The collection draws inspiration from the Tiffany & Co. gold timepiece offered to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his birthday in 1945 and in celebration of the end of WWII. The president wore the watch with the case-back inscription “Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with loyalty, respect and affection” to the historic Yalta Conference, first historic event to be accompanied by the Tiffany timepiece. Loyalty, respect and affection are exactly what Tiffany has shown towards the CT60’s various lovely pieces.
The watches are powered by the most precise Swiss movements and are embellished by fine techniques such as Côtes de Genève, Colimaçon and Perlage finishing. The CT60 3-Hand men collection comprises four 40mm stainless steel models and two 18k rose gold ones, with black, blue or brown alligator straps or steel bracelets. All eight also come in a 42mm Chronographe line with the same case materials, straps and bracelets. The blue soleil dial and silver poudré numerals are quite striking, and seem to reflect a cheerful Manhattan mood under blue summer skies, while the brown soleil dial is reminiscent of autumn in New York. The black dial is a clear reminder of the city’s mysterious nights and its more formal business districts.
The 34mm CT60 3-Hand line for women includes five stainless steel designs with white, blue or gray soleil dials and round-cut brilliant diamonds on two of the models. A fifth version and only 18k rose gold in the female category comes with a brown soleil dial with gold poudré numerals, enhanced by diamond on the bezel and a brown alligator strap. A limited edition of 60 numbered 18k rose gold calendar pieces with a 42-hour power reserve was also created. This limited line boasts a shock-absorption system and a sapphire crystal display.
As life in New York changes pace on a daily basis, the collection changes “face” with the Tiffany East West pieces, literally turning the rules of watchmaking around in the shape of a 90degrees-rotated stainless steel, rectangular case, housing a black, white or blue dial and sporting a black or navy alligator strap. The 9 o’clock indicator is positioned at the usual 12 marker, replacing the 3 by 12 and so on. We’ve had the pleasure of trying the quirky watch and we can say with confidence that it reads easily when the arm is parallel to the upper body. Quite an effective way of sneaking a glance at the time in tricky situations!
The CT60 wearers are self confident people, those who choose something different; a unique watch for a unique person. For Tiffany, status, craftsmanship and design are the key elements in making a watch. And having seen the collection up close, we vouch for those qualities in the beautiful pieces.
Picture credits: Watch shots – © Tiffany & Co. / Tiffany Fifth Avenue boutique and Atlas clock – Courtesy of the Tiffany & Co. Archives