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  • Writer's pictureMarc Jenni

Tri-Retrograde Chronograph

Updated: Feb 22

Location: St-Sulpice, Vaud, Switzerland

Date: June 30, 2006

The idea behind the Tiffany Mark T-57 Tri-Retrograde Chronograph was already born in 1997 when Paul Gerber presented his first retrograde second indication. Why not combine the retrograde indication with a chronograph function?

In 2001, I presented the first look and feel to the Tiffany management. Still too early to start the prototyping since other developments were in the pipeline. Towards the end of 2004 we startet the development.

The tri-retrograde chronograph is a complication that is fully functional and yet startlingly different. Instead of using normal round subdials, this watch uses a ‘flyback’ feature that swings through an arc. When the elapsed seconds or recorded time total is at the end of the arc it ‘flies back’ to the zero mark and begins again.

The T-57 Retrograde chronograph was available in 18K rose gold or stainless steel and houses an integrated retrograde chronograph. Ingeniously conceived and designed entirely by Tiffany & Co's development team, it's paired with a modified automatic Valjoux base movement, which adds just 0.20mm additional thickness to entire movement assembly.

With an additional 15 jewels for a total of 39 jewels compared to the base movement. The movement performs at 28’800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and is crafted with the highest finishing standards.

Introduced in the summer of 2006, the Tiffany Mark T-57 Tri-Retrograde chronograph sets a new standard with a sporty look highlighting a unique complication. Drawing upon the strong design elements of T-57, the new model is slightly larger to accommodate the exclusive automatic chronograph movement.

The rose gold version also made it's way to the nomination of the "Watch of the Year 2006" contest.


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