ETERNA – GRANGES 1856
NEW COLLECTION, NEW HEART
Eterna is celebrating its 160th anniversary and hometown with a new collection fuelled by a new calibre.
Granges (or Grenchen in German) is a Northern Swiss town and commune nestled between the Jura Mountains and Aar River. Watchmaking came here in 1851, five years before Eterna was founded by Urs Schild and Josef Girard. A century later in 1958, Eterna made its mark with the Eterna-Matic fuelled by a self-winding mechanical calibre with a rotor on a rolling bearing. The low friction system absorbs shock and helps the oscillating weight to move. The five metallic spheres in a star shape (usually at 12 on the dial) have become the symbol and logo of the Granges-based brand.
Eterna is unveiling a new model to celebrate its 160th anniversary and pay tribute to the town where it was born and grew up: Granges 1856. There are ten versions of the timepiece all limited to 100 pieces. It comes in four colours (shimmering silver, anthracite grey, midnight blue and champagne) on domed sunburst dials with Arabic or Roman numerals. The design is reminiscent of 1958’s Eterna-Matic.
The hour rim on the dial bears Arabic numerals and applied markers (on the silver, anthracite and blue models) or Roman numerals (on the champagne model) with the minute track on the chapter ring. Two metallic dauphine-shape hands in the centre track the minutes alongside a baton-shape central seconds hand. A double date display with a dark or light background stands at 3.
Eterna spent six years researching and developing a new self-winding movement to fit the Granges 1856. The EMC 3030 calibre brings to life the time and date functions and 48-hour power reserve in the 42mm steel case with a sapphire case back so you can gaze at the movement.
Price: 4,900 CHF to 5,100 CHF eterna.com
By Sharmila Bertin