Venice Simplon Orient-Express


The King of Trains

On a torrentially rainy day in the autumn of 1977, Sotheby's organised a sale of Wagon-Lits rolling stock at Monte Carlo goods depot. James Sherwood, who had begun to take an interest in the revival of the Orient-Express went there to examine the carriages and perhaps make a bid. The carriages had been taken for a joy ride from Nice to Monte Carlo that morning and Princess Grace had eaten brunch in the lovely restaurant car designed by ReneĢ Lalique. Prince Rainer was there too, as Peter Wilson, the famous auctioneer and head of Sotheby's prepared to start the sale. The carriages were arranged as a backdrop and the station was swarming with press and TV crews.

James Sherwood entered the bidding. He lost the first two cars to the King of Morocco, but took the next two cars, both sleepers built in 1929. Railway cars are very large, long, bulky objects. Wagon Lits were happy to transport them - but "Where would Monsieur Sherwood like them delivered?" Where indeed...

More than 40 years on, and with a full set of carriages retrieved and lovingly, painstakingly restored, the vision of James B Sherwood and those of the original founders of luxury train travel, live on in this beautiful train. Brimming with history, glamour & romance, this King of trains & train of Kings continues to be a source of legend.

Working with the VSOE team to produce an Historic Fine Jewellery Collection has been a pleasure & and honour!

joanna boyen, founder & creative director of biiju
18ct gold & diamond dagger necklace in an Art Deco style reflected by much of the decor aboard the train

Murder on the Orient-Express - famous book, famous movies & inspiration for quite a few of the pieces designed for the VSOE and sold in the onboard boutique

Poirot's Egg Cups

Chunky, solid gold & silver Art Deco egg cups designed as a fun reference to Hercule Poirot's obsession with finding a perfectly matched pair of eggs for his breakfast in the most recent remake of the classic 'Murder on the Orient-Express' movie. Directed by Kenneth Brannagh the film has an all star cast. If you haven't seen it, you should! And if you haven't travelled on the train, it's quite simply, the experience of a lifetime.

Hercule Poirot & his quest to find a perfectly matched pair of eggs in 'Murder on the Orient-Express'

Choo Choo

A little Art Deco train engine necklace in 18ct yellow gold with diamond details

Caviar & Champagne

One of the new Grand Suites introduced recently. No more words needed.

Making History

Choo Choo Whistle Necklace in solid 18ct white gold with diamonds in the 'oo' of Choo Choo, & in the 'Diamonds by the Yard' white gold chain. The perfect way to summon your loved one to the dining car ...

Bon appetit!