On the surface, Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is composed of art books with beautiful oversized, glossy images destined to be coffee table centerpieces. On closer examination, though, there’s much more to these volumes; covering a wide array of topics, each book is compiled and penned by authorities in the given field of study. The materials themselves are equally as impressive as the content; each Ultimate Collection book is bound by hand using traditional techniques on art-quality paper, and comes nested in a linen clamshell case too. Lucky for you, we have a few of our favorite volumes available right now in the HODINKEE Shop, including one of the latest additions to the Ultimate Collection lineup: Rolex: The Impossible Collection.
Rolex: The Impossible Collection

Rolex can trace its roots back to 1905, when Hans Wilsdorf founded ”Wilsdorf and Davis” in London. In 1919, the company relocated to Geneva and became Rolex. Since then, the Rolex name has become synonymous with precision, with the manufacturer achieving such horological milestones as producing the first waterproof watch, the first watch with a date that changed automatically, and the first watch waterproof to 100 meters. Rolex models introduced in the mid-1900s like the Datejust, Submariner, Daytona and GMT-Master remain iconic and sought-after pieces today. A case in point: the Daytona that belonged to Paul Newman was auctioned for $17.8 million by Phillips in New York in October 2017.
The latest addition to the Ultimate Collection series,*Rolex: The Impossible Collection*provides*a close look at some of the most important Rolex watches (including some never seen in print before), highlights from the brand’s history, as well as profiles of famous watches and the people who wore them, all in a 200-page beautiful, handcrafted volume. This book is a must for any Rolex collector, but we strongly recommend it for any watch enthusiast. Learn more and purchase your copy here.
The Impossible Collection of Cars

There are two ways you could see the most beautiful cars in the world: visit Ralph Lauren's garage or read this masterful book. The famous automotive journalist Dan Neil – who, among other things, is the only automotive columnist ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism – has rounded up the 100 most breathtaking cars of the 20th century; it'll make you wish you could climb into a time machine for a trip to the past to bring back your own Silver Ghost from 1911 or a DB4GT from 1961.
Though this book is of course aimed at automotive enthusiasts, we think this spectacular volume has much broader appeal, especially to anyone interested in the evolution of industrial design, as well as anyone who just wants to see one of the most magnificently and lavishly produced books we've ever come across. See more about this volume and purchase your copy here.
The Impossible Collection of Watches

Penned by noted author and Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve juror Nicholas Foulkes,*The Impossible Collection Of Watches*combines the charming bon vivant’s trademark wit and wisdom with the oversized, glossy images for which Assouline is known.
This collection of the 100 most important watches of the 20th century provides a wonderful guide to both the best known families of watches – i.e. the Cartier Tank – and some individual mega-watches, like Eric Clapton’s personal Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph, which sold for over $3*million.*Foulkes’s analysis of each timepiece individually, and what the wristwatch – and time itself – means to all of us is worth a read on its own. Even serious collectors will surely be exposed to a few rare watches not commonly known to the public, and this is a most enjoyable read from a top-tier author, produced by an expert publisher. Click here to learn more and to purchase.
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