Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ETERNA – 1856 Skeleton Special Edition

ETERNA1856 Skeleton Special Edition NEW

Skeleton 1856 - celebrates the transparency of time

The genius of Albert Einstein was recently confirmed once again when physicists demonstrated that space, time and matter all interact with one another across the universe. With elucidation of such a complex field of science, wouldn’t granting similar transparency to a watch owner be a modest tribute to the father of General Relativity? Eterna is promoting this achievement by a skeleton timepiece through a limited edition collection of three versions of 160 pieces, also honoring the company’s 160th anniversary. It is adorned with a 3902M mechanical manual-winding movement produced by Eterna. The very classic look, a meticulously designed cased and the precision of the skeleton dial make this timepiece a knowledgeable exercise in style – uniting history and technology.

Since space and time are inseparable, the company’s desire was to illustrate this principle of astrophysics in a stunning watchmaker’s interpretation. Showing the flow of time trapped in the case explains the principles of vacuum, transparency and matter and shows time as it is measured, as it is counted.... the skeleton watch reveals a part of the movement structure and unveils the mechanical nature of time.

History, creation and design

The history of watchmaking has proven that nothing is created from a tabula rasa, or a blank plate, and that memories and voices of models past always have their say. In this case, we make claim to the iconic Eterna Matic “Skeleton” from 1991 which in turn was inspired by designs from the 1950s. 

Yet this tribute is a creation in its own right. Most importantly, the designer wanted to revive the creative act which has always guided human ingenuity: drawing by hand. This timepiece was created in its entirety on graph paper, in continuing with a tradition cherished by the company. 

The simplicity of a classic case

The case, classic in its round form, features extremely clean and balanced proportions, with delicately convex sides and is endowed with subtly cambered two-step lugs, creating an especially elegant profile.  The sapphire crystal is set in a light metal return which emphasises the curved gentleness of the watch face. The winder is notched and decorated appropriately with the five-ball motif of the Eterna logo, a reminder of the self-winding movement rotor balls invented by the company.  The polished steel finish of the set perfectly complements the proportions of the case.

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The mechanics of time for all to see: a watch dial as a masterpiece

The dial provides a particular flavour to this exceptional timepiece. The movement stretches out over the entire surface: the parts of the mechanism are arranged with extreme finesse in a seemingly complex system. The winding mechanism, barrel, mechanisms, Swiss escapement, pendulum or regulator become a riddle and read like an abstract and radiant composition.  The watchmaker is an artist playing with cut-outs and notched or perforated forms; he adds a chromatic tone to this miniature musical score by contrasting the anthracite treatment (NAC), gold and silver-plated metal of machined parts and the rubies.

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A light and narrow bright bezel around the edge of the dial accompanies the hour markers. Two versions are available: one with twelve numbers in black matte, the other with simple metal points. Finally, the dauphine hands, a form repeated often at Eterna as a signature of the company, accentuate the set. Taking up nearly the entire area of the case, they play a role in animating the graphic shapes of the mechanism, while the delicate curvature of the seconds hand softens the contrast effect.  Two versions are also available here in black and metal matte, to match the hour markers.

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In respect of the Janus Principle, the movement is visible from the back of the case, adorned with a sapphire crystal which lets you experience the beating of the mechanism and admire the arrangement of the forms and materials.

A totally unprecedented bracelet

The bracelet adds a particularly sophisticated tone to this remarkable timepiece. Initially used for furniture elements by artisanal craftsmen, woven leather has been transposed into a bracelet, in the tradition of Italian tanners.  Available in dark brown, black or light brown, it perfectly complements the materials and colours of the watch. Each colour version of the bracelet will be produced in a limited edition collection of 160 pieces.

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The 3902M movement, from the Calibre 39 family

Developed by Eterna, the 3902M movement is a manual winding model; this provides for relatively small thickness of the case and considerably contributes to the volume balance of the watch [42 mm diameter and 10.5 mm thickness]. It boasts a high power reserve of 65 hours.

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The movement is derived from the famous Calibre 39, one of the greatest recent innovations of the company. No less than 88 different movement versions can be developed on the basis of this singular and specific design. The basic calibre, in its most simple version with manual winding and fitted with minute and second hands, owes its remarkable versatility to a unique modular concept. Additional components and subassemblies can be integrated easily and efficiently. In addition to its unequalled versatility, the enormous potential of the movement lies in its standardised production and optimised assembly which guarantees the superb quality of the movement.

Technical specifications

Model: 1856 Skeleton Special Edition

Reference: 7770.41.49.1382 Stainless steel ∅ 42
 Three-hands, black calf braided leather Limited Edition
Reference: 7000.41.10.1410 Stainless steel ∅ 42
Three-hands, brown calf braided leather Limited Edition

Calibre Maison Eterna 3902 M,
power reserve 65h,
28’800 A/h, 20 jewels,
1 ball bearing
Polished stainless steel, case back with screws down, sapphire crystal opening
∅ 42.00 mm/10.30 mm
Screw locked down.
  • Anthracite with black arabic numbers
  • Light silver with trapezoidal index
Oplain with black arabic numbers
Functions: Hour, minute, second
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Strap: Black calf braided leather, pin buckle

Limited Edition of 160 pieces.

Eterna SA
Schützengasse 46 
• CH-2540 Grenchen
• Tel. +41 (0)32 654 72 52
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