The reputable Swiss watchmaker Eberhard & Co. together with Les Amis Suisses de l’Universite de Haifa charity organization have teamed together to create this marvelous Eberhard & Co. “Les Pommes du Jardin d’Eden” ladies watch. Created as a unique piece, the timekeeper was auctioned for €5000 to raise funds for breast cancer research carried by Dr. Dalit Barkan, a Ph.D. in Molecular Endocrinology who’s currently working in Haifa University, Israel.
Based on their current Gilda family of watches (the model with the reference number 61008.02, to be more precise), the piece unique comes in the same elliptical stainless steel body, but swaps the original “acciao” multi-link bracelet for a white leather strap. Measuring 32.10 x 38.00 millimeters, the watch is perfectly sized for a normal feminine wrist, while still being prominent enough to make a clear statement.
Yes, if you compare this “piece unique” watch to the original, the limited edition timekeeper’s only difference seems to be the white leather strap that features a nicely crafted white gold snake (probably, the same reptile that spoiled the party in the Garden of Eden) that carries a rose gold apple in its deadly mouth. Set with bright red rubies and possessing a pair of green enameled leaves, the apple actually looks more like a strawberry to me, but, well, snakes don’t like strawberries too much, do they?
It is nice to note that the timekeeper can still be used to read time: the blacked-out hands and stylized Roman numerals look very contrast over the white mother-of-pearl background of the dial and, while nighttime legibility is basically nonexistent, in normal lighting conditions they are absolutely adequate to the task.
Inside this watch beats the well-known ETA 256.031 quartz movement: a simple electric engine, which is built on six jewels and offers around three years of power reserve. Frankly, with Eberhard & Co. being primarily a watchmaking brand, I would probably have preferred the piece to be animated by a movement with higher horological value, but I also understand that with this timekeeper the Swiss brand wanted to underscore its ability to make fine jewelry as well, so the choice of caliber is still okay with me.
I must admit that the watch does look great and it would be really nice if Eberhard & Co. would consider putting this model into mass production.
Photos: Eberhard & Co.
Eberhard & Co. “Les Pommes du Jardin d’Eden” quartz ladies watch specification
Price: $5000 (sold at auction)
Movement: Quartz, Caliber ETA 256.031, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 6
Movement frequency: N/A
Power reserve: 36 months
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case material: Stainless steel, polished
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Elliptical
Bezel shape: Elliptical
Case size: 32.10 mm x 38.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Mother of pearl
Hour markers: None
Hands: Steel, black
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: White leather strap with a snake in white gold holding an apple in its mouth, steel pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid steel