Sotheby’s Appoints Tim Bourne As Worldwide Head Of Watches

Sotheby’s announce the appointment of Tim Bourne as Worldwide Head of its Watches department. Mr. Bourne will be based in Hong Kong, overseeing Sotheby’s Asia watch auctions in addition to those in Geneva, New York and London. This marks a strategic move in response to the rapid expansion of the auction market for watches worldwide, especially in Asia. With his wealth of experience and vision, Mr. Bourne endeavors to “create an innovative and forward-thinking department that can capture rapidly-growing market opportunities, as well as the shifting focus of watch auctions worldwide.”

Mr. Bourne has played instrumental roles in major auction houses and is highly regarded with over 20 years of experience in the industry. In 1997, Sotheby’s pioneered the auction of watches in Asia under his direction, displaying its market leadership in the field.

“With his insight into our truly international market, Tim will add invaluable experience as we make further investment in our global business especially in Asia, an important hub of growth and great opportunities in today’s watch auction market,” commented Kevin Ching, Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s Asia, while Daryn Schnipper, Chairman of Sotheby’s International Watch Division, noted, “Sotheby’s international watches team have built an outstanding global business with worldwide success. With Tim joining us, our international team will continue to bring exceptional watches to our clients with the highest levels of scholarship and service, both at auction and in private sales.”

The next Important Watches auction at Sotheby’s Hong Kong will take place on 6 October 2011.

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