Introducing the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3

The Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3
The Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3

Sometime in 2014, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele — better known as the head honcho of Chopard timepieces — found himself so moved by a particular timepiece he had in his collection that he sought to learn about its maker. The more he learned, the more he grew an emotional attachment to this watchmaker.

Chopard's Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele

There came a point that the only logical outpouring of his emotional build up, was to use the power vested in him to revive the name of this watchmaker, giving it the light that it deserves in the twenty-first century and in the legacy books of horology’s greatest names. Thus was born la maison, Ferdinand Berthoud.

Ferdinand Berthoud
A Ferdinand Berthoud statue

Later, in September of 2015, Mr. Scheufele gave the world the first watch to be created in this endeavor of his, the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1. The timepiece was the realization of what Mr. Scheufele suggested would’ve been the what Ferdinand Berthoud, the father of French marine chronometer, would’ve crafted today, had he been alive.

But more than the visual effect that the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 bore when the world of horology gazed upon it, what really captivated the mind was the movement that was created for the watch. The Caliber FB-T.FC is truly a master piece. A COSC certified movement, with a magnificent tourbillon beating at 21,600vph (3 hertz), regulated by an even more impressive chain and fusée, constant force mechanism — to call it a triumph, would be an understatement. But don’t take our word for it. Take the word of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, which named the watch the winner of the “Aiguille d’or” Grand Prix award, in 2016.

Caliber FB-T.FC
Caliber FB-T.FC

50 pieces of the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 were announced at the time in white gold and yet another 50 in rose gold.

Today, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Ferdinand Berthoud have announced a third version of the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1. This time in platinum with grey ceramic lugs and the same cemaric used for the medallion on the watch’s crown. Naturally, this too, will be limited to 50 pieces. Which means, the world receives another 50 pieces of that incredible movement now — the superb Caliber FB-T.FC.