LAU­RENCE NI­CO­LAS – (FOR­MER) CEO OF DIOR MONTRES

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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.

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