Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo has hired Geoff Hess as a watch consultant. The former CEO of Analog/Shift, a specialist in vintage and pre-owned watches, will support the auctioneer’s watch department on sourcing, collaborations, events and new business initiatives.
Mr Hess, who remains on the advisory board of Analog/Shift, is an attorney by trade, and was a senior advisor to Rudy Giuliani when he was New York mayor in its darkest days from 2000 to 2002, and then headed Giuliani Partners when the mayor returned to the private sector.
Mr Hess must have been networking in interesting circles during his time with Mr Giuliani because his next move was to Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelery, where he was president from 2012 to 2016.
Paul Boutros, head of watches, Americas at Phillips says: “With his outstanding reputation, knowledge, and well-established network in the watch community, we’re delighted to welcome Geoff as our consultant, working with our international team of specialists. Geoff embodies the values Phillips prides itself on – integrity, professionalism, and passion – and I couldn’t be happier to have him partner with and advise our team. As we prepare for our upcoming auction seasons, including Geneva Watch Auction: NINE and Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT, both taking place in May, we look forward to working with Geoff on our exhibitions and valuation days, as well as further developing Phillips’ client base.”