Sam Hines has joined The Fine Art Group in 2022 as a watch consultant. Based in Hong Kong, Sam works alongside the global team to expand the reach of our horology services amongst international collectors and institutions. Sam brings over twenty years of watch auction house experience to The Group, having begun his career as a Sotheby’s watch consultant.
After a brief stint at Henri Stern Watch Agency, Sam returned to the auction world by joining Christie’s New York in 2008 and relocating to Christie’s Hong Kong and making co-head of Christie’s in 2014. Sam was then given the opportunity to establish a watch department at Phillips, alongside Swiss watch veteran Aurel Bacs. From 2016 to 2018, Sam served as Global Head of Watches at Phillips Hong Kong. In 2018, Sam returned to Sotheby’s as the Worldwide Head of Watch Division.
Most recently, Sam was named Managing Director of online watch auctioneer LOUPE THIS. Founded in 2021, LOUPE THIS is already breaking records, having sold a 1967 Cartier Crash “London” for $1.5m, the new world record for most valuable Cartier watch ever sold.