Christie’s has announced an auction of the OAK Collection (“One-Of-A-Kind” Collection), during its Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Live Auction on 26 November 2023. Total 142 lots are available for sale from THE OAK Collection, Part I.
Carefully amassed by a European collector over more than four decades, this remarkable collection comprises more than 500 timepieces, including vintage watches from the 20th century, as well as contemporary watches that are predominantly one-offs or were made to special order.
These exceptional timepieces originate from the most prestigious brands such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, to the leading independent watchmakers such as Akrivia and Voutilainen.
This collection has the added distinction of being the first private collection of watches to be exhibited in a major Art Museum — an honor bestowed by London’s Design Museum in May 2022.
On 26 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Christie’s will showcase Part 1 of the Collection, featuring an exquisite selection of 142 prestigious horological works of art. Many are meticulously documented, complete with their respective papers and boxes. This offers a unique opportunity to acquire an exceptional treasure from one of the world’s greatest collections of fine watches.
Highlights of Single Owner Live Auction: THE OAK Collection, Part I
Audemars Piguet Ref. 5516
This Audemars Piguet Reference 5516 model is an extremely rare and important 18k gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year and moon-phase indication.
With only nine ever produced—three in the first series and six in the second—this timepiece is a rare find. The watch offered in this sale is arguably in the most pristine condition amongst the six known market examples of the reference.
Estimate: HK$6,500,000 – 13,000,000
Patek Philippe Ref. 1436
Made in 1950, the Patek Philippe Ref. 1436 is a highly attractive and very rare 18k gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch with black dial.
Produced between 1938 and 1971, this model has only 120 yellow gold examples adorning the world. Today, a mere 59 are known to exist publicly, with fewer than half a dozen boasting a black dial. The allure of this particular watch lies in its unique dial configuration, potentially marking it as the only known example of its kind.
AKRIVIA Ref. AK-06
This unique stainless steel semi-skeletonised wristwatch with power reserve display was made in 2022.
The Akrivia AK-06, one of the most sought-after contemporary wristwatches crafted by new generation independent watchmaker Rexhep Rexhepi, debuted at Baselworld in 2017.
This timepiece, the brand’s first non-tourbillon, time-only creation, was exclusively crafted for the owner of the OAK Collection. It boasts a specially commissioned blue dial, marking it as a one-of-a-kind piece.
Estimate: HK$3,200,000 – 6,400,000
BREGUET Type XX
This stainless steel BREGUET Type XX chronograph wristwatch was previously owned by Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham Type XX Model.
This first-generation chronograph carries an engraved caseback that reads “Esso J.B. Champion Du Monde 1959.” As one of the earliest models of Breguet’s Type XX chronographs, it holds a special place in horological and motor racing history.
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Ref. 992/108J-001
Made in 2021, this unique and exceptional 18k gold and sapphire-set pocket watch comes with a cloisonné enamel depicting Lac Blanc, dial with Breguet numerals and matching yellow gold and marble pocket watch stand.
Estimate: HK$2,000,000 – 4,000,000.
This unique GMT-6 dual-time model, encased in stainless steel with an 18k white gold crown, was crafted exclusively for the esteemed biennial “Only Watch” charity auction in 2015.
Estimate: HK$1,600,000 – 3,200,000
BREGUET Ref. 1646
Made in the 1960s, this very rare and unusual stainless steel automatic wristwatch comes with sweep centre seconds and date.
The Breguet Reference 1646 carries a legacy of rarity and intrigue. With only 60 such models ever made, this vintage diver’s watch, also known as “montreplongeur,” is a cherished treasure, often elusive to even the most dedicated collectors. Its existence was revealed through the meticulous research of timepiece enthusiasts in recent years. This captivating find continues to weave its charm in the world of horology.
Estimate: HK$800,000 – 1,600,000