15th-19th November, 2016

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Speakers

Speakers & Moderators

Aurel Bacs

With 20 years of professional experience in the field of collectors' watches, Aurel Bacs is an internationally recognized leading specialist in the watch market.

In 1995, towards the end of his studies of law and business, he chose to convert his lifelong passion and hobby into a profession when joining Sotheby’s as their department specialist in Geneva. In 2001, Mr. Bacs partnered with Simon de Pury and Daniella Luxembourg to become their International Head of Watches for their newly created auction house Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg.

Following that, Mr. Bacs has headed for a decade the international watch department at Christie’s. During his tenure, he oversaw an unprecedented growth for the firm, raising the department's annual turnover from US $ 8 million to over US $ 130 million.

The only quadri-lingual auctioneer in this highly specialized market, Mr. Bacs has achieved more auction records than any other auctioneer in recent years, be it for individual watches or for entire collections.

Today, Mr. Bacs is an independent advisor to private collectors, manufacturers and museums in the field of high-end collectors’ watches and co-founder of Bacs & Russo SA. In this capacity, He is partnering with Phillips as exclusive consultant for their watch department, which in less than 2 years since its launch, has become the undisputed worldwide market leader. Under his leadership, Phillips has established numerous world records, including the highest price ever achieved for a wristwatch and the highest price ever achieved for a Rolex watch.

He serves as the president of the jury of the prestigious GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve) and is a permanent member of the cultural council of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.