Paul Boutros is the Head of Watches, Americas for Phillips – the leading auction house dedicated to fine collector’s watches. His efforts contributed to multiple record-breaking results, positioning Phillips as the global market leader in watch auctions within two years. In October 2017, he led Phillips’s inaugural New York watch auction, Winning Icons, where Paul Newman’s legendary Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona sold for $17.8 million – the highest result ever for a vintage wristwatch sold at auction.
A collector of wristwatches for over three decades, Paul is a specialist in their authentication and valuation. Frequently appearing on television programs sharing tips on watch collecting, he has hosted talks for investment banks, luxury brands, and magazines. The former watch columnist for Barron’s PENTA, Paul has been published or cited in numerous publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Robb Report.
He serves on the Honorary Committee of the Gerald Genta Heritage Association and is an Academy Member of the Grand Prix d’Horologerie de Genève (GPHG). Paul also serves as a strategy consultant to luxury brands through his firm, Boutros Group. He works collaboratively with executives, helping them grow their businesses through proven design processes and innovative marketing initiatives.
Get to Know Me
What do you do in the art world?
Authentication, valuation, curation of collectors' watches.
What are the most interesting aspects of your work?
Sourcing and offering some of the most important collectors' timepieces ever to appear on the market.
Tell us about the most recent / last piece you acquired?
In December 2021, Phillips' The 2021 NY Watch Auction included the sale of the first Patek Philippe Nautilus Tiffany Blue ®, which achieved a record price of $6.5 million for charity.
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Heidi Lee-Komaromi, Paul Boutros, John McCord