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This unique one-day course provides participants with an overview of the history of and market for fine watches. From their origins in the sixteenth century, via the exquisite timepieces of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, to the evolution of the modern wristwatch, Benoit Colson, Specialist at Sotheby’s, illuminates this fascinating field for beginners and connoisseurs alike. Highlighting artisanship and technology, as well as the qualities and makers to look for when building a collection, the course includes a private handling session of forthcoming Sotheby’s sale highlights.

This course includes:

  • Certificate of participation on completion of the course;
  • Specialist-led lectures with time for questions and discussion;
  • Private handling session of forthcoming Sotheby’s watch sale highlights;
  • Networking opportunities with faculty and fellow participants;
  • Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Day Course: 10.00am-5.00pm.

    Date: 28 March, 2020.

     The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty


    Benoit Colson, Specialist Sotheby's Watches, Sotheby’s

    Benoit Colson joined Sotheby’s in 2014. Based in London, he travels extensively across Europe to meet with clients and has played a key role in securing numerous important consignments. In addition to business-getting, he is deeply involved in the creation of catalogues for auctions in London and Geneva. As a specialist, he has developed an in-depth knowledge and expertise in Patek Philippe and Rolex watches. Originally from Belgium, Benoit holds several master’s degrees in History of Art and the art market from the University of Brussels and the École du Louvre in Paris.
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees


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    Course Timetable

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041

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