What to Know About the The New Tiffany & Co. Metro Watch

Nicola Andreatta, Vice-President and General Manager Tiffany & Co. Swiss Watches, tells all you need to know about the latest Metro watch collection



«The idea was to reference our authority in diamonds, and to make sure that we put value into diamonds.»
Each morning, Nicola Andreatta, Vice-President and General Manager, Tiany & Co. Swiss Watches takes a 20-minute drive from his hometown of Como and crosses the Italian-Swiss border to reach Chiasso, where the headquarters of Tiany & Co.’s Swiss watch business can be found. Though the heart of the Swiss watch industry lies further north in the chillier Jura mountains, the Italian watch boss has broken with tradition, swayed by the south’s lakes and nice weather, for which he credits the happiness of himself and his team. Andreatta was brought into Tiffany & Co. a little more than four years ago, tasked with rebuilding the American brand’s watch business. Though its watchmaking pedigree stretches back to 1837, this side of the business had lost its way, following a messy (and expensive) split from Swatch Group in 2011, just three years into a licensing agreement. Since its revival in 2015, Tiffany & Co. Swiss Watches has been developing its own manufacturing capabilities, as well as building partnerships with a litter of horological ateliers across Switzerland. When it comes to diamonds, though, Tiany remains the expert, and its latest watch collection Metro confirms it.

  • Nicola Andreatta, Vice-President and General Manager Tiffany & Co.

    Nicola Andreatta, Vice-President and General Manager Tiffany & Co.

Nicola, what made you use a diamond as the crown of the Metro watches, rather than just setting a diamond into a crown?
Surely that would have been easier. The idea was to reference our authority in diamonds, and to make sure that we put value into diamonds. We created a new setting for the crown with three prongs. The difficult thing was to make sure that the setting would properly hold the stone, while at the same time allow for more light to get in, and so more fire.

Each diamond has a serial number lasered onto it. Can you tell us more about this?
It allows us to know the full his- tory of every stone in our products. We follow the mining, the cutting, the polishing, and then we set the stone ourselves. We put the serial number over 70 points on the diamond. We thought it was a very beautiful thing, because that makes every watch unique.

Can you see the serial number after the diamond is set?
If you use a very powerful microscope, you can see the number on one facet after another. There was a moment when we thought, why don’t we equip every single store with a microscope so that we can show our customers? But we decided not to. It’s quite expensive for 310 stores.

The promotional video for the Metro collection starts with a close crop of the diamond crown, which makes it look very much like an diamond ring. Was this intentional?
The idea behind this watch is to connect our jewelry heritage with our watchmaking heritage. So, for example, the bracelet has been inspired by a piece of jewelry that was presented a few years ago; the case is referencing an asymmetrical case we found in our archives; as well as the dial, which has been inspired by a Patek Philipe Tiany watch created at the end of the 19th century.

You mentioned putting value into diamonds. How does the Metro collection do this?
Think about an engagement ring, and we do sell engagement rings, and a watch set with diamonds, and combine them. Yet, we are selling the en- try-level Metro model for less than US$4,000.

Could this be an alternative to the famous Tiany engagement ring? 

I was in Japan three weeks ago and they tell me it would be a good way to propose. Instead of a ring, you engrave the caseback, and you have the diamond. It’s not something you notice immediately, but it’s a nice surprise.


  • The new Metro watches collection

    The new Metro watches collection

  • The east-West collection

    The east-West collection

  • Tiffany & Co. watch from the archives

    Tiffany & Co. watch from the archives

  • The watch given to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his birthday in 1945

    The watch given to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his birthday in 1945

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