Although the name dates back to the 18th century, Ferdinand Berthoud has recently made a comeback thanks to the work of the co-president of Chopard Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and his team. While showing respect for the legacy of Berthoud, the brand's first creations offer a superb and modern take on this legacy. These watches have received considerable recognition from the community and the watch industry: al GPHG, at the Oscars of watchmaking, Ferdinand Berthoud received the prestigious Aiguille d'Or in 2016 and the prize Chronometry in 2019.
On the occasion of Dubai Watch Week , the brand introduces a new version of its chronometer featuring a unique combination of platinum, gray ceramic and translucent blue dial: the chronometer Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3-1 Sapphire Blue.
The FB 1.3-1 Sapphire Blue Chronometer is an elegant version of the first contemporary creation of Ferdinand Berthoud. For the occasion, the signed 44mm octagonal case is presented in 950 platinum with ceramic interlayers. Its subtle tone contrasts beautifully with a silky translucent blue dial with a vertical satin finish.
Inside is the caliber FB-T.FC-2 hand-wound, a version of the brand's inaugural movement with three sapphire crystal bridges. Together with the caseback, these transparent bridges offer an unobstructed view of the watch's sophisticated and flawless internal workings.
The movement includes a "chain drive" and a one-minute tourbillon, secured by a blue arrow-shaped bridge covered in CVD. Operating at 3Hz, the movement features a balance spring with a terminal curve Phillips. Additionally, a Maltese cross stop restricts barrel rotation, creating a locking point to prevent overload damage.
The 53-hour power reserve indication is guided by a cone that moves up and down along a threaded arbor. In keeping with the brand's focus on chronometry, the accuracy of the watch is attested by the COSC (Controller Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres).
Il Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3-1 Chronometer Blue Sapphire is a limited edition of 5 pieces, complemented by a hand-stitched alligator leather strap with rolled edges, secured with a safety folding clasp also made of platinum. The price is 265.000 EURO.