Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo in London is hosting an exhibition of the private watch collection of Jean-Claude Biver, non-executive chairman of LVMH Group Watch Division.
The event, titled Jean-Claude Biver: A Retrospective. Share, Respect, Forgive, has been on a world tour since November last year, and has already touched down in Geneva, Hong Kong and New York.
London gets its chance to see the watches and meet the man during the week of February 24 to 28.
It features notable examples from brands that are closely associated with Mr Biver’s career of more than four decades in the Swiss watch industry including Blancpain, Omega, Hublot, Tag Heuer and Zenith.
But his tastes strayed into rival camps, with pieces from Patek Philippe, Rolex and independents like Philippe Dufour and Rexhep Rexhepi finding their way into his collection.
“Having celebrated 70 years of which 45 in the watch industry, I am delighted to share with the lovers of horology a unique exhibition of my passion for brands, watches and moments which are today an unforgettable part of my career and my life,” Mr Biver says.
Aurel Bacs, senior consultant Bacs & Russo and James Marks, international specialist and joint exhibition curators at Philips, add: “Jean-Claude Biver is a larger-than-life man and one of only a small handful of visionaries in the Swiss watch industry who must be credited for having brought true innovation, created thousands of jobs and likely one of the best ambassadors the world of horology ever had. We are incredibly honored to call him a friend and be entrusted with this unique and largely unseen selection of highlights from his personal watch collection, spanning a century of watchmaking and many of the rarest brands, most fascinating complications and, very importantly, personal watches that marked his 45-year long distinguished career. We are very much looking forward to welcoming enthusiasts around the globe in the coming months on three continents where Jean-Claude Biver will personally be present and engage with collectors during panel discussions and lectures.”
The exhibition is open to the public and the entry is free.