Visit to Eterna booth this year was more interesting than in past Basel fairs.  Eterna is beginning to re-discover its history and also leveraging the innovative movements from Eterna Movements subsidiary.

Eterna unveiled the extension of legendary KonTiki divers series – The Super KonTiki Chronograph.  This is no longer the muted divers of yesteryear, it is now a bold 45mm stainless steel case with an in-house 3916A flyback chronograph movement.  The triangular indexes from the original KonTiki still remain on the dial.

The KonTiki collection is named after the famous ocean expedition helmed by Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian ethnographer, botanist, and zoologist. Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft to demonstrate that ancient civilizations could have made such a crossing centuries ago. His only modern-day equipment was a hand-cranked radio for weather reports and six Eterna timepieces for guiding his crew across the open ocean. When news of their successful voyage reached Switzerland, Eterna decided to design a unique collection to commemorate Heyerdahl’s incredible voyage.  Called the KonTiki Series, it has been one of Eterna’s most popular collections since its introduction.

What sets the new Super KonTiki Chronograph apart from all other watches in the KonTiki collection is the very special movement it gets: Calibre 3916A, a flyback chronograph movement designed by the Eterna manufacture.  Beating at 28,800 vph, the movement has an impressive 60-hour power reserve.

There are two versions – one with rubber strap which costs $4,700, and the another with a Milanese band which costs $4,900.

We will do a full hands-on review of the Super KonTiki Chronograph in very near future.