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Eterna A gentle transition to Manufacture status

— Without making any revolutionary changes, Eterna is gently nudging its models towards original and softer lines, accompanied on the calibre front by a significant emergence of more in-house or Manufacture-made movements, of which there are however still too few to make them cost-effective for Eterna.

Eterna Super KonTiki ref.1273.43. 41

Eterna is changing category. From the company that had to jostle to make space for itself, the brand turned Manufacture is currently earning its stripes both in terms of details and subtleties. Make no mistake about it, Eterna is not dropping the public at large in favour of experienced collectors. It is maintaining its aim of providing affordable, uncompromising quality; but rather than flooding the market, Eterna is subtly refining its existing collections based on a coherent, rational approach.

Cheap Swiss Watchmaking parity

Such is the case with the new Grace Open Art collection. At first glance, one might only see them as a few additional feminine models. However, a closer look reveals that Eterna is targeting nothing less than parity in terms of the gender balance of its range. “A short while ago we had an 80/20 ratio between men’s and ladies’Breitling replica watches. We are now at 65/35 and parity is within reach” confirms a brand manager.

The company is certainly giving itself the means to achieve this. These new Grace Open Art models arrive on the scene as a set of nine references, steel and gold, gem-set or not. While prices remain very competitive, in a range mainly focused around the CHF 2000 mark, Eterna has not been sparing in terms of creativity. The latter is notably expressed through a particularly daring case that is all curves and waves, while offering a wide variety of potential colour and material combinations. Aside from the big groups, one would have to look to Carl F. Bucherer (Pathos) or Jeanrichard (new Terrascope 39mm) to find such creative and constantly-evolving case profiles.


Grace Open Art, ref. 943.72.69.1367.
© Eterna

KonTiki superstar

Among men’s replica Breitling watches, it is no surprise that the KonTiki range has changed the most. Once again, there are no radical modifications, but instead a set of gentle evolutions. The Chrono GMT for example bears a discreet “Manufacture” inscription that proclaims its proud lineage. As regards the dial, Eterna’s cherished “wave” motif appears in a discreet raised pattern. The bezel is adorned with ceramic inserts that have not been seen since 2013. Finally, the “12-6-9” chronograph has now shifted to a “3-6-9” configuration and is complemented by a central-hand GMT display.


KonTiki Chronographe GMT Manufacture: ceramic returns to the bezel and the dial features the wave motif.
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This GMT’s cousin, in the Adventic collection, is undergoing the same ‘stylistic subtlety’ treatment. While it now features a date at 3 o’clock, the newness of its exterior is most clearly apparent in the dial centre, for which Eterna has opted for a grey anthracite finish. The latter is both novel in its own right and also skilfully slots in amongst the black and white models that are already part of the collection. But that’s not all, because this colour also displays a 45” brushed finish that is unquestionably simple but nevertheless somewhat unusual. It gives the piece a subtle air that is probably perceptible only by the owner, who will note the slightly slate-type effect.


The new Adventic GMT and its dial sporting a 45° brushed finish.
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Finally, at a time when the trend is towards sharp-edged designs for virile sports watches, Eterna brings back the 1970s in its Super KonTiki, rowing against the tide by reworking the model in as round a shape as possible. New NATO straps are offered, but it is above all a new Milanese mesh that catches the eye, with a much finer weave that is therefore especially flexible.

The bezel is slimmer with a slight camber that helps it slope gently down towards the case. The hands have also been trimmed down. The base movement is unfortunately still a SW200, limited to its low 38-hour power reserve. We hope that Eterna will soon equip this historic reference with one of its in-house calibres, which mostly offer two to three days of autonomy.

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The Super KonTiki with its new Milanese mesh bracelet.
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For the time being, Eterna is prevented from taking this step by a simple cost issue. The brand does not yet produce enough in-house calibres to reduce the cost price. Equipping the KonTiki with an in-house calibre would make it far too expensive. The entire mission currently pursued by EMC (Eterna Movement Company, Eterna’s industrial division) is to supply as many of these movements as possible to third party companies in order to amortize the costs and thus ultimately be able to introduce them as inexpensively as possible into its own ranges.

