Sotheby’s appoints watch department heads

Sotheby’s on Wednesday named Ronny Wooter, watch specialist and auctioneer, as head of its Geneva Watch Department. In addition, the auction house named Alexander Barter to the post of senior specialist, International Watches. These changes will take effect June 1.

Wooter started his career at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam in 1985. He became the first watches auction expert in this field in the Netherlands, making regular contributions to the specialist press. As director of the Sotheby’s Amsterdam Watch Department, he has established Sotheby’s as market leaders in the Netherlands, while participating regularly in the Geneva auctions held in May and November. Wooter will be based in Geneva and will continue to oversee the Amsterdam watch operation.

Barter, watch specialist and auctioneer, tasked with optimizing the team’s effectiveness in the international watch arena. He began his career at Sotheby’s in London in 1996, and was appointed as head of the Sotheby’s Geneva Watch Department in July 2002. Highlighting his career at Sotheby’s is the sale of a 1929 Patek Philippe Calatrava wristwatch in May 2003 for more than 2 million Swiss francs, the highest price ever fetched by a wristwatch at Sotheby’s. In the same year, Sotheby’s Geneva had reacord sales.

The next watch sale will be held in Geneva on May 16, showcasing an important and unique double open-faced Grande Complication pocket watch made by Patek Philippe in 1914 for George Thompson.