Phillips strengthens watch department with appointment of an international specialist in sourcing rare pieces

James Marks.

Auctioneer Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo has appointed James Marks as international specialist for the company’s watch department with responsibility for international sourcing of rare and interesting timepieces.

Based in London, Mr Marks joins ahead of the upcoming international exhibition, Watchmakers, The Masters of Art Horology; a partnership between Maxima Gallery and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo. The event has already taken place in Rome, New York and Hong Kong, and will finish its world tour in London this month.

Mr Marks joins Phillips from a career in global banking and finance. He was most recently a portfolio manager for a commodity hedge fund for seven years. Prior to this, he worked at Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas.


His expertise in watches is that of a self-taught collector. Phillips says he has spent years studying watches, engaging with high-profile collectors and developing a broad understanding of the current market.

Aurel Bacs, senior consultant at Phillips says: “Coming to Phillips with an outstanding reputation in our community and a solid network within the collectors’ community, we are delighted to welcome James to our team of passionate specialists. James brings with him considerable knowledge and, like so many of us, he has now decided to turn his passion for watches into a full-time career. We look forward to working with James in the lead up to the Watchmakers, The Masters of Art Horology exhibition in London, and of course next season’s sales in October in New York, and November in Geneva and Hong Kong. We look forward to many exciting developments in the UK under James’s leadership, including exhibitions, valuation days, and developing our ever-growing client base.”

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