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Tiffany & Co. CT60 DLC Black Watches

Tiffany & Co. CT60 DLC Black Watches Watch Releases

In 2015, Tiffany & Co. marked its proper return to the watch business with the CT60 collection. I say “proper” because prior to that time, its watches had actually been made by the Swatch Group since 2007. Tiffany & Co. and the Swatch Group entered into an agreement where the latter would design and produce Tiffany & Co. watches, but that agreement fell apart in 2011, and the Swatch Group subsequently sued and won $450 million in damages. With that in mind, it goes without saying that the CT60 collection is a pretty big deal for Tiffany & Co. as their current flagship men’s collection. And now, they are expanding the lineup with two new Tiffany & Co. CT60 DLC black watches.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 DLC Black Watches Watch Releases

The CT60 collection was inspired by a vintage Tiffany & Co. watch that was gifted to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945. Specifically, it was a triple calendar made by Movado for Tiffany & Co. But perhaps more importantly, it is known that President Roosevelt wore the watch to the Yalta Conference to discuss Europe’s postwar reorganization. Given the historical significance of the watch, and the fact that it is pretty darn handsome, Tiffany & Co. wisely decided to use it as the foundation for its new CT60 collection.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 DLC Black Watches Watch Releases

When the CT60 collection debuted in 2015 (hands-on here), it was available in a variety of models and case materials. There was a time-and-date three-hander, a chronograph, and a calendar model, available in stainless steel and gold cases. Overall, I found them to be more dressy than sporty. So it seems that these new black DLC models are an attempt by Tiffany & Co. at addressing fans who have clamored for sportier versions of the CT60 watches, and the NATO straps reinforce that image.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 DLC Black Watches Watch Releases

As mentioned earlier, there are two new black DLC models; the Three-Hand and the Chronograph. Both models will come with stainless steel cases with a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating. This coating not only gives the case its dark black finish, it is also said to be more resistant to scratches. The dimensions of the 100m water-resistant cases are unchanged, so the CT60 Three-Hand comes in at 40mm wide, while the CT60 Chronograph is 42mm wide (full review of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 Chronograph in steel here).

To complement the black DLC case, both models now have black fumé dials and come with black and gray striped NATO straps. The last notable change is the set of Arabic hour markers, which are now applied metal markers as opposed to the poudré numerals found on the earlier models. To ensure legibility, the dial has metal hour markers, metal hour and minute hands painted with white luminescent material, and white printing for the minute track.

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Tiffany & Co. CT60 DLC Black Watches Watch Releases

The black DLC CT60 Three-Hand is powered by a Sellita self-winding mechanical movement that is visible through the sapphire display case back. The movement features Côtes de Genève, Colimaçon, and perlage as decoration. The black DLC CT60 Chronograph, on the other hand, is powered by a La Joux-Perret self-winding chronograph movement. Both movements beat at 4Hz and offer around 42 hours of power reserve.

Tiffany & Co. CT60 DLC Black Watches Watch Releases

I have always thought that the CT60 watches looked quite handsome, and after looking at the press photos, I feel the same about these two new black DLC versions. They are definitely sportier than the earlier models, but they still retain a certain elegance – probably because of the somewhat classically styled dial and hands. The Tiffany & Co. CT60 Three-Hand is priced at $5,450, while the CT60 Chronograph is $7,450. tiffany.com

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  • Pete Pete

    now that’s what I call overpriced!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    $5500-$7500? Sellita? Tiffany? Time for a new CEO?

  • Word Merchant

    Can you explain again why these exist?

    • Pete Pete

      guys are forced to come to tiffany’s every now and then to temporarily fix the shattered remains of their relationship. and that’s when they’re vulnerable, easy targets. “what the heck, if I have to spend a fortune on that ungrateful c*** again I might as well buy something for me too.” and that’s exactly why these watches exist.

      • MeaCulpa

        And prenups, the difference being that a prenup is actually worth the money.

  • simon

    Folks…you are witnessing what happens when a brand does not have people in place who have their fingers on the pulse of the watch industry. If this watch came out 3-6 years ago then I think it wouldn’t be totally polarizing. The aesthetic and pricing structure of this is completely outdated.

    • MeaCulpa

      Releasing bland DLC pilot’s watches in 2017 and making a fuss about it, what’s next bronze dive watches released in 2022? Tiffany seems waaaay behind the ball. Or to mention the price.

  • Travis Cannata

    Always been annoyed by exhibition case-backs and decorated movements on a model coming standard with a NATO strap.

    • SuperStrapper

      I’ve always been annoyed by NATO straps period.

      • IG

        Surprise, you are selling leather straps. Real men wear NATOs though.

        • SuperStrapper

          Nope, try again.

          And little boys that aspire to be men one day like to say that real men wear natos.

