Four decades of watch collecting revealed


Four decades of watch collecting revealed to the world at the Design Museum, London.



World Premiere: The 1st private watch collection opens its doors to the world! THE OAK COLLECTION A WORLD PREMIERE in the world of watch collectors! Never before has such an important private watch collection been revealed to the public. Celebrating the OAK watch collection international launch event Four decades of watch collecting revealed to the world at the Design Museum, London The Design Museum, London Open to the public - May 19 – 25, 2022 (free entrance)

  • A World Premiere for such a large and Exceptional private collection of Patek Philippe, Rolex & independants watchmakers.

  • An exquisite selection of 168 watches drawn from a collection of over 600 significant timepieces. A collection built over the span of 40 years, behind the scenes, far from the spotlight, by a passionate watch lover…

  • Quite unique in the world of watch collecting: the collection is a combination of historical, vintage and contemporary watches.

  • ‘One-of-a-kind’ (OAK) not only due to size and scope, but also because it consists mainly of one-offs. Unique vintage pieces, and modern Patek Philippe timepieces made bespoke in close concert with the collector in a creative process based on mutual trust and respect, from design to manufacture.

  • The world’s largest concentration of iconic Patek Philippe ‘Calatrava’ watches.

  • The OAK collection pays also tribute to Henry Graves Jr., Patek Philippe great collector of the 1930’, featuring the greatest number of timepieces that once belonged to him, outside the Patek Philippe Museum.

  • Exceptional pieces from other brands: chiefly Rolex and the independants, F.P. Journe, Kari Voutinalinen and Akrivia.

  • The diversity and rarity of the collection , in combination with the watches quality , excellent provenance and perfect condition, make this collection an hommage both to Haute Horlogerie and to the passing of time.

  • Each of the 600 pieces in the collection has in common its rarity an exceptional state of conservation. The collection almost exclusively features One-of-a-kind watches, watches produced in limited series as special editions or on special order. It also includes many items worthy of being showcased in museums.

  • From intuitive attraction to discerning passion. From initiation to deep connection with the art of watchmaking. The OAK Collection invites you on a collector’s journey.

19th May 2022, London: The OAK Collection exhibition - 'One of A Kind' - comprises 168 'best of the best' vintage and contemporary museum quality watches was previewed at London’s Design Museum with an exclusive cocktail party event to mark the Grand Opening of the week long OAK Collection public exhibition. This is the first time a private collection of this magnitude and importance has been exhibited at a museum therefore representing a significant moment in the modern history of horology. The OAK Collection is a one of a kind collection that reflects a four-decade long passion of a single private collector, Mr Patrick Getreide. Among the collection includes a carefully curated edit of the world’s finest timepieces including; unrepeatable special orders, ultra-rare limited editions, the most valuable examples of their type and the largest number of Patek Philippe pieces once owned by the celebrated collector Henry Graves Jr. to now be held in private hands.Mr Patrick Getreide welcomed his special guests with an opportunity to delve into the exclusive preview of the curated private collection prior to public opening. The exhibition was officially declared open with a traditional ribbon cutting moment presented by Patrick Getreide, the Swiss ambassador Markus Leitner, Tim Marlow CEO & Director of the Design Museum, exhibition curator Nick Foulkes and Lord Peter Mandelson Chairman of the Design Museum.Guests of Patrick Getreide were included Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe, Jean Arnault from LVMH Group, Jean-Claude Biver, Pierre Biver, H.E Evelyne Genta, Adam Clayton from U2 music band, Guy Ritchie, Rocco Ritchie, George Bamford, François Curiel, President of Christie’s Luxury, Aurel Bacs and Livia Russo, Tinie Tempah, Marchioness Weymouth, Lord Ceawlin Thynn, June Sarpong, Tamara Beckwith, Giorgio Veroni, James Marks, Jay Rutland, Bella Freud, Martha Freud, Jeremy Hackett, Patrick Grant, Oliver Spencer, Flora Vesterberg, Fiona Leahy, Lily Gabriella Elia, Sebastian Conran, Sophie Conran and Gertrude Conran. *** The OAK Collection travelling exhibition opens at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG on May 19 and runs until May 25. It will then move for a World Tour, USA, Middle East and Asia. Getty Images Opening Party