In recent years, Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, has been known primarily for sourcing the rarest “vintage” watches in the world. Their team of experts is committed to sharing their passion with the widest possible audience.

In a continuous search for exclusive watchmaking moments to share with this audience, Phillips had the great pleasure of crossing paths with Jean-Claude Biver, better known as a cornerstone of the modern Swiss watch industry, having helped build, influence and cement the fate of watch brands such as Blancpain, Omega, Hublot and more recently, Tag Heuer and Zenith.

Jean claude biver portrait

He currently holds the position of Non-Executive Chairman of the Watch Division of the LVMH group. Visionary, creator of taste, leader, legend and charismatic are just some of the recurring adjectives that come to mind when describing Mr. Jean-Claude Biver, a man whose brain is behind the meteoric rise of some of the most iconic fine watchmaking brands in the industry.

Phillips presented “Jean-Claude Biver: a retrospective. Share, respect, forgive,” a very special exhibit through the eyes of a big name in the industry. This exhibition consists exclusively of the private collection of Mr. Biver watches.

Jean-Claude Biver said: “The beauty of collecting art is that it connects you to eternity. I am proud, today, through the sale of these outstanding pieces that I am able to share a piece of my eternity.”

“A collector at heart, his collection and tastes are always evolving thus his desire to pass on these watches after over a decade of ownership. Jean-Claude is more than an industry titan, he has changed the face of watchmaking as we know it today. His knowledge of classical watchmaking has allowed him to always be one step ahead and the four timepieces we have the honor of presenting in our Geneva auction are milestones in watchmaking history,” said Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant Bacs & Russo and Alex Ghotbi, Head of Watches, Continental Europe and Middle East.

The collection was presented in Geneva in November 2019, then in Hong Kong and New York, and finally arrived in London, from February 24 to 28, 2020. The models on display were exceptional Haute Horlogerie pieces produced by some of the biggest watchmaking companies in the world, in particular Patek Philippe and Rolex, as well as independents like Philippe Dufour and Rexhep Rexhepi, or even by brands that Mr. Biver represented such as Blancpain, Omega, Hublot, Tag Heuer and Zenith.