          • IG

            Nope? You don’t have a non-NATO strap business?

          • IG

            Nope? So you don’t have a non-NATO strap business?

          • IG

            So you don’t have a non-NATO strap business?

  • egznyc

    Not going to get a lot of love here for these – just way too overpriced for an aesthetic that while “fine,” I suppose, is nothing special, either. To whom are they planning to sell – or should I say “market”? – these models? I assume only those enameled with the name on the dial?

    • MeaCulpa

      Wrong post

  • Mark1884

    At first glance I thought cool, a Tiffany sport watch. Further investigation reveals what a complete disaster this watch is.
    Tiffany: you are not doing yourself any favor by bringing this to the market. The “name” might warrant the 5k-7k price…….. but NOT the watch!

  • Phil leavell

    It’s probably a good thing that swatch were awarded 450 million at least shell slow their downhill slide. Reproduction Museum quality and craftsmanship will it be hilarious if they were bought out by seagull . This would probably reemployed a lot of watchmakers in Switzerland because seagull would have to bring people over train how to make a watch properly truly a win-win scenario that would be.This offering is truly Fox 6 and a golden writs turd

  • TrevorXM

    Gee, I didn’t realize that printing Tiffany & Co. on the dial adds $400 per letter to the price of a pedestrian watch!

  • Marius

    Looking at this Tiffany`s as well as at some of the watches presented on ABTW over the last few days — i.e. the $3,000 Rado; the $4,000 Giuliano Mazzuoli marble; and $7,000 Bulgari — one can quite clearly see why the watch industry struggles to sell its watches, and persuade the buyers.

    As far as I’m concerned, this Tiffany timepiece has one, and only one purpose: to ripp off unsuspecting, uninformed, and gullible buyers. I’m sorry, but I really don’t see what would warrant the almost $6,000/$8,000 prices. The design is extremely boring and “tired”; the Sellita calibers are unimpressive; and the Tiffany brand name is not exactly a strong name in the industry. What’s more, considering that at these prices you could easily purchase much better & interesting watches from JLC, Grand Seiko, IWC, Rolex, Omega, and so on, makes the existence of these Tiffany’s even more puzzling.

    • Berndt Norten

      Geritol set, blue rinsers and all their children. The ones who see that shrink ( you know the one in Beverly Hills)…. geezers and weezers

    • Yanko

      Very true observations.

  • It Doesn’t look very Tiffany

    • Berndt Norten

      She is a redhead after all

      • Moonraker

        Does the movement match the dial?

  • MeaCulpa

    Ah, quality writing with In depth analysis and deep thinking like this and the series on fixing the watch industry is the reason I come to this blog.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I am soooooo sad to see that a company like Tiffany ( ok, not the most watchy of names ) has put their name to this most uninspiring super boring™ piece of garbage. A ten year old could have done better with a black crayon. The size of the second hand drives me nuts. No back shot, can’t be much to see their either. Why did they bother ?

    • Phil leavell

      I believe it was Abba the thing about this money money money

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I agree, every company wants your money but a name like Tiffany i would have expected them to come up with something a bit more refined rather than a cheap plastic looking watch with a horrible nato strap…………..just awful.

        • Phil leavell

          2 a point you are correct but when your bleeding losses faster than your profits greed take over and what has Tiffany done for anyone lately team them up with the Swatch group who personified greed and Wallah that piece of crap is born

          • Raymond Wilkie

            The winner takes it all.

          • Phil leavell

            Unfortunately it is only the driving blood and source of the watch industry the true artists the people who create this that lose their jobs Tiffany and Swatch will continue to suck as much profits out of it as they can until swatches themselves go under or are bought out.

          • Berndt Norten

            Alec Monopoly is the true artiste of our horological times in which we live in

          • Berndt Norten

            I can hear your guns Raymondo

        • Berndt Norten

          Stop wasting my time
          You know what I want
          You know what I need
          Or maybe you don’t
          Do I have to come right flat out and tell you everything?
          Gimme some money, gimme some money
          I’m nobody’s fool
          I’m nobody’s clown
          I’m treating you cool
          I’m putting you down
          But baby I don’t intend to leave empty handed
          Gimme some money, gimme some money
          Oh yeah! Go Nigel, Go!
          Gimme some money, gimme some money
          Gimme some money, gimme some money
          Don’t get me wrong (Gimme some money, gimme some money)
          Try getting me right (Gimme some money, gimme some money)
          Your face is okay
          But your purse is too tight (Gimme some money, gimme some money)
          I’m…

  • SuperStrapper

    No one has picked on the colour accents yet, so I’ll get a few jabs in that way.

