If the name dates back to the 18th century, Ferdinand Berthoud was resurrected only recently by Chopard’s Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and his team. While manifesting respect to the Berthoud legacy, the brand’s first creations offer a superb, modern take on this heritage. These watches have received a remarkable accolade from the watch community and industry: at the GPHG, the Oscars of watchmaking, Ferdinand Berthoud was awarded the prestigious Aiguille d’Or in 2016 and the Chronometry prize in 2019. On the occasion of the Dubai Watch Week, the brand introduces a new version of its impressive Chronometer featuring a unique combination of platinum, grey ceramic and a translucent blue dial. Meet the Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3-1 Sapphire Blue Chronometer.
The FB 1.3-1 Sapphire Blue Chronometer is an elegant take on Ferdinand Berthoud’s first contemporary creation. For the occasion, the signature 44mm octagonal case is presented in 950 platinum with ceramic inter-lug inserts. Its subtle tone contrasts beautifully with a silky translucent blue dial with a vertical satin finish.
Inside is the hand-wound FB-T.FC-2 calibre, a version of the brand’s inaugural movement featuring three sapphire bridges. Together with the exhibition caseback, these transparent bridges offer an unimpeded view of the watch’s sophisticated and flawless inner workings. A pillar architecture, the movement includes a fusée-and-chain and a one-minute tourbillon. The large tourbillon is secured by a blue CVD-coated arrow-shaped bridge. Operating at 3Hz, it features a balance spring with a Phillips terminal curve.
A Maltese-cross stop-work limits the rotation of the barrel, creating a locking point to prevent any damage from over-winding. The 53-hour power reserve indication is driven by a cone moving up and down along a threaded arbour. In line with the brand’s focus on chronometry, the watch’s precision is attested by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres).
A 5-piece limited edition, the Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3-1 Sapphire Blue Chronometer is fitted with a hand-stitched, rolled-edged alligator leather strap secured with a platinum safety folding clasp. Price is set at EUR 265,000. More details on www.ferdinandberthoud.ch.