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Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The year 2015 marked the “return” of Tiffany & Co. as a watch maker with the debut of their new CT60 collection. aBlogtoWatch debuted the larger Tiffany & Co. CT60 watch collection here, and prior to the hands-on debut, I had an opportunity to meet with some representatives from the brand to check out the larger collection hands-on. Today, I bring you a full review of the blue-dialed version of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph on a bracelet – a timepiece that I’m happy to say has given me a lot to talk about.

I’ll start with a bit of my own history with the Tiffany & Co. brand as a producer of timepieces. As I was becoming a watch lover in the early 2000’s, I eventually started to come across Tiffany & Co. branded watches, which thoroughly inspired me not because of their conservatism but rather because of their pronounced avant-garde (yet refined) qualities. One of my first grail watches (I never ended up getting one) was a Tiffany & Co. Steamerica produced in the 1990s, and very early on into the life of aBlogtoWatch in 2008, I purchased and reviewed a Tiffany & Co. Mark T-57 watch – which I still think was a cool and appropriately varied collection of formal-minded sport watches. More so, I observed with interest other timepieces from Tiffany & Co. such as models in the well-established Atlas collection.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

In 2010, Tiffany & Co. debuted their first collection of timepieces produced in collaboration with their new partner The Swatch Group – a family of timepieces that I was not particularly shy about expressing my dissatisfaction with. It wasn’t that the timepieces were of a low quality, but rather that their designs were not what I felt matched consumer expectations of the storied American luxury brand. The relationship between Tiffany & Co. and The Swatch Group eventually dissolved over differences in opinion over strategy. The Swatch Group went on to purchase Harry Winston to satisfy their desire for a jewelry brand (that also made watches), learning from the Tiffany & Co. relationship lesson and, in my opinion, making better use of their new American-founded luxury jewelry brand.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tiffany & Co., on the other hand – without an internal capacity to produce watches – needed to make a decision about the future of its timepiece offerings once it was clear that their partnership with The Swatch Group was coming to an end. While the mainstay of Tiffany & Co.’s profits come from silver and jewelry items (to my knowledge), the importance of a strong “watch portfolio” cannot be discounted – especially given the solid retail foundation of the company. It is, in fact, the important brick and mortar retail presence of Tiffany & Co.’s many stores which makes it so attractive to them to have a strong in-house watch brand – not to mention the company’s own impressive history with timepieces.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Thus, several years ago, the decision was appropriately made that Tiffany & Co.-branded timepieces would necessarily be part of the company’s long-term goals. But where to start back up? I imagine the internal discussions at Tiffany & Co. regarding what their next generation watches would be like were extremely interesting. Continue where the brand left off at its strong point more than five or six years ago? Offer new versions of existing model collection such as the Atlas and gloss over a few years of models that they didn’t feel connected with the brands image? Or perhaps metaphorically “wipe the slate clean” by presenting a brand new collection that would reset the face of Tiffany & Co. watches for a new generation of customers?

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Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The final decision, in many ways, was a combination of all these directions, but the overarching theme was one of a “thematic reset” where the now-named “CT60” collection would dominate the fresh face of the brand’s watch offerings – by ironically going back to some of its design roots circa the mid 20th century. From there, basing the core theme on a very classic look, Tiffany & Co. would be free to discover for itself where its watch branding and design should go. Just as a reminder, “CT” stands for the company’s founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, and “60” merely represents the number of minutes in an hour, or seconds in a minute.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

And thus, as I explained in the above linked-to introduction article from April 1st of 2015, the Tiffany & Co. CT60 collection was born. The core dial and case design was inspired by a Tiffany & Co. timepiece from 1945 that was gifted to American President FDR, which – as I will explain – is framed by numerous modern elements that first present a retro-inspired timepiece that is ultimately very contemporary in its execution.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The decision to “go retro” in terms of the core theme is no doubt due in part to the recent popularity of vintage timepieces or more traditional designs. In fact, just as Tiffany & Co. wanted to reset its thinking on the design of watches going back to parts of its origins, the watch industry at large underwent a similar resetting after the economic crash of 2008. One of the reasons that traditional watch designs are still so successful is that they primarily focus on important elements such as design versatility and, more importantly, legibility. In an era where watch executives often suggest “people don’t buy watches to tell the time,” we are inundated with poor-quality “lifestyle designs” which seem to emphasize form over function. This thinking is quite wrong and, by intent or by accident, more simple and legible dials with just a touch of decorative class have for the most part been favored by a large number of high-end watch consumers.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

