Antiquorum has announced that Michael Friedman has been appointed Horological Director of Antiquorum USA. Mr. Friedman will oversee all U.S. auctions and private sales from Antiquorum’s U.S. headquarters on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Michael takes over the position from Charles Tearle who was named Head of Antiquorum’s Asian division in August of last year.
Friedman’s career in watches and clocks began in 1996 at the Willard House & Clock Museum where he held the position of Assistant Curator and also apprenticed to conservator David Gow. In 1997, he joined The National Watch & Clock Museum as Curator where he co-developed 15,000 square feet of new exhibition space devoted to the history of time measurement. In 1999, Michael was named Vice President and Department Head of Watches for Christie’s in New York. After successfully growing sales and bringing many new collectors to Christie’s, he founded MLF Horology in 2003 which provides consulting and curator services for several international collectors, with particular focus on Patek Philippe collections.
In 2011, Michael served as a consultant to Sotheby’s Watch Department in New York. Michael has also worked on a variety of charity auctions including events benefiting Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Center (2004) and the Stan Lee Foundation (2010). In addition to horology and auctions, Friedman is the production partner to documentary filmmaker and television director, Bradley Beesley, and together they recently founded Roadside Media.
Friedman’s areas of consistent study and focus are Patek Philippe, mid 20th century wristwatches, complicated pocket watches, enamel watches, Willard Clocks and horological art.
“We are delighted that Mr. Friedman has joined the Antiquorum team. With his many years of experience and vast knowledge of the horological market, we look forward to building upon our past successes and further broadening our reach into the ever-expanding U.S. market,” said Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO, Antiquorum Auctioneers.