Nate Borgelt of Sotheby’s keeps New England ticking with haute horlogerie.
A bejeweled, tortoise-shaped Cartier desk clock ($875K).
Late? Not on Nate Borgelt’s watch. At a young age, the Sotheby’s watches and clocks expert discovered an immense interest in timekeeping. “I had a fascination with watches in particular, due to their size and complexity,” recalls the Deerfield Academy and Connecticut College graduate. “This, connected with my interest in the historical aspect of measuring time, really led to a complete captivation with everything horology.”
Fast forward: As a Sotheby’s specialist in Watches & Clocks, Borgelt is the go-to guy for East Coast watch lovers. He has sold the very first splitseconds chronograph wristwatch, made by Patek Philippe, for a cool $2.96 million, as well as timepieces once owned by Charlie Chaplin and Joe DiMaggio. He also fetched $52,000 for an Omega Constellation that was appraised at only $1,000—then again, its owner was Elvis Presley. Based out of Sotheby’s New York, Borgelt is traveling regularly to Boston this spring for appraisal meetings; he’ll also make sure to visit his parents on the South Shore—the stomping ground where it all began.