Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT Watch Debuts With New Movement

Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT Watch Debuts With New Movement

Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT Watch Debuts With New Movement Watch Releases

For Baselworld 2015, Eterna will debut a brand new version of its in-house made Calibre 39 movement known as the Calibre 3927A. This automatic chronograph GMT holds a lot of merit and will first exist inside of the new Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT watch. Eterna made the decision to house the new movement in a relatively wildly colored watch, and hopefully, there will be more styles available when the watch launches soon. Until then, let's check out the Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT that looks pretty cool on paper.

Eterna debuted their new in-house Calibre 39 movement here back in 2013. The movement was to serve as a base for a range of other movements. Eterna claims that the Calibre 39 can be used as the basis for "no fewer than 88 different movements." Given the watch industry's regular pandering to Chinese love of the number "8," this figure seems a bit dubious/arbitrary. I am pretty sure it is just 87 different movements... In any event, the Calibre 39 is a great engine and further contains Eterna's useful Spherodrive system which adds durability to the mainspring barrel.

Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT Watch Debuts With New Movement Watch Releases

Eterna hasn't offered all the information about the Calibre 3927A yet, but we know enough. It is an automatic that operates at 4Hz and contains a slew of useful features in addition to the time. More so, power reserve is at least 60 hours. Look closely at the dial, and you'll notice that this isn't your standard tri-compax chronograph. It is a full 12 hour chronograph with a flyback complication, as well as a subsidiary GMT hand which offers a second time zone (and of course the date). The right subdial has two hands which are used to track the chronograph hours as well as the minutes. It has been a trend over the last few years to include more than one hand in subdials so that they can be used to indicate more than one piece of information - though this is usually found on very high-end models. All things considered, the Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT isn't terribly expensive. Eterna also promised "chronometer-level" accuracy for the rate results of the Calibre 3927A.

Design-wise, the Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT is an evolution on the Eterna Royal KonTiki Manufacture GMT from 2014 (hands-on here). Back when I wrote about the Eterna Royal KonTiki Manufacture GMT, I applauded the excellent case and build quality, but questioned the lasting aesthetic value of the dial. Once again, Eterna has given us a great movement and a cool case but a dial that is useful but a bit quirky. The Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT case is further 45mm wide, produced in steel with some black PVD-coated steel elements, as well as black ceramic parts. Eterna also uses some black rubber coated elements.

Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT Watch Debuts With New Movement Watch Releases

Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT Watch Debuts With New Movement Watch Releases

The middle links of the bracelet as well as the crown and chronograph pushers are coated in black rubber, while the screws on the bezel are PVD black steel. The black elements of the bezel otherwise are pieces of black ceramic. The core bezel design is a signature element of Eterna watches which has the five points which refer to the brands logo, which in turn refers to the five ball bearings placed in connection points of automatic rotors in their movements (which apparently, Eterna was the first to do a while back).

Eterna has shown us this blue and red dialed version of the Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT - which I have a feeling is not the only version. It is distinctive and helps people remember this interesting watch. I look forward to seeing what I hope are a few more timeless dial options. It is good to see that Eterna continues to focus on interesting movements, which in my experience, is also accompanied by great quality cases and overall fit and finish. The 2015 Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT watch will have a retail price of 7,500 Swiss Francs (7,550 Euros). eterna.com

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  • GBD

    The subdial setup is nice, especially the minute/hour subdial, which makes it very easy to read the elapsed time. I think this design could work, but the way this one is styled makes it look like a $200 Festina. Looking forward to seeing different versions.

  • The movement sounds cool and looks pretty good (in the render, anyway), and I am certainly glad to hear that they’ve made this move, but my god the watch is ugly. Also, rubber coated exterior parts. Nothing to me says more ‘will look like shit in a few months’ than coating something like a bracelet or crown, which will certainly take its wear/tear, with something as finite as rubber.
    Will look forward to Eterna putting more thought to aesthetics as they evolve with the new caliber base.

  • bichondaddy

    Hummmm….Did Eterna hire a bunch of Invicta’s designers????  I’m just saying…….

  • Fraser Petrick

    Love the colours. Handsome watch. I’d wear it.

  • 5803822

    Me to apart from rubber bits- decent value

  • Ulysses31

    This looks very much like a number of Nautica watch designs.  If it weren’t for the logo i’d say from the looks alone this was a $500 watch,  I like the brand and the movements but in this guise, i’d have to pass.

  • CG

    Get rid of that Bulova band and I’m there

  • shinytoys

    The best news for me here is that Eterna will now be manufacturing its own movements for its own watches. Something that pleases me when I look to  purchase a more  expensive watch. This particular model above is possibly my lease favorite color/complication  model of the Eterna line that I’ve seen thus far. The color choice makes this watch look very busy, and once you add in the chronograph complications, it has a very crowded look. Like a fine wine, you have to let it breathe. Open up the face a bit and leave some real estate behind. From here, it does look like a much cheaper watch from some other companies, and that is NOT what Eterna is about. Especially the Kon-Tiki line.

  • Jimxxx

    Really?!

  • funkright1

    Sorry, but it looks like a cross between some of the less desirable Hublot and Zenith…

  • “Given the watch industry’s regular pandering to Chinese love of the number “8,” this figure seems a bit dubious/arbitrary. I am pretty sure it is just 87 different movements.”   (my italics and underline)
    Love it AA!!! Perfect statement AND nice bit of sarcastic humor 😉

  • Ulysses31 Hmmm…I was gonna say it looked like a Tommy Hilfiger watch but I think Nautica nails it too. Glad to see it (apparently) isn’t just a 7750 with a column wheel slapped on.

  • funkright1 Yes…”cartoonish” comes to mind.

  • Shawnnny

    And one third Invicta.

  • hatster

    Nice watch and great news on the movement, but this watch by Eterna is a real stunner: http://www.eterna.com/en/madison/madison-eight-days-eterna-spherodrive Went on to my wish list at the end of last year. And is sat way up there.

  • DangerussArt

    Well those “photos” are all renderings anyway, so hopefully it looks better in real life, but what’s shown here is the cheapest looking $8,100 watch I’ve ever seen.

  • paulester17

    bichondaddy We know you’re just saying. So you don’t have to say you’re just saying.

  • bichondaddy

    paulester17  LOL…..Okay….

  • Time2Go

    This puppy looks like a mall watch.  The only thing I like about it is the name – KonTiki KonTiki KonTiki!  KonTastic!  Rubber-coated parts though?  KonTarded.  88 movements thing?  KonTrived.

  • shinytoys And red and blue are on opposite ends of the visible spectrum so they cause more eye strain (focusing) due to perceived depth issues. Maybe yellow instead of blue and as you said, revise things a bit too. (how many things can you spot that I changed, ha ha).

  • ShaksWatches

    I’m loving the wrist band on this guy!  I agree with DangerussArt about the photo’s, I hope to see this in person!