For one week only – an exhibition of rare watches in London

For just one week, a collection of rare watches belonging to an anonymous collector will be on display at the Design Museum.

What is known as the Oak Collection, an acronym for One-of-a-Kind watches, is known to belong to a French businessman based in London, but other than that the collection is said to be one of the best of its kind. in the world very little is known about the owner.

For nearly 40 years, the mysterious owner has been buying and ordering watches from the world’s best manufacturers and, apart from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, has one of the largest private collections of Patek Philippe Henry Graves watches from the 1900s.

Now the owner has done something that owners of great collections can sometimes be persuaded to do – and that is to let other people share in the joy they have in their collection.

Some 160 watches will be on display, all of them the rarest and best of their type.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is expected to be a unique platinum pocket watch with a tourbillon escapement, made in 1932 for American banker Henry Graves Jr.

Other watches include a number of very rare Patek Philippe watches, including one commissioned by the collector himself for his collection.

The Design Museum has been fairly quiet about the exhibit, so you might find a lack of publicity about it, as the publicity was apparently low-key at the request of the owner. There is, however, a hint that the mysterious owner of the collection will be revealed just before the exhibition opens to the public.

The exhibition, the Oak collection will be open at the Design Museum every day from Friday December 10 to Thursday December 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with evenings until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The exhibition is free to visit.

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