Maybe many of you know the name of Ferdinand Berthoud as one of the important names in the history of watchmaking and as the father, with Pierre Le Roy, marine chronometers. A name that has recently risen as Chopard Haute Horlogerie brand within their group. Announced in 2013, the first watch of the firm, the Chronomètre FB 1, is the first of a series of watches inspired by the life and work of French watchmaker.
Named Master watchmaker in Paris in 1753 at 26, Berthoud became the watchmaker of the French Navy in 1762 and was subsequently appointed mechanical watchmaker del Rey in 1770. During the second half of the eighteenth century produced more than 20 different calibres, following the path begun by Henry Sully and improving marine chronometer H4 of John Harrison, simplifying construction and adjustment.
The story of Mr. Berthoud is one of many that are losing itself throughout history, until someone finds a common thread to their work and recreates a job where you are honors. Ferdinand Berthoud actually knew him from our visits to the museum Patek Philippe, where there are exposed several of its marine chronometers, and in the following photos you can appreciate.
One of the good things about being director watchmaker is to always carry a relojazo, things of product placement . However, there are others who have spent many years in the brand, and not just leave them clocks, these are also the give away. And they do not give away any watches them, no! We often talk normally very rare and some unique pieces like this that already we explained at the time (cases see news) .
A couple of weeks ago for the CRMS Madrid had the chance to share a super relaxed coffee with the director of Montblanc Spain. We hate death that the press releases and purely professional interviews, we enjoy that time as the most. In order to account watchmaking is passion and we believe that the perfect place to get good anecdotes context are those relaxed moments generated around a table.
While Portugal, Wales and Germany expect to France or Iceland to complete the box semifinals of Euro, we took the opportunity to snoop wrists of some of the players who have passed and still in the tournament. Footballing talking has not been the year of Spain, but at least maintain the level watchmaker matter.
The Swiss Xerdan Shaquiri, Hublot ambassador, with his Spirit of Big Bang.
Despite the Euro and elections, we can not forget that summer has arrived and the sun, beach and vacation awaits. It is time to change the oxford for moccasins, briefcase for sunglasses and take the divers watchmaker … or better yet; add one new to the collection. These are our 5 proposals for all tastes and budgets, so when you get caught vermouth not diving.
Tudor Black Bay Bronze
One of the sensations of the last Baselworld, the new Tudor Black Bay Bronze has everything we like the Black Bay; vintage aesthetic, manufacturing movement, two sensational belts … and also adds a bronze box of a larger diameter than usual, which is complemented perfectly with the brown dial and bezel and provides a stylish, yet more vintage. Relojazo, or did not you saw in the comparison we did at the time with the Oris Carl Brashear?
IWC repeated, and there are already seven times, with “The Little Prince” in a new limited edition.On this occasion, the signing of Schaffhausen pays tribute to the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupery with the new Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar edition ‘Le Petit Prince’, which looks classic blue sphere usual night at all limited editions ” the Little Prince “, in addition to the leather strap brown calf with decorative seams in beige.
In this pre-summer season we are most watchmakers soirees of the year. We do not know if that spring alters blood, or that we are more willing to come straight from the office and approach the event in question.
Today we wanted to get close to one of the most complicated events riding logistically by the uniqueness of its parts. It is nothing more and nothing less than the first time in our country where you can see together the milestones of A. Lange and debuts presented in Geneva last January at the SIHH 2016.
During the event we had the great opportunity to chat with Wilhelm Schmid (CEO of A. Lange & Söhne) which is always rewarding, and although he declined to directly answer the most complicated questions highly appreciate that a leader of a world as closed as watchmaking sitting and talking with the media so openly.
I want to thank from here to Los Angeles Moya of WhiteOffice and Lucia Toro de Lange for their good work and closeness, as well as the entire team of Rabat that makes it almost impossible possible.
When one turns 50 always expects a more important gift when you turn 49 or 51. Half a century is not held every day, so it must be done in style. As it has done what many consider the best brand of cigars in the world; Cohiba, which gave a limited edition of Zenith. Specifically we talk about the new Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Cohiba Edition.
And the world of watches and the pure, and particularly Cohiba Zenith and share their fixation for excellence, sophistication, exclusivity and savoir faire. The Cohiba are considered the most exclusive cigars in the world, made entirely by hand with the choicest and an additional fermentation in wooden barrels which gives a complex aroma and a balanced taste that combines power and finesse leaves. Since 1966, Cohiba is the benchmark in the world of Habanos, so much so that during its first 13 years of existence, to 82, their cigars were used exclusively as a corporate gift of the Cuban Government to diplomats.
On the 27th occasion, Omega will be the official timekeeper for the next Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro next August. Therefore, the firm has launched two new limited editions to commemorate based on two of its most iconic models event; Seamaster and Speedmaster Bullhead Rio 2016 Rio 2016 Mark II.
The Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016, of which only 316 units will be produced, using the colors of the Olympic rings in both the minute scale of its inner bezel and the stitching of her blue leather strap, giving an aspect of the more colorful perfect for summer.
The Panerai family has since a few days ago a new member who will accompany Radiomir and Luminor their collections; Due talk about the new Luminor, with the usual design of the Luminor case but with a substantial difference; a much finer box.
The new collection was presented last week in Florence, at the event organized by Dive into time signature, with four models, two with a box of 42 mm and two 45 mm box, available in steel and red gold. Both couples accounts with thick boxes 10.5 and 10.7 mm respectively. We can not talk about that are just extra-fine, but they represent a considerable height reduction compared to 1950 Luminor and Luminor collections, which range between 15 and 17 millimeters high.
Last Saturday was held at the prestigious auction house Sotheby’s auction in Geneva Important Watches, with 269 lots including pieces of Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, among others, as is usual in auctions of this level. The total proceeds of the auction exceeded 4 million Swiss francs, the most expensive piece a Patek Philippe pocket, perpetual calendar and minute repeater in white gold, with a final price of 472,000 Swiss francs, about 425,000 euros.