Eberhard & Co. — along with the brands of the Swatch Group and Movado Group, Corum, Raymond Weil, and others — was on the growing roster of watch manufacturers that skipped participating in the Baselworld watch fair this year, so we’ve been waiting for a while now to see what the venerable Swiss brand with the distinctly Italian appeal would offer up as headliners for 2019. We got our first glimpse last week at the CoutureTime event in Las Vegas, where Eberhard unveiled its new “Quadrifoglio Verde” Chronograph, a limited edition of 250 pieces that pays homage to the high-octane history of iconic Italian automaker Alfa Romeo.
The watch, which features an ample 43 mm case in stainless steel, in a design familiar to fans of the brand’s Tazio Nuvolari collection, with a satin-brushed finish on the bezel and chronograph buttons. Inside the 13.5-mm-thick, 30-meter water resistant case is a Swiss-made automatic movement (not disclosed by the brand but presumably an ETA 7750 or variant thereof) which drives the hours and minutes, small seconds, and chronograph displays on the black dial.
On that dial, whose numerals and indices echo those on Alfa Romeo dashboards and which is bordered on its flange by a classical, motorsport-inspired tachymeter scale, the small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock immediately catches the eye, designed as a green four-leaf clover inside a white triangle. This traditional symbol of good luck has been a well-known symbol of Alfa Romeo and its boldest, speediest models since 1923. (“Quadrifoglio Verde” translates to “Green Four Leaf Clover.”) A central red-tipped chronograph hand counts off the seconds, while subdials at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock tally 30 chronograph minutes and 12 chronograph hours, respectively.
The Eberhard & Co. Quadrifoglio Verde Chronograph comes on a black strap made of waterproof textile material, which closes with a logo-embossed steel buckle. It will retail for $5,920; no word yet on how many will be available in the U.S.