International auction house Bonhams announced the appointment of Tim Bourne as International Director of Watches, Asia. Bourne has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East, North America and Europe and joins Bonhams from Sotheby’s where he was Worldwide Head of Watches based in London and Hong Kong. Before that, he was International Co-Head of Christie’s Watches Department based in Hong Kong and New York.
He takes up his new position at the end of February and will be based in Bonhams Hong Kong office.
Bonhams said Bourne is a globally renowned auctioneer and leading specialist in luxury watches with more than 20 years’ experience. During his tenure in 2013, Bourne was responsible for the highest grossing horological sale ever held in Asia, achieving $28.3 million (HK$221.5 million), including the most expensive clock collection ever sold at auction. In 2015, Bourne was on the rostrum for the high-profile sale of the Henry Graves supercomplication timepiece, setting a new world record for a watch at auction of $24 million.
Bourne said of his appointment, “I am thrilled to be joining Bonhams and look forward to using my global experience of the watch world to grow the company’s business in Asia.”
Bonhams Global CEO Matthew Girling said, “I am delighted to welcome Tim to Bonhams as International Director of Watches. His track record of success and proven business acumen will help us establish and build our presence among watch collectors in South East Asia and the Far East.”