Christie’s has appointed Michael Fossner to lead the auctioneer’s specialist watch department on the West Coast.
He will be responsible for the growth of the West Coast market as the region’s sole dedicated watch specialist, working with the New York and international teams to win key business and bring watches to the market.
Mr Fossner carries on a family legacy as the fifth generation in the watch business, many of whom were trained European watchmakers.
Christie’s describes how, as a child, the New York-native learned first-hand from his father’s retail business as well as through early attendance at trade shows.
He is a graduate gemologist and accredited jewelry professional from the Gemological Institute of America, former consignment director for Heritage Auctions in New York, and vice-president and trustee of the Horological Society of New York.
The American public will know him best as a watch expert appearing on the Antiques Roadshow, which airs on PBS.
He also founded Collecting Seconds, a San Diego-based company that aims to connect buyers and sellers of prestige timepieces.