Jonathan Darracott is Bonhams Global Head of Watches based at New Bond Street, with more than 25 years' experience working with watches both as an auctioneer and a manufacturer.
Jonathan has been responsible for the sale of one of the world's largest private single-owner collections of watches, the 2,000-strong Collection of a European Nobleman in 2015, and has also introduced the first of many online-only sales to Bonhams. He has led the watch department, not only to record breaking sales, but also to be the current UK market leader for auctioning watches, and he is one of the few auctioneers who is also an accomplished watchmaker.
From 2006-2011, Jonathan was the managing director of a boutique company making luxury watches in La Chaux de Fonds, the center of the watch-making region of Switzerland. Prior to this, for 12 years he was European Head of the Watch Department for Sotheby's, and later became Aftersales Director for Breitling. He has also acted as a watch consultant to various manufacturers.
Jonathan's life-long passion for watches started in childhood. He has a BA Honors degree in Three Dimensional Design and also studied watch-making in London and Switzerland. He is a qualified member of the British Horological Institute and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.