Sotheby’s has appointed Sam Hines as the worldwide head of its watch division.
He will be based in Hong Kong.
Hines brings over 20 years of experience in the auction market and the watch industry. He was named Phillips’ international head of watches in 2015. Prior to joining Phillips, he served as international co-head of Christie’s watch department for two years. He began his career at Sotheby’s in 1997.
He will work under Laurence Nicolas, the newly appointed head of the jewelry and watch department.
“The watch market is one of the most global and fastest growing collecting categories,” said Tad Smith, Sotheby’s CEO, in a statement.
According to Sotheby’s, Hines has spearheaded some of the most important watch sales of the past 10 years, including the discovery of two previously unknown pocket watches from the legendary collection of James Ward Packard. Those sold for $2.7 million in 2011.
Hines also helped set a (recently beaten) world auction record for a wristwatch, when he sold a stainless steel Patek Philippe reference 1518 for CHF 11 million.
(Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s)