Eterna revisits its iconic timepiece, the Eterna Matic “Golden Heart” and presents a limited edition collection as a tribute to the legendary ladies’ wristwatch favoured by the legendary film stars, Gina Lollobrigida and Brigitte Bardot.
It was in 1958, Eterna introduced Eterna Matic Golden Heart, the legendary ladies’ wristwatch equipped with the smallest automatic movement in the world. This year, Eterna celebrates its 160th anniversary and the traditional Swiss watch company revives the legend and presents a new vision of the “Golden Heart” in a limited edition collection of 160 timepieces.
At the end of the 1950s, Eterna developed the smallest automatic movement in the world – 15.33mm in diameter and 5mm in height. It is fitted with a rotor with ball bearings made of solid gold visible on the back of the case made of crystal – innovative genius meets exclusivity. Integrated in a charming round case and offered with a wide variety of bracelets, it was a tremendous success.
In the 2016 edition, the rotor, which is visible from the back through a sapphire base, is decorated with a heart of 18-carat 4N gold.
The case retains its original spherical volume and gives the impression of a precious container; it is fitted with a circular metal return which encases the sapphire crystal. The mother-of-pearl dial boasts 8 round diamonds and four stainless steel appliqués in the form of Roman numerals.
The profile of the case is adorned over its perimeter with a decorative frieze. The delicately perforated metal reveals a bluish tinge thanks to a transparency effect. These stylised motifs evoke a spiral or a wave and are reminiscent of the antique pottery forms of Clin d’œil in Saint Tropez, Rome, or at the Dolce Vita…
The same blue tone, intense and deep, can be found in the spindle inserted in the crown of the winding mechanism and is a perfect complement to the stainless steel of the case and bracelet.
The bracelet itself recaptures the fastener and cord style typical of the 1930s in a contemporary version. Yet although cords at the time were leather or fabric, today it is made of plaited steel based on a Milanese mesh; it retains all the flexibility of the original and lends a redesigned stylish look, in harmony with the body of the watch.