I say all this as a means to explain why to some more seasoned watch lovers’ eyes the Tiffany & Co. CT60 collection may look basic – especially in contrast to much that bore the brand’s name over the last 15-20 years. I will admit that, at first, I too was not immediately excited by the design of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 watches. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them – quite the contrary, because I did. Though, my sentiments were more akin to “these are quite marketable,” versus, “I have to have one.” That is mostly because my own watch tastes are often quite exotic or at least about less orthodox designs. Here was a rather conservative watch with a dial inspired by something from 1945 that looked a bit too mature and buttoned-up for someone living in Los Angeles who rarely wears long sleeves.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

As is the case with some watches I end up being quite fond of – the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph needed to grow on me. I now rely on the watch as a very important part of my personality when I want to look responsible and adult. It is also quite difficult to resist the not-so-subtle sheen on the sunray-finished metallic blue “soleil” dial (which also comes in gray and silver versions).

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

A hallmark element of the dial design is the handsome, mid-century sans-serif Arabic numerals which mostly populate the hour ring. These are created using “silver poudre” which is literally a form of colored powder. Slightly raised off the dial, these offer excellent legibility along with the hands. Unfortunately, the numerals do not have luminant; only the hour and minutes hands do. What I think Tiffany & Co. most got right with the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph dial (there is a three-hand version as well) is the symmetry and balanced proportions.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

In true “retro spirit,” the chronograph dial only uses two subdials – one for the subsidiary seconds and one to track the chronograph minutes (up to 30). At 6 o’clock is a window for the date. Moreover, even though there isn’t much luminant on the dial, the finishes and sense of contrast on the dial work quite nicely to ensure legibility – even when light reflects on the domed sapphire crystal.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

At 42mm wide, the Tiffany & Co. CT60 comes in both steel and 18k rose gold (though not for all dial colors, including this blue which is only available in the steel case). Currently, the bracelet option is only available in steel. While the CT60 Chronograph does look handsome on the matching alligator strap, I do greatly recommend the bracelet. The connection point of the where the strap fits is rather high up on the lugs near the case – which causes much of the comparatively long lugs to jut out in a way that isn’t ideal. Alternatively, the lugs appear to be more specifically designed for the accompanying bracelet which removes the “stick-out-lugs” issue altogether.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

If anything, Tiffany & Co. knows the importance of having a little pizzazz in even the most conservative of designs. It is this latter element which I think helps the Tiffany & Co. CT60 collection work so well. Despite the highly effective legibility and utility of the watch in general, there are some little bits and pieces of glimmer, shine, and polish that catch your eye in just the right way. It is actually Rolex who is a master at this craft, carefully designing visual cues into many of their watches which are intended to exist not for the wearer, but for people seeing the watch on the wrist of the wearer.

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  • Luciano Oliveira

    Expensive for what it is. A Longines would make a better value proposition since the Tiffany brand misses on credibility, appeal, recognition to justify such price premium.

  • Ulysses31

    I find it very attractive and inoffensive, but not daring or distinctive in any way.

    • DanW94

      Agree – I was thinking the same thing. A perfectly acceptable, but otherwise plain jane chrono. Unless you absolutely have your heart set on a Tiffany, you can find a more distinctive watch at a more attractive price.

  • This design is safer than a padded butter knife

  • It looks like the Shinola Runwell, another overpriced offering from a brand that doesn’t quite understand the market, and instead believes their success hinges on “reinvention”.

    • Isn’t Shinola doing quite well overall, in terms of sales?

      • They are, and have now branched out into making bicycles, dog beds, and iPhone cases. Remember when FP Journe started offering dog beds? Me neither.

        Point being, a person looking specifically for something called “luxury watch” might turn to Tiffany and spend $7,000 simply because it has the word ‘Tiffany’ on the dial. People equate Tiffany with luxury. But a person who knows watches would laugh at such a boring offering and poor value and keep moving. Just like a person who knows watches wouldn’t spend $800 on a quartz chronograph from Shinola, but some hipster millennial who thinks he’s ‘saving American jobs’ might.

        Shinola and Tiffany aren’t watchmakers any more than is Michael Kors. They’re companies that sell an image and a philosophy, and a pretty transparent one at that. Sorry, that turned into a rant.

