eterna kontiki bronze


With several bronze watches already part of the KonTiki collection, Eterna has used the metal once again, this time with a wonderful green tone, midway between khaki and emerald green

The sea adventure undertaken by the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) and his crew on board their raft, the Kon-Tiki, ended 101 days and 8,000 km after they left Peru on 28 April 1947. Most of the crew were wearing robust Eterna watches that kept very accurate time during the whole Pacific Ocean crossing. A few years later, in 1958, the watchmakers took inspiration from this great human and technical adventure to create the KonTiki Eterna-Matic model. This then led to a whole collection, which has just been joined by the new KonTiki Bronze. Although bronze first featured in the family of watches in 2017, here it is combined with an attractive green tone on the dial and the bezel.

eterna kontiki bronze closeupThe KonTiki Bronze, an edition of just 300 pieces, displays a delicately sanded face coated with green, with the light bringing out all its nuances. Khaki, verdigris, emerald: the combination of colours is in wonderful harmony with the warm tone of the 44mm-wide bronze case. This resistant metal, made from a copper-based alloy, often takes on a slightly greenish patina on the surface due to oxidation or through contact with humidity. At the heart of this robust setting is the calibre EMC 3902A, an automatic movement made in-house by Eterna. Running at 4hz and with a power reserve of 65 hours, the calibre drives the dauphine-style, gilded and luminous hour, minute and second hands. The hands move around an hour rim made up of cone-shaped hour markers coated in Super-LumiNova®.

The watch includes a rotating bezel featuring a diving scale on a green ceramic ring. It is worn with a natural-coloured oiled leather strap with a bronze tang buckle.

Price: 3,100 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin