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Grandmaster of watch auctions Aurel Bacs has a passion for watches with a history

Mr Aurel Bacs (above) was in town to present an exhibition featuring highlights from two upcoming Phillips auctions, including a vintage white-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona and a unique Patek Philippe, the only one known to have a champagne-coloured
Mr Aurel Bacs (above) was in town to present an exhibition featuring highlights from two upcoming Phillips auctions, including a vintage white-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona and a unique Patek Philippe, the only one known to have a champagne-coloured dial.PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, HOURGLASS
Mr Aurel Bacs was in town to present an exhibition featuring highlights from two upcoming Phillips auctions, including a vintage white-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (above) and a unique Patek Philippe, the only one known to have a champagne-coloured
Mr Aurel Bacs was in town to present an exhibition featuring highlights from two upcoming Phillips auctions, including a vintage white-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (above) and a unique Patek Philippe, the only one known to have a champagne-coloured dial.PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, HOURGLASS
Mr Aurel Bacs was in town to present an exhibition featuring highlights from two upcoming Phillips auctions, including a vintage white-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona and a unique Patek Philippe (above), the only one known to have a champagne-coloured
Mr Aurel Bacs was in town to present an exhibition featuring highlights from two upcoming Phillips auctions, including a vintage white-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona and a unique Patek Philippe (above), the only one known to have a champagne-coloured dial.PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, HOURGLASS

Mr Aurel Bacs, a grandmaster of watch auctions, grew to love vintage timepieces after trading in them

Mr Aurel Bacs is an arresting presence, an articulate fellow with great sartorial flair, a stylish stubble beard, a rich baritone and charisma in spades.

He is also a man with a grand passion, one who loves horology so much he lives, breathes and makes a handsome living out of watches.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2018, with the headline 'Passion for watches with a history'. Print Edition | Subscribe