Coveted Accessories up for Auction in Milan

Milan-based auction house Faraone Casa D’Aste will put 307 lots of Hard Luxury under the hammer, in three exciting sessions that will include Rolex, Patek Philippe, Bulgari, David Webb, Frascarolo, and the ever-present Hermès Kelly bags.

Faraone Casa d’Aste on Via Montenapoleone is preparing for its second and final annual in-person event, on November 27th at the Portrait Milano Hotel. Buyers can also participate via streaming app Myfaraone, by phone, or through written offers. A lineup of sought-after lots will be presented in three different sessions, with one in the morning dedicated to luxury goods and two in the afternoon featuring jewellery and watches.


Given the recent uptick in interest for luxury watches, not only from collectors and second-hand dealers but also from a new audience of millennials and Gen Z, increasingly active on web platforms, the highlights of this section will be Rolex and Patek Philippe, known in the market as ‘Safe Choices’ due to their high demand and consistently increasing value.

Rolex Daytona wristwatch

The watch lineup will be led by a Daytona Cosmograph Big Red 6263, the latest reference with a manual Valijoux 727 movement, argentè dial, stainless-steel case and oyster bracelet with screw-down pushers and an additional original stainless-steel bezel, allowing the owner to transform it into a model 6265. It comes with its box and papers and has been in the same owner’s hands since 1986.

Patek Philippe watch

Next are two Patek Philippe watches: an Ellipse ref: 3598, rare in this more oval shape with an 18 k yellow gold case and a crocodile strap with original gold pin buckle, featuring an ultra-thin 16250 movement, the thinnest ever made by the Swiss Maison, accompanied by its original case. Followed by a Golden Ellipse ref 3585 with a squarer shape 18 k yellow gold case.

Still under the Patek Philippe brand, a Gondolo ref 5009, like the previous ones in perfect condition, with the box and papers, featuring a yellow gold case, crocodile strap, and original pin buckle.

Vacheron Constantin Hispahan diamond watch

The watch selection continues with a rare Vacheron Constantin Malte Hispahan collection watch in 18 k yellow gold with a full diamond bracelet, accompanied by its original box and archive extract.

Webb gold and enamel necklace Webb diamond and enamel gold ring Webb gold and enamel ring


In the jewellery session, variety is the dominant theme to meet the constant demand of both private and non-private buyers. A selection of David Webb precious pieces from a private collection includes various yellow gold rings decorated with diamonds and enamels, as well as a sautoir.

Bulgari tubogas bracelet in gold with coins

Alongside, there are Bulgari lots, including a Tubogas bracelet from the Monete collection, dating back to the late ‘80s, featuring Gallia Massalia silver coins, a topaz Pyramid pendant with a chain, earrings from the Nuvola collection, various rings, and an open bangle in yellow gold and stainless-steel.

Platinum and diamond ring

In addition to branded jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Cartier, Pomellato, Sabbadini, and Faraone, there are niche pieces like an animal themed Parure Frascarolo in yellow gold, enamel, diamonds, including a sautoir, a convertible bracelet into a brooch or pendant, a lighter, and a lipstick case.

Gold ring with fancy coloured diamond

Notable items in the auction also include a 6.79 ct. Fancy Yellow emerald-cut diamond ring (GIA certified) and a 4.23 ct. oval-cut diamond ring.

Hermes Kelly Sellier 32 bag


In the morning session is the time for luxury goods, becoming increasingly popular, especially among environmentally conscious Millennials who are interested in the circular economy and are ready to invest in desirable items at a reduced cost that can be easily resold.

Hermes belt

Notable items in this session include two Hermès Kelly bags in gold, one being a vintage 32 Sellier and the other a 28 Epson Returnè, along with a Herbeg travel bag and various accessories from the Parisian Maison, such as a vintage crocodile belt, gloves, scarves, and bracelets, as well as a Guadalquivir breakfast set.

A Gucci Bamboo crocodile bag Louis Vuitton Capucines bag

Following these are two vintage crocodile Gucci Bamboo bags, one with a shoulder strap and the other without, a limited-edition Louis Vuitton Capucines bag that shades from white to blue, and several Chanel items, including a belt with a mini-pochette.

Cuvee Dom Perignon Millesime 1993

The closing lot of the auction, in the afternoon session, is a Cuvee Dom Pérignon Millesime Jeroboam (3L), numbered 393 and part of a limited series from 1993 created for the new millennium celebration. This vintage champagne was aged in the cellars of Eperney and delivered to the current owner in 2000 New Year’s Eve. It comes in a numbered wooden box with precious leather protection and a certificate of ownership.


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