Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre Watches

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.

 

Today, with the main objective of paying tribute to the craftsmanship and the legacy of Berthoud, we can enjoy the Chronomètre FB 1, announced in 2013 and presented at the end of last year. An exceptional piece full of watchmaking history we have had the pleasure of enjoying live.

Concept

 

With the premise of creating a kind of marine chronometer watches, we find a piece of imposing appearance, with a box octagonal, 44 mm with a thickness of only 13 mm, with a small portholes its sides that allow admire the caliber. A gauge that can also be seen through the sapphire glass bottom of the box. A box comes in two different versions, gray dial with white gold and rose gold with black dial. Meanwhile the handles are titanium and ceramics respectively, and are complemented by a generously proportioned crown with engraved initials FB.

The sphere

 

As regards the area, at first glance your disposal can make us think that we are facing a regulator, but it is not. The long central hand deals with the latter, while the time and minute hand needles are in white lacquered subdial located at 12 hours. Completing the layout of the area, we found a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock and a window that lets you see the gear train and the whirlwind 60 seconds located at 6 o’clock.

The field is completed by the outdoor second hand scale, the inscription of the name of the firm located at 3 o’clock and the inscription “Chronometre Val-de-Travers Suisse” at the bottom, which refers both to the place where the pieces are produced as the birthplace of Ferdinand Berthoud.

Tourbillon caliber manufacturing with low frequency and transmission chain

 

No matter how spectacular that may be the clock on the outside, inside it is where is the really interesting. FB-caliber manufacturing TF-C manual-winding tourbillon low frequency (3 Hz) is composed of a total of 1,120 components and equipped with a battery life of 53 hours. The movement uses a chain drive, traditional resource pocket watches from the eighteenth century, contributing to the decrease in strength of the barrel as it is discharged is offset by the geometry of the spindle, thereby preventing the amplitude decreases impacting the accuracy of the clock, while occupying a considerably reduced in the bowels of the room space, another detail showing patience and attention with which each piece has been prepared.

 

In conclusion, and as mentioned above paragraphs, the watch comes in two versions; pink and white gold, limited to 50 pieces each, and its price is around 220,000 euros.

 

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