Luxury Calendar: The New and Not-to-Be Missed in November

It’s often said that the moneyed elites move around the globe together, like a flock of birds. While that may be an over-statement, it is true that every month there are can’t-miss sporting events, auctions, shows, performances and premieres that the wealthy and those in their ecosystem plan their calendars around.

If you thought that November might be somewhat sleepy, you thought wrong. Around the globe, here’s some of what the luxury crowd will be doing this month:

Luxury Auto Shows. Whether in Brazil, Italy or the West Coast, automotive enthusiasts have lots of options:

–Sao Paulo International Motor Show – Nov 10-20

–Seattle International Auto Show – Nov 10-13

–LA Auto Show – Nov 18-27; twenty world debuts are expected, including Alfa Romeo’s first SUV, the Stelvio

–San Francisco International Auto Show – Nov 19-27

–The Milano AutoClassica Winter Edition – November 25-27; Sotheby’s is hosting an auction of luxury cars in Milan that weekend, as well

Ideal Travel Destinations + New Luxury Hotel Openings. Whether your motive is early holiday shopping or a desire to avoid the crowds, luxury travel agents say that November is a great time to travel, even last-minute (especially as tropical and desert locations cool off):

This Month, Luxury Travel Agents Recommend:

–Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico

–The Middle East: Doha, Dubai or Oman

–India: Jaipur, Agra and Goa

–Angkor Wat in Cambodia

–Northern Lights viewing in Iceland or Scandinavia

Notable Luxury Resort and Hotel Openings in November:

–Milaidhoo Island, a 5-star boutique hotel in the Maldives

–Six Senses Zil Payson in the Seychelles

–Hotel Royal Savoy on Lake Geneva in Lausanne, reopening after 7 years

–Helena Bay in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand

Fine Jewelry and Watch Auctions and Shows. The large auction houses are focused on fine jewelry and watches – Geneva is the place to be mid-month (bring your checkbook):

–The NY Art, Antique and Jewelry Show is at Pier 94 – Nov 9-13

–Christie’s rare watch auction in Geneva will include ten of Patek Philippe’s Nautilus 40s (in celebration of the watch’s 40th anniversary); normally there’s a 5-year waiting list – Nov 14

–Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction, also in Geneva, will feature a pair of diamond earrings by Boehmer et Bassenge known as the “Mirror of Love;” pre-sale estimate is $20-30 million – Nov 15

–Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva will feature the 8.01-carat Cartier Sky Blue Diamond; pre-sale estimate is $15-25 million – Nov 16

Yacht Racing and a Yacht Show. Boat show season sails on, joined by a premier yacht race:

–The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in the world – Nov 3-7

–The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series yacht race comes to Asia for the first time; Fukuoka, Japan hosts – Nov 18

Fashion and Beauty. It’s the start of cruise season, and there are new scents in the air:

–Designer resort collections hit the stores – now

–New fragrance launches include Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid Lumiere and Vilhelm Parfumerie’s Dirty Velvet; French jeweler Mauboussin debuts Aequalis

Food and Wine. New restaurants in London and New York open their doors:

–Empellon, on Madison Avenue in New York’s midtown, will be the new flagship of chef Alex Shupak’s four-restaurant Mexican empire – Nov 1

–London Shell Co is opening a seasonal seafood restaurant on the Prince Regent Canal Boat at Shelden Square – Nov 3

–Perilla, opening in London’s Newington Green, has a changing seasonal menu – Nov 8

–Aquavit London will feature Nordic cuisine in St. James Market – Nov 19

Health and Fitness. There are inspiring examples of commitment to personal health:

–November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – you may see some rich and powerful men sporting mustaches in support

–The New York City Marathon hits all five boroughs – Nov 6

Sports. A possible dramatic end to baseball’s World Series, auto racing, thoroughbred racing, tennis, ancient college football rivalries – it’s all going down this month:

–The Melbourne Cup – thoroughbred horse racing – Nov 1

–Possible World Series Game 7 between the Cubs and the Indians – Nov 2

–The Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paolo – Nov 13

–The ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London – Nov 13-20

–Several of college football’s classic rivalries:

  • Harvard-Yale and Stanford-California – Nov 19
  • Michigan-Ohio State; Alabama-Auburn; and Notre Dame-USC – Nov 26

–Formula 1 final race of the season – the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Yas Marina – Nov 25-27

–Tennis’s Davis Cup Finals – Nov 25 -27

Culture. It’s serious season in the culture world:

Film releases. Several highly-anticipated, critically-acclaimed films debut this month:

–Loving – Nov 4

–Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Nov 11

–Manchester by the Sea and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Nov 18

Broadway show openings. If you love musicals, you’re in luck:

–Kristen Chenoweth at the Lunt-Fontane – Nov 2-13

–Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, starring Josh Groban – Nov 14

New book releases. Novels, short stories, Civil War histories, and poetry await:

–Float – Anne Carson – Oct 25 (OK, it’s not a Nov release, but it’s really good!)

–The Whistler – John Grisham – Nov 1

–Virgin and Other Stories – April Ayers Lawson – Nov 1

–A Nation Without Borders – Steven Hahn – Nov 1

–Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments that Redeemed America – Douglas Egerton – Nov 1

–Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York – Joy Santlofer – Nov 1

–Swing Time – Zadie Smith – Nov 15

–Moonglow – Michael Chabon – Nov 22

Performing Arts: The dance, orchestra, and opera seasons are in full swing, along with the start of some holiday favorites in New York:

–The White Light Festival of dance and music, curated by Mark Morris, continues at Lincoln Center until Nov 16

–Kathleen Battle returns to the Metropolitan Opera after 22 years – Nov 13

–Notes from the Field — Anna Deavere Smith’s new solo work on education, inequality and criminal justice is in previews at the Second Stage theater

–The Radio City Christmas Spectacular kicks off – Nov 11

–George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker lights up at the NYC Ballet – Nov 25

–Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s opening night gala will have a live gospel choir performing during the iconic “Revelations” – Nov 30

Visual Arts:

–Creature at The Broad in LA explores figuration and selfhood – opens Nov 5

–Circa 1970 at the Studio Museum in Harlem highlights works from the decade from the museum’s collection; Romare Bearden is among the featured artists – Nov 17

–Francis Picabia: Our Heads are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction – MOMA stages the first US exhibition of the artist’s entire career – opens Nov 21

–The Agnes Martin retrospective continues at the Guggenheim in New York

–Kerry James Marshall – Mastry – just opened at the Met Breur in New York

–The Wifredo Lam exhibition continues at the Tate Modern in London

–Bouchardon: A Sublime Idea of Beauty sculpture exhibit continues at the Louvre

–November is Photography Month in Paris

In addition to all of that, the world will be watching the returns of the U.S. Presidential election on November 8th (expect lots of people to be late for work on November 9th); Veteran’s Day is November 11th. Thanksgiving is on the 24th (In New York, there will be Macy’s Parade Eve balloon inflation parties on the 23rd, and parade viewing parties all over the West Side and Broadway on the 24th.) The Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving Day. And then we hit the mall for Black Friday! Followed by Cyber Monday on the 28th.

Have fun! Wherever November takes you, we hope it leaves you feeling thankful.

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