Swiss-born, Patrick Kury has accumulated considerable watch-industry experience, not least as Eterna’s Chief Technology Officer since 2005. He has also served as Deputy Executive Director since 2008. His contributions include the Eterna Spherodrive technology, the ball-bearing mounted mainspring barrel patented in 2006.
“I’m delighted with the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of Eterna and Porsche Design Timepieces and energize the company’s vigorous development.”
The Eterna brand
Eterna has since 1856 turned out high-quality mechanical timepieces born of traditional craftsmanship. Over its more than 150 years of existence, numerous major developments have emerged from the company’s workshops. Revolutionary innovations such as the Eterna-Matic ball-bearing-mounted rotor and the first alarm-equipped wristwatch originated at Eterna.
Other milestones include the recently developed Eterna Spherodrive sprung-barrel construction fitted on ball-bearings – setting a new standard of horological endurance and regularity, hence of quality in a mechanical movement. Eterna remains one of a handful of watch manufacturers focussing on new ideas using first-class materials in the pursuit of its traditional craft. And it is by doing so that Eterna has succeeded time and time again in devising unexpected solutions to watchmaking challenges that had defied the centuries. Eterna has inter alia been granted the production license for the renowned Porsche Design watch collection.
Patrick Kury : Professional background
Eterna SA, Grenchen (Suisse) Chief Executive Officer pro tem
2005 – 2011
Eterna SA, Grenchen (Switzerland), Chief Technical Director (since 2008 deputy Executive Director in addition)
2004 – 2005
Swatch Group (Switzerland), Breguet brand, Member of a task force
1999 – 2005
Swatch Group (Schweiz), ETA SA, Head of the apprenticeship workshop for watch engineering
1995 – 1999
Self-employed in own watch studio, Langendorf (Switzerland)
Swiss Time Service Inc., Boca Raton/Florida (USA), Watchmaker service assignments Rolex and Cartier
1992 – 1994
Swatch Group (Switzerland), Omega brand, Watchmaker repair assignments
Patrick Kury : Educational Background
Diploma in Economics and Management
Federal graduated Watchmaking Master