You can learn a lot in a “New York Minute” and that’s precisely what I did Wednesday evening at Tiffany & Co. I was at the luxury jeweler for a private viewing of their new CT60 watch collection. I can appreciate that famous phrase, coined by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany so long ago, because it emanates speed, efficiency and punctuality – qualities that make the world go round and help our society move minute to minute.
Perched at the corner of Newbury and Arlington (former home of Chanel for those of you who live and play in Boston’s Back Bay), this boutique-like shop is the retailer’s fourth location in Massachusetts. I entered a private lounge tucked behind twin pocket doors and was greeted with a glass of chilled-to-perfection Veuve Clicquot. Champagne at Tiffany! I could get used to this, I thought. Very used to this. Then there were a bevy of hugs and kisses exchanged with my friends Christine of Rules for the Modern Girl and Shauna of Like So Pretty.
Tiffany & Co.’s publicity team made us feel right at home. Their storytelling about the birth of the “New York Minute” and Tiffany’s quest for marking time by installing one of New York’s first public clocks, took me back to 1853. As an avid daydreamer, a well versed tale (like this one) easily paints a picture of a time and place well before my years. It’s clear that Tiffany could easily be crowned the Father Time of the nineteenth century.
Making its public debut yesterday, the CT60 watches pay homage to Tiffany’s legacy. The design was inspired by a timepiece the legendary innovator gave Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. Functioning seamlessly for both men and woman, these modern-day time-keepers include a chronograph in stainless steel with self-winding mechanical movement, blue soleil finishing and silver poudré numerals.
The collection starts at a mere $4,250 with the pièce de résistance, a brilliant 18-karat rose gold Calendar watch, topping things off at a cool $19,000 – a drop in the bucket for the well-heeled individual. With only 60 of these stunning Calendar watches produced worldwide, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re already sold out, my friends. But, not to fret because there are many other pieces in the CT60 collection and they’re not in limited supply. Try a few on for size this weekend at any Tiffany & Co. location worldwide including those in Massachusetts: Newbury Street, Copley Place, Chestnut Hill and Natick.
|Tiffany CT60 Calendar watch in 18k rose gold, 40 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a white soleil dial on a black alligator strap // $19,000|
|Tiffany CT60 Chronograph in 18k rose gold, 42 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a white soleil dial on a black alligator strap // $15,000|
|Tiffany CT60 3-Hand in stainless steel with round-cut brilliant diamonds, 34 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a white soleil dial // $8,750|
|Tiffany CT60 Chronograph in stainless steel, 42 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a white soleil dial on a black alligator strap // $6,750|
|Tiffany CT60 3-Hand in stainless steel, 34 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a blue soleil dial // $4,250|
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