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Sotheby’s Shakes Up Luxury Watch Team

June 10, 2024  |  Suzanne Watkin
Sothebys Sam Hines and Geoff Hess image

Sotheby’s has made changes to the executive team of its watch department in an effort to expand its offering in the category. 

Sam Hines started his career at Sotheby’s in 1997, before leaving and rejoining in 2018 as worldwide head of watches. He exited again four years later, taking on a consultancy role with the company and becoming managing director of online watch auctioneer Loupe This. He is now set to return at the end of June, the auction house said last week. In his new role as chairman of watches, Hines will focus on strategies for securing major collections and will retake the helm as principal auctioneer for global watch sales. He will be based in Hong Kong, reporting to Josh Pullan, global head of luxury at Sotheby’s. 

Meanwhile, Geoff Hess, who started at Sotheby’s last year as senior vice president and head of watches for the Americas, has been promoted to global head of watches. He will be tasked with developing a growth strategy for the division, managing regional leaders, and building and growing client relationships. He will also report to Pullan. 

“Sam and Geoff are two of the most respected figures in the watch community, and I’m delighted for them to be taking on these new roles,” said Pullan. “Their combined talent, vision and energy will drive us to new heights in the watches category globally and is an affirmation of Sotheby’s commitment to innovation, best-in-class client experiences and industry-leading expertise.”  

Image: Sam Hines and Geoff Hess (l to r). (Sotheby’s)

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