Assouline’s Impossible Collection Of Watches

If there is a man who knows a thing or two about those stunning time machines it must be Nicholas Foulkes. The British historian, author, and journalist has written about watches for the last twenty-five years. He is luxury editor of British GQ and contributing editor to Financial Times’s How to Spend It and Vanity Fair.Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 3.31.03 PM

So next time you want to delve into the secrets of legendary watches, look no further. In this stunning new addition to his Assouline series, British historian Nicholas Foulkes has selected the 100 breakthrough timepieces of the twentieth century. 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, 1962 Breitling Cosmonaute, and the 1985 Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium. Beautiful timepieces invite us to join a story, and these 100 examples unfold the narrative of one of the most dynamic periods in human history.

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