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Jessica Koers joined Christie’s in 2000. As head of Christie’s Jewelry Department in Amsterdam Jessica oversees three sales a year and travels throughout Europe to source collectors’ jewels and gemstones for the Dutch market, also gathering items of high quality for Geneva, London and Paris. Jessica holds the records for both the most expensive diamond (€241,600) and pearl (€144,000) sold at auction in Holland. Jessica attended Leiden University, specialising in Renaissance Jewellery and completed a masterclass on precious stones at the London Gemmological Association. Jessica is fluent in Dutch, English and Italian and gives lectures in all three languages.
Sabine Kegel joined Christie’s Geneva in 1995. With a keen interest in antique pocketwatches as well as wristwatches produced between 1930 and 1950, she regularly travels all over Europe maintaining excellent contacts with renowned collectors and appraising and evaluating wristwatches and pocketwatches of all periods. Sabine has contributed to a series of highly successful auctions including the largest watch sale ever in November 2007 in Geneva, which achieved a stunning total of $28 million and numerous world auction records, as well as to the highest price ever paid for a wristwatch at Christe’s auction in May 2010: $5.7 million for a unique Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph ref. 1527. In addition to her German mother tongue, she is also fluent in French and English.
Sam Hines began his career in the auction world in 1997, while based in London. In 2005, after moving to New York, Sam joined Christie’s auction house as manager of the Interiors department, later joining the Trusts and Estates department as Assistant Vice President working on many important collections including the estate of Mark Moyens. His lifelong passion for watches contributed to his success with such highlights as the 2002 sales of two private collections including the auctioning of a highly important selection of Rolex sport watches. Sam’s love of watches led him to join the ranks of the famed watchmaker, Patek Philippe. With this experience, in addition to his breadth of both watch-related and overall auction knowledge, Sam rejoined Christie’s as Vice President and head of the Watches department in the United States. Now based in Hong Kong,Sam focuses on the ever-expanding Asian market for watches and maintaining superior client relations.
Mary Lee is Vice President and Senior Specialist at Christie’s Hong Kong Watch Department, working closely with the other senior business getters in the team, with a focus on developing the watch market in Hong Kong and Greater China. In 1996, Mary joined Christie’s Hong Kong as a cataloguer in the Hong Kong Jewellery department and became a Watch Specialist in 1999 where she contributed to the expansion of watch sales in Asia. At that time the auction of watches started as part of the Hong Kong Jewellery sales. but with an increasingly active and important watch market in Asia, Mary became a founding member of the separate Hong Kong Watch team which began holding Christie’s Hong Kong’s first Important Watches auctions in 2002. With Mary as the key cataloguer and contact for our Chinese speaking clients, Christie’s Hong Kong watch sales grew from strength to strength. After nearly 11 years’ tenure with Christie’s, Mary left in 2006 to explore opportunities externally in the watch industry until rejoining Christie’s Hong Kong in April 2011. Mary is fluent in English, Cantonese and Putonghua.
Alexandre Bigler joined Christie’s Hong Kong Watch Department as a Specialist and Associate Vice President in August 2010. Before joining Christie’s, he worked in the international watch auction business for over 5 years. Having worked at Christie’s Geneva, Alexandre relocated to Hong Kong to work on the fast-growing Chinese and South East-Asian watch market. He travels regularly in Asia to maintain excellent relationships with renowned collectors, in addition to appraising and evaluating timepieces for auctions. Alexandre was born in Switzerland and studied Economics at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He speaks French, English and German.
