There’s a lot to be said for a well-executed basic watch. With its latest, Eterna is offering up just that. The Granges 1856 is a straightforward time-and-date watch with a few classic dial options and a few little details that you might not notice at first glance to keep things interesting. This is just the sort of watch that would make a great daily go-to for a lot of people. Let’s take a closer look.Â
The Granges 1856 is a single watch that comes with a handful of dial options plus various straps and a bracelet to pick from, so while the watches here look a bit different from one another, they’re all the same at their core. The watch’s stainless steel case is 42mm across and just 9.8mm, giving it a pretty appealing profile. In addition to the three central hands, there’s a two-window big date complication at three o’clock (and on the black dial version of the Granges 1856 the date discs are matched to the dial for a more streamlined look). Â
It’s a little tough to see in the images here, but the Granges 1856’s dial is curved, which is part of what helps this watch stay so thin. It looks like a pretty gentle curve, and I’m guessing it will amplify the iridescent finishes on the dials. You can also get the caseback of your watch specially engraved, directly through Eterna, adding some customization beyond the dial and strap choices.
The most important thing about this watch though is the movement. Inside is the caliber 3030, an in-house movement designed and made by Eterna (who is also fast becoming a major supplier to smaller watch brands as well). At 4.63mm thick, the 3030 is the thinnest automatic movement with a big date complication you’ll find anywhere. The big date discs are unusual in two ways to make this possible: They’re placed side-by-side instead of having one sit on top of the other, and they’re also curved to match the shape of the dial and reduce thickness at the watch’s edge. Additionally, you can change the date anytime you want, forward or backward, without damaging the caliber, and in all it offers about 48 hours of power reserve.
It’s hard to say without seeing the watch in the metal, but the Granges 1856 seems like a pretty compelling offering from Eterna, especially when you factor in the price. A slim all-purpose watch with a big date complication and an in-house movement for around $5,000 is hard to scoff at. In particular, the blue and charcoal (which actually reads more champagne in the images here) dials are very attractive. At 42mm, it’s a little larger than I would have liked (39mm would have me singing), but I’m withholding final judgement on that front until I get a chance to try one of these on.
The Granges 1856 comes in 10 different styles: There are four dial colors (silver, black, blue, and charcoal) and each is available on either a leather strap with a folding clasp or a stainless steel bracelet, plus the silver dial is available with either Roman or Arabic numerals. All of the watches retail for $5,000 with a strap and $5,200 on a bracelet. The best part though â they’re available onlineÂ directly from Eterna.Â