Watches: The Impossible Collection

Regular price €820.00 EUR
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  • 144 pages
  • 100 illustrations
  • English language
  • Released in October 2014
  • W 39.3 x L 47 x D 7 cm
  • Hand-bound limited edition in a linen clamshell Case
  • ISBN: 9781614282105
  • 9.072 kg

You don’t need us to explain the relation between motor racing and time. Ever since the glory days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, watch manufacturers have supplied drivers with their latest chronographs, and had their logos stitched into the fireproof suits of racing royalty.

For this 144-page handbound book, Assouline consulted historian Nicholas Foulkes (who needs no introduction in the watch community) to select the 100 breakthrough timepieces of the 20th century, all whilst paying close attention to factors such as rarity, costliness, historical importance, innovation and of course design. With such a deep passion for watches at 8JS, we had to share this with you!

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DESCRIPTION

In this stunning new addition to the Assouline series, British historian Nicholas Foulkes has selected the 100 breakthrough timepieces of the twentieth century, weighing the virtues of rarity, costliness, innovative functions, historical importance, grand provenance, and pleasing design. The watch—a microcosm of hundreds of minute components interacting harmoniously with each other and bound within a case of precious metal— has the power to awaken emotions, excite the imagination, and inspire the same passion as great art. Beautiful timepieces invite us to join a story, and the narrative that these 100 examples unfold is that of one of the most exciting and dynamic periods in human history.

These miniature machines reflect the last century’s incredible technological advances and social changes, from the invention of the airplane to the effects of two world wars to the advent of space exploration and the dawn of the digital age. Featuring illustrious names such as Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Tag Heuer, these 100 timepieces include the 1915 Omega Lawrence of Arabia aviator chronograph, the 1962 Breitling Cosmonaute , and the 1985 Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium . This hand-bound oversize luxury edition features handtipped images and is presented in a linen clamshell case.

Accessories

Complimentary white gloves and signature canvas tote bag
are included with each purchase from Assouline's Ultimate Collection

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

British historian, author, and journalist Nicholas Foulkes is cofounder and editor in chief of Finch’s Quarterly Review, luxury editor of British GQ, and contributing editor to Financial Times’s How to Spend It and Vanity Fair. His other books for Assouline include High Society : The History of America’s Upper Class (2008), Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century (2011), Nardi (2012), and Swans: Legends of the Jet Society (2013).

CRAFTSMANSHIP

Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Treating a range of topics from jewelry and fashion, fine art and the ‘Impossible Collections,’ the Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signaling a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.