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With The Tiffany CT60 Watch The Minutes Sparkle Like Diamonds

BY Damion Matthews - Photos by Drew Altizer - October 9, 2015


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Time flies, and sometimes it lingers or even stands still. We wait for it to come, or to pass, but mostly, time is a big, drab hassle.

For some, however, time sparkles.

Tiffany Displays the CT60 Collection at the Traina Residence
Tiffany Presents the CT60 Collection at the Traina Residence

This occurred to me recently as I gazed at the magnificent new diamond-bordered Tiffany CT60 Watch at a cocktail party hosted by IfOnly.com founder Trevor Traina at his and Alexis Traina’s beautiful house in San Francisco. How special each moment can be when the minutes sparkle like diamonds!

The Tiffany CT60 3-Hand 34MM Watch, $8,750
The Tiffany CT60 3-Hand 34MM Watch, $8,750

The new watch collection, meticulously crafted in Switzerland, is inspired by a Tiffany & Co. 14k gold watch given to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, which Roosevelt wore to the Malta and Yalta Conferences. I’m just crazy for the 1940s font used in the lettering.

The Original: Franklin D. Roosevelt's Tiffany Watch. c. 1945
The Original: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Tiffany Watch. c. 1945

My favorite in the collection is a three-hand stainless steel design circled by 60 diamonds.

The stainless steel links and white soleil dial, with subtle accents of gold, seem to me a striking example of modern elegance, rooted in a tradition of quality craftsmanship but with a clean, 21st century aesthetic.

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The Tiffany CT60 Rose Gold Chronograph Watch, $15,000
The Tiffany CT60 Rose Gold Chronograph Watch, $15,000

Also beautiful is an 18 karat rose gold calendar watch with a 42-hour power reserve, shock-absorption system and sapphire crystal display back. It’s created in a limited edition of 60, each numbered on the case back.

Tiffany's Federico Sandino with IfOnly.com Founder Trevor Traina
Tiffany’s Federico Sandino with IfOnly.com Founder Trevor Traina

“We invented the ‘New York Minute,'” said Tiffany representative Federico Sandino, at the Traina party, explaining that “in 1853 Charles Lewis Tiffany put a clock on top of the store, like all our stores do now, but back then public clocks were not a commonplace. Everyone in New York City would come down and set their time to the Tiffany clock.”

Ellie Prezant and Peter Celinski
Ellie Prezant and Peter Celinski admire the Tiffany collection

Sandino and his team guided guests through the new collection, pointing out some of the time-honored Swiss watchmaking techniques used in the pieces, such as the Côtes de Genève, Colimaçon and Perlage finishing, and numerals made of either silver or gold poudré, creating a quite wonderful texture.

The Tiffany CT60 collection starts at $4,250.

See more from the Tiffany presentation below!
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Alexis Traina, Trevor Traina
Alexis Traina, Trevor Traina

Andrew Venturi, Allison Speer, Trevor Traina
Andrew Venturi, Allison Speer, Trevor Traina

Alexis Traina, John Lenzi, Stephanie Lenzi
Alexis Traina, John Lenzi, Stephanie Lenzi

Ellie Prezant and Peter Celinski
Ellie Prezant and Peter Celinski

Alec Perkins, Katy Williams
Alec Perkins, Katy Williams

Blaine Horvath, Trevor Traina, Julie Herrin
Blaine Horvath, Trevor Traina, Julie Herrin



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