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As the nights draw in, and the temperatures drop, there’s nothing quite like staying in and flicking through the pages of a beautiful coffee-table book. In anticipation, we’ve rounded up the best of this autumn’s releases. 

The Impossible Collection of Watches – Nicholas Foulkes
 
Historian Nick Foulkes has compiled a book of the 100 watches that marked the 20th century. From Blancpain to Ulysse Nardin, the book takes the reader on a journey through time and its timepieces. The book is a hand-bound limited edition which comes in a linen clamshell case.
 
Assouline, September 2014, £420
 


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Vivienne Westwood – Ian Kelly
 
There’s been a lot of hype around the first authorised biography of Vivienne Westwood. Part memoir, part biography this volume by Ian Kelly gives an insight into one of Britain’s most iconic designers. “The living deserve respect. The dead deserve the truth; Ian and I are working together on this and I am excited that this will be my story, the story nobody ever did before.”
 
Picador, September 2014, £25
 


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Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion – Hélène Farnault
 
Filled with 330 images, depicting the ateliers of artisans such as embroiderers, lace-makers and perfume makers, the book takes the reader behind the closed doors of haute-couture houses and their workshops. With a foreword by Hubert de Givenchy, this promises to be a book which truly highlights the wonderful world of luxury craftsmanship.
 
Thames & Hudson, September 2014, £32
 

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Dior: The Perfumes – Chandler Burr
 
The prospect of depicting perfume in a book might seem difficult but scent critic Chandler Burr is doing just that. He explores Dior’s relationship with perfume, tracing 65 years of the house’s olfactory history.
 
Rizzoli, September 2014, £70
 

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