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Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph & Annual Calendar Watches In New Gold Options For 2016

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph & Annual Calendar Watches In New Gold Options For 2016 Watch Releases

Continuing to flesh out their still-fresh CT60 collection, Tiffany & Co. has quietly released a few new gold versions of the modern yet classic-looking timepieces which make up the higher-end of the CT60 collection. This includes a new version of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph, as well as new versions of the most distinctive (and uncommon) Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar which currently tops out the CT60 collection for men.

I recently published my long-term review of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph watch here – which is a good survey of the concept behind Tiffany & Co.’s now-flagship watch collection, as well as my thoughts on the ownership and wearing experience. While intentionally conservative, I think the Tiffany & Co. CT60 family has the easy ability to grow on people, and I found it a more-than-capable and welcome daily wear for a range of situations. That, of course, was the steel model; in 18k gold, the character of this or any watch changes given the increased value and different type of potential owner that will choose a gold versus steel timepiece.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph & Annual Calendar Watches In New Gold Options For 2016 Watch Releases

The first new model is an 18k rose with “blue soleil” dial version of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph. This is essentially the gold variation of the steel Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph that I reviewed. Tiffany & Co. doesn’t currently seem to offer it on a matching gold bracelet (though that might be sort of cool), and rather attaches it to a matching blue alligator strap. The 42mm-wide case contains a Swiss La Joux-Perret automatic chronograph movement and is water resistant to 100 meters, making it sporty enough for versatile wear.

The brand already had versions of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph in 18k rose gold, but this added blue dial offers an additional, attractive look that works well with the eye-pleasing blue dial which has become a favorite on the steel Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph models.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph & Annual Calendar Watches In New Gold Options For 2016 Watch Releases

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph & Annual Calendar Watches In New Gold Options For 2016 Watch Releases

In addition to the new dial color for the 18k rose gold version of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph are new versions of the more limited-production Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar. You may recall that the entire CT60 watch collection was inspired by the design of a timepiece Tiffany & Co. had made for US President FDR in the 1940s. When Tiffany & Co. debuted the CT60 watch collection last year in 2015 (hands-on here), there was a limited edition model of the CT60 called the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar. With a cream dial, that previous limited edition model now gives way to one more limited edition, as well as an non-limited edition of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar.

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The new “unlimited” model of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar comes in a 40mm-wide 18k rose gold case with a “black soleil” dial. The stately look of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar’s design has perhaps never looked better in this color combination (in my opinion), and given the more unique layout of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar, this is where Tiffany & Co.’s collection draws a lot of its visual character.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph & Annual Calendar Watches In New Gold Options For 2016 Watch Releases

For the CT60 Annual Calendar watches, Tiffany & Co. uses a base Swiss automatic movement which has been modified and decorated by Dubois-Depraz. In addition to the time, the movement features a pointer-style date as well as a subdial for the month. It feels like a dial design which is common, yet this is a distinctive look for Tiffany & Co. At this price point, there is a lot of competition for annual calendar watches, but the legible, handsome looks of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar hopefully make a solid case for itself with fans of the design and the complication.

In addition to the non-limited 18k rose gold with black dial version of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar, there is a limited edition of 100 pieces 18k white gold version with a “gray soleil” dial that I think is quite fetching. Mostly monochromatic save for the red tip of the seconds hand, this “tuxedo piece” will prove an interesting model in the CT60 lineup. It also happens to be the only 18k white gold CT60 watch Tiffany & Co. currently produces, as far as I know. Price for the 18k rose gold Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph is $15,000. The Tiffany & Co. CT60 Annual Calendar in 18k rose gold price is $19,000, and the limited edition version in 18k white gold is $20,000. tiffany.com

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  • iamcalledryan

    I like these watches. They are really well balanced and legible. I might have preferred that the date hand be differentiated from the seconds with a flat tip.

    The Dubois-Dupraz calibre is reliable and traditional (cam actuated horizontal clutch). Although it will trigger the usual “you can get a third party chrono for less”, and that is true, you can also get a silver bracelet for less than in Tiffany.

    It is not sensible for every jeweler to fully integrate into an in-house manufacturer, so a reputable provider like D-D is a good move, and Tiffany has the heritage with their association with Patek etc. so I can see these being pretty popular amongst fans of the brand that are relatively new to collecting watches.

    • I realize the month sub-dial proves some work by Dubois-Depraz, but is that an ETA 7750 lurking about as the base movement?

      I concur with the Shinola comments. Not that this is a bad looking watch but it has a dated look that to my eye does not really spell vintage even though it’s suggesting it. Maybe the 1940s are just a hard period to get a “look” from.

      • Coert Welman

        From what I have read elsewhere, the chrono does seem to be based on a 7750. Which would explain the size and thickness. It is a pity the chrono is that much larger than the others. Those lugs are quite long as well, which would require a tree trunk of a wrist to pull off successfully.

        • I hear ya, but without a wrist shot there is real way to tell if the lugs curve downward enough to make the watch wearable on an average sized wrist or not. While this review did not have a wrist shot, the linked one does show Ariel wearing the chronograph and it looks fine (and he does not have a tree trunk wrist either, ha ha).

      • iamcalledryan

        It does resemble a 7750 from the movement side, but I don’t derive any negative connotations from that.

        To me this is a nice modern interpretation of a vintage style, as is Shinola. Again, I have no issue with that. They might look similar but they aren’t at all, not in the flesh side by side.

        The real question is, why not go all the way and reproduce this puppy?

  • funNactive

    I like triple date watches. This one with the month & date is missing the day of the week. If there’s only going to be 2, make it day & date (the 3rd is the month). I love the date on the outer ring with a hand pointing to it.

  • For when you really want the Shinola Runwell, but feel compelled to spend $19,000?

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    I like the colour scheme of the white gold version… Ant I think that’s pretty much it. Not sure that I will remember this watch tomorrow.

  • Bob hudson

    I never thought I would find a timepiece like Tiffany & Co’s CT60 Chronograph offered as a prize, but I hope to win it

  • Sevenmack

    Why doesn’t Tiffany just team up with Shinola? At least the watches would then have a little more credibility.

  • spiceballs

    Appreciate the D-D caliber and layout is good, but the watch seems somewhat “ordinary”. Tiffany, surely you can do much better?

  • Coert Welman

    This entire CT-60 range is absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the look of the chronograph and the annual calendar. The 40mm on the non-chrono models is also very nice. What I don’t like is the lume-less hour numbers. And the price of course. They are gorgeous, but really overpriced. Which makes the lack of lume even more galling.
    Still, absolutely gorgeous. I would wear any of these (in steel or white gold) in a heartbeat.

    • iamcalledryan

      Re the lume, they used gold powder instead, so although you lose night vision you cannot accuse them of cutting cost corners!

  • Marius

    Looking at the beautiful CT60 chronograph, which essentially is a $15,000 watch that uses a $1500 gold case and a $350 piece of s**t movement, I can’t help but think that the person prepared to buy this watch would have to be of a very peculiar type, and I don’t mean that in a positive way.

  • Lawrence

    I don’t know what is worst in a watch Tiffany or Mont Blanc. Tough call.

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