Joey Luk joined Christie's Hong Kong Watch Department as Trainee Specialist in May 2011 after she graduated from Graphic Design and Cultural Management at the University of the Arts, London. With her background in creatives and through her experience during Christie’s Hong Kong watch sales, Joey discovered her passion for watches and developed great enthusiasm in exploring the innovative designs and complicated mechanism of modern, vintage wristwatches and pocket watches. Joey travels regularly to Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan to cultivate the fast growing watch market and is developing close relationships with watch collectors in the Greater China area. Joey is actively involved in the production of our catalogues and manages the logistics for our most important shipments. She also maintains departmental analysis of the international watch industry for Christie’s Asia. Joey is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Ecole du Louvre, Pansy Ku has a broad background in both Western and Eastern art. She joined Spink, part of the Christie's group, in 1994 and opened Spink Singapore one year later. Ms. Ku was promoted to Director and Board member of Spink Singapore in 1996. From 1994 to 2000, Ms. Ku established a lively programme of selling exhibitions and lectures, bringing new collecting areas to the attention of Singaporeans. When Spink launched their jewellery department in 1997, Ms. Ku was instrumental in promoting exhibitions of contemporary and antique jewellery in her Singapore gallery. Ms. Ku left Singapore in 2000 to join Christie’s Hong Kong as Business Manager for Jewellery and Watches in 2001. Since March 2007, Ms. Ku is Business Development Manager for Asia, based in Hong Kong, where she is actively involved in client cultivation programmes and events management. As of January 2009, Ms. Ku embraces her new roles as International Business Manager and Client Development Director for Watches and Business Manager for Wine in Asia. Ms. Ku has developed many close relationships with private collectors in Southeast Asia, advising them on their purchases and helping them in all their dealings with Spink and Christie's. Since 2001, in addition to overseeing all financial and administrative aspects of the Hong Kong jewellery and watch departments, Ms. Ku was responsible for all Hong Kong jewellery and watch press releases and contributed articles to the Christie’s International Magazine and various publications in the region. In her Business Development role, Ms. Ku gave talks on Jewellery, Watches and Contemporary Art and conducted charity auctions. Pansy Ku is fluent in Chinese, English and French.
As an internationally respected Patek Philippe scholar and historian, John Reardon is a passionate and knowledgeable expert in the watch marketplace. Curator to several important private and corporate collections, he is well-known for his academic and methodical approach to collection building. John first became a part of the auction world in 1997 and subsequently joined Patek Philippe USA, where he served for a decade in various sales, marketing and training roles. He rejoined the auction world in 2011.
John is a regular contributor to leading watch blog Hodinkee and ForbesLife magazine as well as a contributing writer for the ‘Life and Times’ feature article in the Patek Philippe magazine. His first book Patek Philippe in America: Marketing The World's Foremost Watch was published in 2008 followed by the Patek Philippe Reference Guide: Men's Wristwatches (2010) and the Reference Guide: Ladies' Watches (2012).
With over 15 years of experience, Doug Escribano brings a wealth of horology knowledge to the New York Watches Department. He joined Christie’s in 1991 as a member of the New York Finance Group, and moved into the Jewelry Department in 1992. Doug soon discovered his passion for watches, and a few short years later, he was promoted to Department Head for the New York Watches Department. Possessing a talent in all areas, Doug is involved in every aspect of the business from client development in the Americas to sales organization, research and cataloguing. Doug’s enthusiasm for watches, and, in particular, pocket watches, is quite infectious. He rediscovered four historically important Packard pocket watches which sold in our saleroom in June 2011 for over $2.7million. Other career highlights include the sale of the Collection of Mel and Noel Blanc in 1997, and in 1996, the sale of a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch (reference 3449), one of just three ever made, which sold for $786,000 and established a new auction record for the time. Doug holds a Bachelors of Arts in Art History from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he was a Cleveland Museum of Art Fellow.
Reginald Brack, Director of the Watches Private Sales team, comes to Christie’s with many years of experience as an auction consultant and curator of world-class private collections. A longtime collector, Reginald’s expertise spans from vintage to modern watches from the finest names in luxury horology, with a particular specialization in vintage Rolex and Patek Philippe.
Based in New York, Reginald works one-on-one with clients around the world to meet a variety of collecting needs, from acquiring a specific watch to buying or selling outside the auction timeline.