    But seriously, why red 99% of the time? This watch is completely achromatic, so why red? Too bad this company didn’t have it’s own signature colour that they laud endlessly and protect vehemently and that was named for them.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa88cfb33edad474f4709565473f74568d950b66319a868b35d12b6d778dab98.jpg

    Seriously, I can get a pair of Nikes or eyeglasses in the official colour but my Tiffany branded watch has red accents. It sounds petty but I would have had more respect for this watch. The accents are small enough it doesnt take away from any sportiness or masculinity, but it would immediately make sense even to the casual eye to see that name and that colour on the same product.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      i’ve got a pullover that very colour.

      • Word Merchant

        Upvoted for sartorial excellence.

    • Travis Cannata

      This was actually my first thought when I saw this watch, and I’m actually one of the (apparently) few fans of the CT60 collection. I don’t understand why they would use red accents instead of the Tiffany blue they 100% could have gotten away with and allowed the watch to be easily identifiable.

      I guess the goal is to compete with the look of a lot of these newer DLC coated sports watches so often found in red, but this almost looks like a Nixon on a NATO strap instead of a CT60.

      I was a bit disappointed.

      • SuperStrapper

        I don’t mind the ct60 styling either. The chronograph anyway. Which does have an interesting movement as well. They’re just overpriced. Even considering a 20% msrp reduction at a dealer it’s high. I imagine a very poor secondary market for them, which is good news if you like them. Buying a previously loved one could have a considerable markdown.

        This black chrono on a real strap could be a good rotation watch.

        • Travis Cannata

          I agree! I’ve seen them on the secondary market for significant markdowns (Like sub-$5k) which I feel is a more accurate price.

  • Moonraker

    I’m having trouble reading the room. So it’s a winner?

    • BNABOD

      For sure

  • Berndt Norten

    It’s nice to see an ABTW writer get in on the conversation and lend a critical voice to the armchair experts (je suis coupable) among us.

  • Moonraker

    Nice quality printing on those numbers, courtesy of https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b9de94b0b9062c7fd685559e4cef9e62e7e99ac8ec83ae31002bdaf89fd9fcff.jpg Shakes the Clown. Well printed, Shakes!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Where’s the shake ?. Put your reading glasses on : )

      • Moonraker

        And 40 looks like they whited it out and re-did it.

    • Berndt Norten

      Do fries go with that shake?

      • Moonraker

        They’re an extra $450. But the potatoes are peeled in house.

        • Berndt Norten

          Here’s my order, and make it tout suity garçonne-ay

          oxfilé serveras med parmesanrostad potatis

          • Moonraker

            I don’t speak foreign. One sec, I’m gonna get Egberto out here.

  • Richard carroll

    This range is ok but just a bit underwhelming when compared to the classic house brand and co-branded offerings of the past. It just doesn’t seem to have the design chops to live up to the famous name.

  • Framlucasse

    More than 5 grand for a Sellita, what an amazing deal… Watch of the year.

    • Mikita

      Hublot charge up to 35 grands for a Sellita, so sky is the limit.

      • Framlucasse

        Yes, since decency is not.

  • Ross Diljohn

    Dogs breakfast at Tiffanys.

    • Berndt Norten

      Brilliant!

      • Ross Diljohn

        Finally someone notices. I feel like we share some sort of unspoken bond now so let’s not speak of it.

  • nicedream06

    Sorry, there’s no way I am going to wear a pilot/field watch with a DLC case on a Nato strap that says Tiffany on the dial.

  • Yan Fin
    • PeteNice

      And a cheap Chinee POS

  • Dan

    Yep, I’ll just head over the to Omega boutique for my Speedmaster, for less $$.

  • A_watches

    i take the new 38mm zenith anyday

  • cluedog12

    To me these watches say, “Premium Store-Brand Merchandise”. Design looks good (but too safe), the dependable quality is there and the price is middle of the pack. It must offer more value than the #1 Brand and more quality than lesser store brands. Like President’s Choice (Canada) or Whole Foods 365 (US).

    As an addict of Cashew Butter, I’ve learned to pay the extra $3 for Nuts to You Cashew Butter when I shop at Whole Foods (which is not often because that store is ridiculous). You’re going to pay a lot of money for cashew butter no matter what, so what’s the point of saving a few dollars for cashew butter that is noticeably inferior?

    Tiffany is no Cartier and Whole Foods is no Pusateri’s.

  • spiceballs

    OK design but silly for this price ask. 100m water resistance for non-screw down pushers? This might last to just beyond the warranty period.

  • Chemistman

    Is it just me or is the comments section the best part of ABTW? Some of these are hilarious lol

  • BNABOD

    Nothing screams class more than Tiffany in pvd on a nato……good move

  • PeteNice

    Every time I see a piece from a brand like this, I just assume the price is based solely on the fact that people don’t know any better.

  • Ulysses31

    The asking price is a little much. Since Nato straps make every watch they’re on look cheap, i’d demand a discount. Otherwise, handsome watches with no glaringly ugly bits.

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