Resuscitated by Chopard’s Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the high-end brand Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud pays tribute to Ferdinand Berthoud’s horological legacy by offering exceptional timepieces manufactured in exclusive quantities. Powered by an exceptional movement with tourbillon and fusée-and-chain, the brand’s first opus, the FB1 chronometer received numerous industry accolades – including the Aiguille d’Or at the GPHG 2016, the Oscars of watchmaking. On the occasion of Geneva Watch Days, Ferdinand Berthoud takes its Chronomètre FB1 into new territories, with a bold black-on-black DLC-coated steel unique piece manufactured for ART IN TIME.
ART IN TIME is a watchmaking gallery concept located in Monaco at the behest of Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-president of Chopard and President of Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud. It offers quintessential watchmaking art from niche brands united by their shared values of independence, originality and craftsmanship.
Presented on the occasion of Geneva Watch Days, the Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1.6-3 is a unique piece. Like other ART IN TIME unique pieces, part of the sale proceeds will be passed on to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, dedicated to building a sustainable future.
With its black colour scheme, the Chronomètre FB 1.6-3 exudes a sporty feel. The model’s 44mm case comes in stainless steel for the first time, and it has been black DLC-coated. The crown is fitted with a ceramic insert. The vertical satin-finish dial and the strap are also entirely clad in black. Echoing the House of Grimaldi’s two heraldic colours, the white and red touches are a nod to Monaco.
Turning the watch over, the view on the hand-wound calibre FB-T.FC-2 is simply breathtaking. Ferdinand Berthoud opted for the version of the calibre FB1 chronometer fitted with sapphire bridges. For this unique piece, the captions on the bridges are inked in red. With more than 1,000 parts, the pillar-type architecture is fully visible under the transparent bridges that allow you to discover the barrel, the fusée, the tourbillon or the mobile cone, which drives the power reserve indication. As we have come to expect from Ferdinand Berthoud, the finishing is truly exceptional. The brand’s watchmakers control their work with an x6 magnifying lens to ensure that they are flawless. Last but not least, it is a chronometer, officially certified by the COSC.
The Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1.6-3 Unique Piece comes on a black alligator strap with red stitches and is closed by a pin buckle. Available with ART IN TIME, it will be yours for CHF 212,000.