THE OAK COLLECTION EXHIBITION LAUNCH
3 Minute Read Four decades of watch collecting revealed to the public at the Design Museum, London.
Located in Kensington, the Design Museum was the place to be on Wednesday night for the grand opening of the week-long OAK Collection exhibition. An exclusive cocktail event, the horological glitterati were in attendance to witness a sui generis private watch collection. Comprising of 168 'best of the best' vintage and contemporary museum-quality timepieces, it is the first time a collection in private hands of this magnitude has been exhibited at a museum, therefore representing a significant moment in the modern history of horology. The OAK Collection reflects the four decades-long passion of Mr. Patrick Getreide. It 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 Jnr. – to now be held in private hands. The exhibition was officially declared open with a traditional ribbon-cutting moment, presented by Mr. 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, many of them friends of The Rake including: Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe, George Bamford and Laurent Feniou, MD of Cartier were entertained by live music from the Italian singer Alessandro Ristori.