        • imageWIS

          You know that an FP Journe dog bed will be the best and most innovative dog bed in the world. =)

          • iamcalledryan

            It’s Rose Gold

  • Marius

    This is a very generic and boring offering from Tiffany, a brand specialized in offering either bland or monstruosly ugly watches.

    Moreover, the price is very high considering the pedestrian movement used. Tiffany, as a watch brand, is basically zero, so the brand name mark-up should be adjusted accordingly. For $7,000 you can buy a Cartier with a proper in-house movement, and Cartier, overall as a brand, is ten leagues above Tiffany.

  • Yehuda

    I have never seen a review on this site where the answer was “no” to the question “Would reviewer personally wear it.” Since there seems to be a perfunctory “yes” to this question in every scenario, why not just eliminate it. IMHO, and respectfully, the “Necessary Data” section would be much improved if it served to collect more raw data about the watch beyond just the diameter, such as: (1) thickness; (2) interhorn; (3) caliber and source of manufacturer; etc. I do like the “best” and “worst” characteristics sections.

  • JPonce

    I got the chance to look at this watch in Tiffany store in NYC during the new years. I have to say the finishing is pretty darn good, but the price is just out of the place for a rather generic looking watch. If they drop it to sub 4k then they have a case here.

  • funNactive

    I love the design of the bracelet. @ 42mm, I wouldn’t want it any larger. I like the date at the 6. Sports watches require lume on the hands & hour markers.

  • Sevenmack

    Very Shinola Runwell of Tiffany. Do like the orange second hand and accent around the chapter ring. But you could get a Shinola for less. Or even a Bulova Precisionist Wilton.

  • This Dude

    Very disappointing Tiffany went the generic way instead of somewhat interesting designs around year 2000.

    The bracelet is the highlight, perhaps they should be just selling bracelets by themselves.

  • Roman Klime

    Nice watch, I would by one. But, the second hand seems to be a weak spot. It looks little alien, like it was taken from a different watch.

  • Mark Miller

    Ariel, another good article and review. I know I probably will be in the minority on this, but I love the look of the CT60’s. I feel a watch should tell the time, and easily at that. If a watch is so “haute” that it takes 10 minutes to read the time, then it’s not for me. Don’t get me wrong. I do appreciate the more interesting or complicated or artistic watches. I appreciate horology in all its forms. I think that where @Yehuda gets it wrong. When you appreciate all of horology, then you can’t go wrong with any watch on your wrist. Especially when it can spark up interesting conversations.

  • Error404

    Seriously why do these watch reviews have to be over one page

    • iamcalledryan

      It’s to do with making the page load faster which in turn improves search engine optimization. I don’t like it either. Makes better sense to use a couple less photos if it really is that important to load quicker.

      • Error404

        Oh I get it. Still unintuitive all things considered though. I save a lot of articles on pocket and having to do two pages for one article sucks *first world problems*

  • BNABOD

    If I am going to have to pony up 7K for a steel watch w a 7750 in it then at least make it a flyback chrono like the B&M Capeland Flyback. I don’t care if the bracelet is lava infused from the depth of mount Etna. the watch is decent looking but I feel for the poor soul being trapped by the Tiffany field force when they eventually realized they could have paid about 2k for something similar.

  • Fooman

    I like this watch, but I would not buy it. Sorry but I’m not going to wear a Tiffany watch. That being said this might be a home run. Think about this, as readers of this site we tend towards a bias against non traditional watch makers making watches and somehow the eta movements are bad when not in an Omega, Brietling etc. Simply put we are not the market for this watch.

    On the other hand look at who I think is the main market for this watch, a non watch person looking at a Rolex. This is a straight shot over the Rolex bow, and a pretty compelling option for the traditional first time Rolex buyer. Ask some non watch friends to name and rank watch companies. Odds are You get Patek, Rolex, Omega, Brietling, and Tag in pretty much that order. Tiffany is well liked and respected by everyone, it has just as good street cred if not better when trying to impress a lady who sees the Tiffany name on the logo.

    The dial is well executed nice detailing nice sunburst, the traditional IE vintage elements are very well done, (minus lume on numbers) It is casual and could be used in a dressy application like a sub. The band is great looking although slightly mismatched to this watch (new watch buyer might not think that.)

    If this watch said Zenith instead of Tiffany and was 2k higher with an El Premiero movement. Or was the same price and a Longines, or a new Omega collection how would you feel about this watch then?

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    I was yawning during this article until I got to the price at the end. The blue of the dial looks nice though.

  • Alessio Maffei

    nice watch ! love the design. Very masculine.