Massimo Vignelli & Peter Laundry, artwork for brochure Time, 1983. From the Imagination Series by Champion Papers, USA. Courtesy of PastPrint.

"History records the first wristwatch as one worn by Queen Elisabeth in 1572. Since then watches have come in every size, shape, style and ornamentation. During the 1800s, pocket watches with their elaborate chains were status symbols for men. Real men didn’t wear wristwatches until brazilian aviator pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont ordered one made for him by Cartier 1904. A Bulova wristwatch was Charles Lindbergh’s timepiece on his flight across the Atlantic.

Edward East, clock watch, 1645. London. This clock-watch strikes the hours and has an alarm mechanism. East was Chief Clockmaker of King Charles II. Via V&A

Johannes Nussbiegel, Picture book about Mammals, The Hedgehog, 18th century. Copper engraving, hand-colored. Via DIPF

Sarah Price, Illustrations of the Fungi of Our Fields and Woods, 1864-65. Hand-colored lithographed plates. Via dreweatts

Sarah Price, Illustrations of the Fungi of Our Fields and Woods, 1864-65. Hand-colored lithographed plates. Via dreweatts

Flemming Lassen, attributed, lounge chair, 1940. Sheepskin, stained beech. Denmark. Via Wright

Ornamental decoration, graphical elements of a book, 1736. Wood Cut, Germany. Via DIPF

Jacques Poirier, Artnica, 1997. Painting. Collection Ian M. Cumming. Exhibition Art and Illusions, Palazzo Strozzi, 2009. Read more: nytimes

Jacques Poirier, Artnica, 1997. Painting. Collection Ian M. Cumming. Exhibition Art and Illusions, Palazzo Strozzi, 2009. Read more: nytimes

Peter Saville, album cover artwork for China Crisis ‎– Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms - Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain, 1982. Virgin , UK.