During the 1860s and 1870s, Tiffany Timers, as they were called, were made at Tiffany's own Geneva manufacturing shops along with the superb watches it imported as the exclusive American representative of Patek Philippe. They were an instant hit, and became the preferred timepiece of an impressive list of clients including statesmen, social icons and wealthy businessmen. Tiffany & Co. was instrumental in making the watch an indispensable fashion accessory for men and women, a treasured possession, and a vital component of every jewellery collection. John Loring, who is the current Director of Design at Tiffany's traces this fascinating history with an colourful text and comprehensive glossary of terms.
John Loring, design director of Tiffany & Co. since 1979, is the author of a series of books on Tiffany style and entertaining. He graduated from Yale University and has an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. He is on the acquisitions committee of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He lives in New York City.