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Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 2RSM.2-1
© Ferdinand Berthoud
- See Also Berthoud, Ferdinand
La Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud is a watch brand of Chopard Group, announced in 2013 and named for 18th century clockmaking pioneer Ferdinand Berthoud. In 1770 Berthoud was awarded the title of “Clockmaker and Mechanic by appointment to the French King and Navy”.
In 2013, Chopard co-presidents Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Caroline Scheufele announced their intention to create a new high-end watchmaking brand named for Ferdinand Berthoud, pioneer of the marine chronometer. The first products of this participation appeared in 2013 and the brand has proved successful since then.
Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud is driven by the vision of its president, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. The latter has patiently built up an important collection of objects relating to time measurement within the L.U.CEUM museum in Fleurier, including a number of works by Ferdinand Berthoud.
Precision is one of the top priorities of this manufacturer, as the term “Chronométrie” in the brand name already reveals. All watches are COSC-certified (-4/+6 seconds/day), but the Ferdinand Berthoud in-house tests require even -1/+2 seconds per day. The performed Fleuritests (see Qualité Fleurier) verify accuracy and reliability, and time-keeping precision is measured for the entire power reserve.
The first product launched, Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1, has an octagonal case with the hour and minute hands moved to a subdial at 12 00 to focus on the central seconds hand, driven by a minute tourbillon. The brand won the “Aiguille d'Or” Grand Prix at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève for this watch in November, 2016.
Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud SA
Rue des Moulins 20
Tel: +41 32 862 21 21