John Reardon - International Head of Watches, Christie's
The watch industry employs hundreds of thousands of people in over 100 countries around the world. A career in the world of watches is a dream come true and many individuals have found their professional path in unique and unexpected ways. At HSNY's February 6 meeting, Reardon will explore how people make a living within the world of watches and horology, including stories of how they broke into the business and their day to day lives in the "game of the time." The scope of Reardon's lecture will include stories from the auction industry, museum world, retailers, vintage watch dealers, watchmakers, marketers, designer, photographers, bloggers, social influencers, and more, all underlining how people make a living doing what they love.
For people looking to break into the watch world professionally or simply looking to use their horological knowledge to generate income, Reardon will share stories of numerous industry insiders and the many paths people take be part of this fascinating worldwide community.
About John Reardon
John Reardon first became interested in clocks and watches while interning at the American Watch and Clock Museum in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut where he learned clock repair and restoration. While completing a degree in history and languages, he worked as a curatorial assistant at the Willard House and Clock Museum in Grafton, Massachusetts. His passion for all things horological brought him to the auction world in New York in the 1990s where his academic and commercial focus turned to watches. In 2001, he joined Patek Philippe USA and become a noted author, writer and researcher in all things related to the famous Swiss manufacture. After a decade with Patek Philippe, he rejoined the auction world and is presently the International Head of Watches at Christie’s. He is a contributing writer for the Life and Times feature in the Patek Philippe Magazine and has written three books on the history of watches, most notably Patek Philippe in America: Marketing the World’s Foremost Watch.
Pictured above: Auctioneer Thomas Perazzi, courtesy of Christie's