To say that 2016 is a big year for Swiss watch brand Eterna is probably one of the biggest understatements in women’s watches right now.
Not only have we hit the brand’s 160th anniversary, but there’s also a complete overhaul in process as we speak. The results will be formally unveiled at this year’s Baselworld, but we couldn’t resist showing you an early sneak peek of the new Ladies KonTiki Diver collection.
The first KonTiki Ladies watch was released 23-years ago, but 2016 was deemed the perfect time to give the classic design a modern upgrade. Combine this with the fact that Eterna is massively increasing its women’s watch offer in the coming months (think roughly 50-50 with men’s pieces) and we can’t help but feel a little bit excited.
It goes without saying that as a diver’s watch, the stainless steel case of the Lady KonTiki Diver is watertight to 200m. The collection is actually inspired by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands in 1947. Fortunately you don’t need to be a lover of open water to admire this new timepiece.
With its stainless steel and yellow gold PVD-accented case, the Lady KonTiki is reassuringly weighty with its classic sporty look. But it’s the dial and bezel where things start to morph into more contemporary territory. There’s definitely a self-confident edge to this piece that made us want to wear it for just that little bit longer!
There are a surprising amount of ‘little details’ on the Eterna Lady KonTiki, which all add up to create something a little more interesting than expected. The triangular index at the 12 o’clock neatly accents the sea-blue hue of the bezel, while the large three-dimensional numbers at the quarter hour successfully catch the eye. Of course, we can’t forget the diamond hour markers, the clean white dial and the golden hands. Within a 38mm case, these details offer just the right amount of intrigue without being overpowering – it’s a conversation rather than being shouted at.
At the back of the case atop the Selilta SW-200 automatic movement is a clever reminder of the design’s KonTiki heritage – the original 1947 raft used by Thor Heyerdahl etched into steel.
Look and feel
There are few frilly, girlish facets to this watch, but somehow it manages to be feminine. On the wrist it looks strikingly refined without being stuffy, and we can picture most men giving it a once over to see if it is something they could wear too (tell them there are some very nice KonTiki designs for men too).
As well as this design, there’s a version with a black bezel, but why you’d want to lose that element of the brand’s ocean-inspiration is beyond us. If a bracelet strap isn’t your thing, the collection also includes rubber straps inspired by the gentle lapping of waves.
You may not be completely familiar with Eterna, but it has certainly been worn by some incredible stars in its 160-year history, including none-other than Brigitte Bardot. Yes, the actress wore the brand’s Golden Heart watch in the 1950s and has been a muse for the company ever since.
Get her effortless look by combing soft fabrics, sea-green gemstones and intricate patterns on your next adventure across the globe. After all, you will be wearing a diver’s watch so you may as well stop off at the beach.
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Need to know
If you’re sick of wearing the same as everyone else and want your wrist to start a conversation, this is definitely the piece for you. Plus, you can be part of the brand’s complete regeneration, which is certain to have tongues wagging at this year’s Baselworld…we’ll keep you updated.
RRP £1,495 Find out more here