonds estimated between $25,000 and $35,000;
  • A butterfly brooch, set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls, late 19th century, with an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000;
  • A diamond bracelet, circa 1930, with an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000;
  • A René Boivin “Leaf Persanne” brooch, circa 1935-1937, estimated between $6,000 and $8,000; and
  • A Boucheron diamond clip, circa 1930, with an estimate of $4,500-$5,500.

As with most major jewelry auctions, the sale will include pieces from prestigious jewelry houses, such as Cartier, Van Cleef, Bulgari, Chaumet, Boucheron, Buccelatti and Boivin.

Fine watches for men

On July 18, Artcurial is organizing a sale of fine men’s watchmaking. The top lot of the 100 on offer is a Richard Mille RM003 Tourbillon Dual Time Zone wristwatch in white gold, purchased in 2002 and valued between $450,000 and $650,000.

No watch auction is complete without important Rolex and Patek Philippe pieces and this auction features many. The top lots among these highly sought-after watch brands are a platinum Rolex Daytona Automatic Chronograph (Ref. 116506) with a diamond-covered dial. It features a platinum Oyster bracelet with folding clasp. His estimate is $200.00 – $300,000. The other is a Patek Philippe Nautilus (Ref. 5740/IG-001) automatic perpetual calendar moon phase wristwatch in 18k white gold with date, white gold bracelet with folding clasp. His estimate is $200,000 to $400,000.

Other notable offerings include an Audemars Piguet yellow gold watch (ref. 5513) sold to Cartier Paris in May 1960 with an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000; and a yellow gold Gérald Genta watch by Henri Verneuil with perpetual calendar and minute repeater, circa 1990, estimated between $30,000 and $50,000;

In addition, there is an antique Mido watch in 18k yellow gold with manual movement. It is one of the first motorist’s watches produced by the Swiss watchmaker for the Bugatti car brand. Produced between 1925 and 1926, its estimate is $15,000 – $20,000. The golden buckle and the dial are shaped like a Bugatti grille. It was gifted by Bugatti to Robert Grosse, a prominent racing driver of the 1920s. The watch has remained in Robert Grosse’s family for a century and is gifted by his direct descendants.

A hand-wound 18k yellow gold and enamel Longines pocket watch with an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. The blue and green enamel dial is inscribed with a prayer for the Prophet Muhammad. It was invoiced in 1912 to Kramer, Longines sole agent in Egypt and supplier to the last Khedive (Ottoman viceroy) of Egypt and Sudan, Abbas II of Egypt.

The sparkling collection

A rare moment at auction, Artcurial will host two watch sales dedicated to women’s watches.

On July 17, a sale called “The Sparkling Collection” is a sole proprietor auction of 77 lots. The sale is led by a group of 15 Piaget timepieces, many of which are iconic colorful hardstone dial watches from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Highlights include a malachite and yellow gold cuff watch, circa 1970, offered with a matching ring, sautoir and dangling earrings with an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. Only eight sets of the same design were produced by the Swiss luxury brand between 1970 and 1976.

Other Piaget highlights include a coral and yellow gold cuff watch, circa 1970, one of only 15 with ornamental hardstone dials created between 1969 and 1971 with an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 ; and a yellow gold, sapphire and lapis lazuli cuff watch, circa 1968, estimated between $60,000 and $80,000.

Another standout piece in the collection is an Art Deco Cartier diamond and onyx watch, circa 1925, with an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000; and a 1972 Boucheron diamond and yellow gold watch estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.

time is feminine

The second women’s watch auction is titled “Time Is Feminine” and will be held on July 19. It presents a selection of vintage and modern watches. including the Nautilus and Aquanaut models by Patek Philippe. Among the highlights:

  • A Patek Philippe set of diamonds, onyx and coral, circa 1970s, consisting of a watch, necklace and bracelet (est. $60,000-$100,000).
  • A 1964 Omega “secret watch” in yellow gold, sapphires and emeralds (est. $15,000-$20,000); and
  • A 1958 yellow gold Duoplan watch by Jaeger Lecoultre (est. $5,000-$7,000);

Artcurial’s “Monaco Auction Week” will take place from July 15 to 22 and will also include sales of important sculptures, luxury handbags and a selection of comic books by 20e artist of the century Enki Bilal.

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