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Eterna Royal KonTiki

by Philip Kaspar
17 May, 2013
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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

Eterna Royal Kontiki

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

KonTiki inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's KonTiki Expedition

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.

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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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