Boucheron Epure steel Swiss Replica Watches

— After having brought out a precious and exclusive model in gold two years ago, Epure reveals itself now in steel, for the contemporary wearer.

Boucheron, Epure acier

The case displays the famous double gadroons whereas the saphire cabochon illuminates the timekeeper with its powerful blue light. Known as the ‘oracle stone’ in antiquity, this polished sapphire is positioned at the top of the winding crown and of the dial, drawing attention to this iconic maison Boucheron motif more than ever before.

In contrast to its pure lines, the 3 and 9 indexes affirm with their oversize presence a flashback to the year when the boutique opened on the Place Vendome in 1893. Frédéric Boucheron was the first jeweler to set up a boutique in this famous Parisian square and chose the location for its exceptional light.

Boucheron - Epure Acier

Epure steel, black dial, automatic.
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The automatic self-winding SW300 mechanism with its hour, minute, second and date functions seduces with its elaborate finishing touches. Such as the decorated oscillating weight, visible through the exposed cover ofthe opened back ofthe watch. The timepiece beats at a frequency of 28,000 vibrations per hour, while enjoying a 42- hour power reserve.

Featuring a black or silver matt dial, the new Epure is offered in a 33 mm or 42 mm steel case. The replica Breitling watches is fitted with a black alligator with large square scales strap equipped with a seel triple folding pin buckle.

Boucheron - Epure Acier

Epure steel, white dial, automatic.
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Perrelet Tristan Boyer de Bouillane sets out his stall

— After less than three months in his new role, the General Manager of Perrelet presents his overall vision for the replica watches brand.

Tristan Boyer de Bouillane © Perrelet

Industry veteran Tristan Boyer de Bouillane has spent twenty years in the Breitling replica watches industry, notably working for Charriol for eight years and at the high-end brands Daniel Roth and Gérald Genta for ten years until they were eventually fully absorbed into Bulgari’s watchmaking division.

One of the cornerstones of Perrelet’s communication up until now has been its disputed heritage as the inventor of the self-winding movement. Mr Boyer de Bouillane admits that this claim is contested and is therefore seeking to redefine the positioning of Perrelet as a “horological brand with its own movements, but not high horology”. We can therefore expect the product offering to broaden in scope, the new boss suggests.

The main thrust of the brand’s new strategy will be the exclusive use of in-house movements produced by the MHVJ (Manufacture Horlogère de la Vallée de Joux) on Soprod base movements. Like Perrelet, both the MHVJ and Soprod are subsidiary companies of the H1 Festina Group Switzerland, the Swiss branch of the Spanish watchmaking conglomerate that produces some 4.5 million Swiss replica watches per year, generating sales of 237 million euros.

All models in the 2015 Perrelet collection equipped with mechanical movements will therefore use an in-house movement. “I am not ruling out quartz movements altogether,” says Mr Boyer de Bouillane, “but they must be intelligent quartz movements”. The price range for this reorganized collection will span from 2,500 to 8,000 Swiss francs.

The distinctive spinning blades of Perrelet’s Turbine rotor will remain one of the cornerstones of the brand’s collection. But Mr Boyer de Bouillane has his own ideas about how this collection should evolve. “The Turbine should become functional, for example to arm a power reserve,” he says. The latest incarnation in this collection, presented ahead of Baselworld 2015, is the Turbine Skeleton. Although not functional in itself, the aluminium turbine in this model combines the playful element of the spinning effect with an insight into the mechanical movement, since once the blades reach a certain speed of rotation, the skeletonized movement is revealed in all its glory.



Turbine Skeleton ref.A1082.
© Perrelet Replica Watches UK

The Perrelet Turbine Skeleton has a 44mm diameter case available in steel with a black PVD coating or a 4N pink gold bezel. The inner bezel ring ensures optimal readability thanks to luminescent Arabic numerals and hour-markers. The hour and minute hands are coated in Superluminova, while the red seconds hand stands out clearly against this backdrop. The timepieces in the Turbine Skeleton collection are fitted with innovative black bi-material straps: calfskin leather with a polyurethane core to guarantee ergonomics and a comfortable feel on the wrist; or black rubber for a resolutely sporty look.