With a new heritage-inspired collection of luxury timepieces, Tiffany & Co. returns to its roots—and gives Chicago’s smart set a must-have watch for 2015.
The limited-edition CT60 18k rose-gold calendar watch ($19,000) houses a Dubois-Depraz self-winding mechanical movement.
Charles Lewis Tiffany founded luxury goods emporium Tiffany & Co. in 1837, opening his first store on lower Broadway in New York. He began producing watches a decade later and, in 1853, Tiffany installed one of the city’s first public clocks—the famous nine-foot-tall Atlas clock—above the store. Today, highlighting the brand’s history (and continuing to emulate that Fifth Avenue Atlas clock that crowns many of the jeweler’s doorways around the world), Tiffany celebrates its heritage with the new CT60 watch collection.
“We like to think of ourselves as the creator of the New York minute,” says Jon King, executive vice president of Tiffany & Co., referencing the label’s legacy. “[In] the 1800s, when we put up one of the first public clocks, people would set their watches to match. It became a reliable time keeper.”
The nine-foot Atlas clock above the doorway to Tiffany & Co.’s Fifth Avenue flagship in NYC.
Tiffany & Co.’s CT60 collection pays tribute to that sentiment: Named in honor of Charles Tiffany himself and the 60-second minute, the collection is inspired by a Tiffany & Co. gold watch given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his 63rd birthday in 1945. The case back was inscribed with “Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with loyalty, respect and affection”; the watch recently found its way to Christie’s auction house, was reacquired by Tiffany & Co., and ultimately was the impetus for the new line.
The CT60 collection features all Swiss-made mechanical movements that are further hand-finished by skilled artisans.
The CT60 collection consists of 23 styles, all housing mechanical Swiss movements that are further hand-finished by individual artisans to achieve exquisite perlage and Côtes de Genève motifs. At the higher end of the line is the stunning calendar timepiece (based on the FDR watch), which is created in a limited, numbered edition of 60 pieces in 18k rose gold. Other timepieces include chronographs in stainless steel, and 3-hands in stainless steel and in 18k rose gold. Dials are finished with a soleil pattern and include blue, gray, brown, and white. $4,250–$19,000. 730 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-7500