An Insane Private Watch Collection, Including Rare Pateks and Rolexes, Goes on Display at the Design Museum, London - Oracle Time
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An Insane Private Watch Collection, Including Rare Pateks and Rolexes, Goes on Display at the Design Museum, London

One of the finest private collections of watches in the world is currently on display at The Design Museum, London. Rolex and Patek Philippe are the stars of the show here, as are watches from smaller independents like Kari Voutilainen, F.P. Journe and Akrivia. You also don’t want to miss the unique, rarely seen pieces from the Only Watch charity auction.

The exhibition comprises a selection of 168 watches including the world’s largest concentration of iconic Patek Philippe Calatrava watches, making it one of the most impressive Patek collections ever seen outside the manufacture’s own Geneva-based museum. The 168 display pieces are curated and owned by Swiss businessman Patrick Gietriede and the exhibition represents only a small portion of the total 600 watches he has acquired over the last 35 years. 

The OAK Collection exhibition at The Design Museum

Many of the watches in the collection have direct links with Gerald Genta and Philippe Stern, as we discovered in our interview with Mr Gietriede at the beginning of the year, and this event marks the first time they are on display to the public.

Each watch is accompanied by a QR code so you can learn more about the particular reference and the exhibition is free to enter. However, get there fast as it’s only in London for seven days.

More details at The Design Museum.

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