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Meet The Man Who Sold The World’s Most Expensive Watch

November 2018Words by Mr Jim Merrett

Photography by Mr Neil Gavin. Styling by Ms Otter Hatchett

You may well wear a watch. And you almost certainly wear clothes. (If not, you’ve arrived at a good place to remedy your predicament.) But have you ever considered how to wear a watch and clothes together? Yes, probably, every single morning, much like Mr Aurel Bacs.

It was this daily dilemma that led Mr Bacs to the conclusion that, in 2018 it verges on the ridiculous that there is still no definitive guide detailing which timepiece to wear with which outfit. And, as a watch auctioneer (last year he sold the world’s most expensive watch, the “Paul Newman” Rolex Daytona previously owned by the actor, for just shy of $18m), he was in a position to rectify this.

From that brainwave came a phone call to Mr Wei Koh, founder of men’s style magazine The Rake, and from him to Mr Toby Bateman, Managing Director of MR PORTER. This in turn led to Styled. Timeless Watches And How To Wear Them, a showcase of stylish outfits to be worn with classic timepieces, culminating in an auction of 120 incredible vintage watches, due to take place at Phillips auction house in New York on 5 December.