Eight years ago, Assouline composed a gargantuan book filled with the world’s most luxurious, envy-inducing timepieces. As with any space, eight years is a long time, in which several precious examples have proven to be some of the watch world’s finest. As a result, the publisher has reconvened with Nicholas Foulkes to release the second installment of The Impossible Collection of Watches.
From immensely rare Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks to the Cartier Turbine and other models from Richard Mille, Vacheron Constantin, and Rolex (obviously), there are over 100 new timepieces for fans of horology to revel in with this new limited edition book. Several notable examples include ones as luxurious as Jacob & Co’s Opera Godfather Musical Watch and others as timelessly elegant as the 1925 Patek Philippe Ref. 97975, the latter of which is often touted as the first perpetual calendar wristwatch.
Since writing the first Impossible Collection, Folks has worked with Assouline to highlight other elements of fashionable history, including a massive tribute to Art Deco-era Paris and Jaeger LeCoultre’s famed Reverso watch. Seeing as the historian and journalist is well-versed in the space, it only makes sense for him to highlight even more extraordinary watches in this latest, handcrafted addition to Assouline’s Ultimate Collection. Lastly, these gorgeous books are hand-bound in Italy using art-quality paper, nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, and neighbored by a signature canvas tote bag.
The Impossible Collection of Watches (2nd Edition) is available on Assouline’s webshop for $995.