There’s a new Kontiki, the Royal KonTiki no less, fitted with a new motor, the calibre 3945A – the first of the 88 possible variants of Eterna’s new Calibre 39.
Eterna launched the Calibre 39 project in 2007. Its aim was to design a proprietary self-winding chronograph movement featuring three sub-dials whose rationally designed production process would compress costs accordingly. The project was a huge success and an entire calibre family was born.
Three screws are enough to attach or remove any and all of the auxiliary modules, or sub-assemblies, comprising unusually few components, some 70 percent of which originate from the Grenchen area. To its makers’ pride, the assortiment is of chronometer quality and include a now-improved Spherodrive device.
Efficient and practical for sports and travel
Designed to keep travellers as well as sport enthusiasts happy, the new 42mm Royal KonTiki is fitted with a second time-zone display and is water-resistant to a depth of 100 m. The second time-zone is shown via an easy-to-read ring, darker-hued for night hours over which sweeps a red-tipped fourth hand.
To its 42 mm Ø polished and satin-finished stainless steel case, Eterna designers have added sand-blasted curved grooves reminiscent of its 1970s predecessor. The new model’s generous curves are, however, all its own.
A slim seconds hand moves over a minute track calibrated in fourth of a second while the hour and minute hands carry a strip of luminescent compound. A scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the dial face. Finally, PVD cladding on the five screws and on the crown guard along with a black rubber strap with standard pin buckle complete the design of the Royal KonTiki.