LAURENCE NICOLAS – (FORMER) CEO OF DIOR MONTRES
There was little to indicate that Laurence Nicolas was on her way out the door as she lit up the stage during DWW’S Designing Time forum. In fact, the former President of Dior Fine Jewellery and Timepieces seemed as passionate as ever as she disclosed, “I’d get rid of the glass,” in response to a question of what she’d love to change in watchmaking. Her rationale was that glass in fact limits creativity for couture watches, especially if they added feathers or bits of fabric to the dial. Then again, upon reflection, Nicolas may have been referring (even if unconsciously) to the glass ceiling. After almost ten years at Dior, it was announced in December (less than a month after DWW) that she had been appointed as Executive Vice President and Global Managing Director of Jewellery and Watches at Sotheby’s, a newly created position the auction house says is “at the junction of two of Sotheby’s fastest growing categories.” The energetic exec will likely infuse Sotheby’s with the same kind of creative audacity that she became so well known for at Dior. “Given the smart and passionate people that I have already met in the company, and the amazing history and expertise Sotheby’s has built since 1744, I believe the potential for growth is tremendous,” she said.