It might come as a surprise, but Tiffany & Co. has a legitimate history of fine watchmaking: they held a variety of watch-related patents at the turn of the 20th century, and were the first to import a stopwatch into America in 1868, the Tiffany Timer. And now watches are about to be a big part of their present. Earlier this year, the company famous for their jewelry and that little blue box introduced a new collection of watches under the CT60 moniker. The CT stands for Charles Tiffany, who is credited with coining the phrase “New York Minute” — hence the 60.
In reviving their American watch roots, Tiffany has recalled some of their classic mid-century designs for the CT60 collection; though there will be a variety of configurations, the CT60 Chronograph in particular harkens back to the stopwatch spirit of the Tiffany Timer, in wristwatch form. Its symmetrical proportions and subtle details shrug the usual sporty orientation of the complication. There are dual sub dials located at 6 and 9 o’clock: the former serves as the minute totalizer of the chronograph timing and the latter houses the running seconds hand. A push of the button located at 2 o’clock on the case will put the centrally mounted timing seconds hand into motion, tracking progress along the outermost track of the dial. In keeping things symmetrical, the date aperture is located at 6 o’clock on the dial, and it too receives a thoughtful execution of numerical design.
The Chronograph will clock in at 42mm, offered in dial colors including white, black, brown (with the 18k gold case) or a blue soleil dial and silver poudré numerals (pictured here). Inside each is a La Joux-Perret automatic chronograph calibre, which is visible through an exhibition case back. Which all represents a return to tradition from a great American watch brand. With the CT60 Chronograph, the company with the blue box gets a new chapter — built on a deeper foundation than most will realize.