Rolex: The Impossible Collection


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Impossibly priced to boot, Rolex: The Impossible Collection, features 200 illustrations of the most valuable and technically innovative pieces the manufacturer has produced, as selected by Fabienne Reybaud, Senior Editor of watches and jewelry at the French daily newspaper Le Figaro.

The watches include some never seen in print, including the first Rolex wristwatch (early 1900s), the first Oyster Perpetual (1931), and an Explorer worn during Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest (1953). Other watches range to the Submariner worn by actor George Lazenby in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and a recently auctioned franken as well.

‘Rolex: The Impossible Collection’ is a coffee-table book as opposed to a reference book, so if you are looking for high-quality images this is worth a look (but not if you are looking for reference information). This followes in line with the series of ‘Ultimate Collection’ books from Assouline that use hand-bound using traditional techniques, color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, presented in a linen clamshell presentation case.

The book weighs in at a large 20 lbs across 194 pages, at W 15.55 x L 18.62 x D 2.95 in.

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