TNG Swiss Watches was founded in 1998 in the Netherlands, a country well known for it’s Dutch Design, innovative technology and water sports. This combination is TNG's DNA.
TNG is short for Tack & Gybe, the two main and critical sailing manoeuvres that often make the difference between winning and losing a regatta.
The first model by TNG Swiss Watches was a Sail Racing Watch. The input of top class racing sailors combined with Dutch Design and Swiss quality, accuracy and technology, gained international attention.
Today the TNG Swiss Watches collection contains a wide range. All models are Dutch designs and Swiss made. Manufactured at TNG's own facilities in Switzerland.
TNG partners with the most competitive and peak Race Sailing Class in the world, “J-Class”. And TNG is a sponsor and official Timekeeper for several worldwide sailing events and classic car rallies.
Timekeeping, classic sporting events and TNG Swiss Watches form the perfect match.
In 1998 Dutch Herbert Dercksen, Olympic sailor with several national, European and World titles to his name, and Frans Dingerdis, also sailor and sales & marketing specialist, founded the watch company Tack & Gybe International B.V. (TNG). In cooperation with Peter Stas, owner and managing director of the Swiss Frederique-Constant, and also Dercksen’s cousin, they developed the TNG Tornado Yacht Timer. The newly developed quartz regatta movement TG-298 does not only have the possibility to preset the traditional 5 and 10 minutes start, but also the new 3 and 6 minutes to comply with both the Olympic racing rules of sailing and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) starting procedures.
In 2004 the Austrian watchmaker Richard Habring was asked by TNG to investigate the possibility of developing an automatic version of the Tornado, based on an ETA/Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement. The same caliber that had been used before by both Atlantic, Eberhard, Memosail and Wyler Vetta in the 1980’s for their Regatta Yachttimers. As the regatta caliber 7757 was no longer available since 1988, Habring had to reproduce it starting again with the 7750. Doing so, two prototypes were made. One similar to the previous quartz version and one with an extra 60-minutes counter hand from the center.
In 2005 the third edition of the TNG watch brochure featured the Tornado MkII with an automatic movement. However this automatic MkII was not taken into production. Only a few models of the Tornado MkII were made, on special request only.
Then in 2015, 17 years since the introduction of the first TNG Tornado with quartz movement, TNG introduced a new flagship model range: the new Classic Tornado with automatic movement. Finally the new regatta movement was taken into production, after a long period of research and testing. A great combination between Dutch design and Swiss made perfection!
TNG's flagship model, the Classic Tornado Sailing Chronograph, is a high-quality fully automatic sailing timer and an exclusive limited-edition. The Tornado contains a Valjoux 7750 timepiece, completed with a TNG-engineered module to drive a disk that shows the five dynamic dots on its dial. Each dot represents one minute, so when it's running, one dot fully changes color every 60 seconds. Therefore this ultimate sailing timer is always ready for a five (or ten) minute countdown. The dial is also distinguished by a stylish tactical-planner layout to aid in navigation. This is a watch for winning a race and heading straight to dinner at the yacht club.
With a TNG Swiss watch you enjoy every second from start to finish. Dutch design, Swiss precision. TNG Swiss Watches has established its reputation world wide.
Changing temperatures, salt water spray at high speeds, high frequency of shocks. You must be able to rely on the resistance and precise functioning of your time indicator. TNG Swiss Watches are specially designed and manufactured to keep time in the most demanding circumstances.
Not only the durability and functionality are unique propositions that TNG Watches offer you. All designs offer a variety of bezels, dial plates and of course the straps.
International sportsmen and athletes all over the globe recommend and rely on TNG watches! TNG partners with the most competitive and peak Race Sailing Class in the world, “J-Class”. And TNG is a sponsor and official Timekeeper for several worldwide sailing events and classic car rallies.