Accuracy, reliability and elegant discretion have been bringing life to Eterna watches for nearly 160 years.
In 1856, Doctor Josef Girard and schoolmaster Urs Schild founded the “Dr. Girard & Schild” ‘Ebauche' factory in Grenchen. They worked together for four years before Dr. Girard, wishing to take up medicine again, decided to sell his shares to his partner.
The Firm steadily grew and installed its first automatic machines of its own design. Thanks to its watches produced in-house, ‘Dr. Girard & Schild' became a manufacture in 1870.
After the death of Urs Schild in 1888, the firm remained in the family and was renamed “Gebr. Schild & Co.” It launched the Eterna brand, which appeared for the first time on the dial of a pocket watch in 1889. The same year, Urs Schild's son Theodor, a mechanical engineer, took over as manager, remaining at the helm for 33 years.
Eterna was at the forefront of the development of the wristwatch, and filed a patent for a special case with movable safety catches. Thanks to its innovations, the firm won its first Grand Prix at the Universal Exposition in Brussels in 1910.
Over the course of the following decade, Eterna pursued the same course, presenting a number of creations including a cigarette lighter watch, which wound itself up when lit.
The Eterna-Matic rotor mounted on ball bearings first came out in 1948. From then on, Eterna dials have recalled this innovation, with the five ball bearings featured in the logo.
The firm celebrated its centenary in 1956 with the “Centenaire” model. 21 years later, Eterna reconnected with its past as a manufacture proper, presenting no fewer than four new calibers in five years.
In 2009, fifty years after the Eterna-Matic, the “Eterna Spherodrive” system, with its barrel mounted on ball bearings, was released. In 2012, Eterna launched the Adventic, the first model to sport the Manufacture 3843 caliber, itself powered by an Eterna Spherodrive.
Accuracy, reliability and elegant discretion have been bringing life to Eterna creations for over one hundred and fifty years. Thanks both to aesthetic appearance and their movements, Eterna watches that have stood the test of years through successive generations, and the brand is now part of watchmaking heritage. Eterna has patiently acquired all the watchmaking skills required to earn the status of a genuine manufacture.
The Firm is now home to all the required technologies and the craftsmen proficient in them, enabling it to be just as firmly established in the twenty-first century as it ever was – without abandoning the timeless watches that have charted the course of its history.
1856: The Firm is founded
1914: Presentation of the smallest series-produced wristwatch with a baguette movement
1948: Arrival of the ball bearing-mounted rotor, which becomes a part of the history of watchmaking as the Eterna-Matic
2005: Creation of the ultra-flat 3030 caliber
2009: Invention of the “Eterna Spherodrive” with a ball bearing-mounted barrel
Adventic: With its unusual small seconds hand offset at nine o'clock and GMT dial positioned at six o'clock, the Adventic is a round timepiece that makes the most of traditional aesthetics.
Vaughan: The Vaughan is sober and discrete, featuring Dauphine hands and large date, as well as a vintage-cum-contemporary style.
Madison: The firm's only collection with a barrel case, this timepiece with complications is a blend of refinement and tradition.
Heritage: This collection brings together the Firm's historic timepieces, preserving the original designs.
Centenaire: Brought out for the Firm's centenary celebrations, the Centenaire displays subtle discretion in a 40 mm gold case.
1948: With its sober round case and fine strap fitting close to the dial, the 1948 is a timeless model.
KonTiki: The KonTiki, an icon of watchmaking, sails down through the ages like its illustrious source of inspiration, Thor Heyerdahl and the raft on which he crossed the seas.
Tangaroa: With its iconic railtrack minute circle, the Tangaroa offers impeccable readability, featuring large hour markers on a black or grey dial.
Artena: A classic men's or ladies' Quartz watch, the Artena is a contemporary timepiece of elegant sobriety.
Contessa: Drawing on Art Deco for its inspiration, the Contessa has a jewelled tonneau case and mother-of-pearl back.