ferdinand berthoud


The new Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3 is a marine chronometer with an unusual design and innovative movement that’s on the crest of a wave.

Its rose gold predecessor won the Aiguille d’Or at the GPHG 2016. The award was won fair and square given the design and technical features of the timepiece. This year, the watch brand founded by the French genius who was the Watch Mechanic to the King and Navy in 1770, has unveiled a new version of its marine chronometer: the Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3. “We wondered what kind of wristwatch Ferdinand Berthoud would make if he was here today”, says Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, President of the brand. “The answer was a new watch inspired by marine models of the time but in a contemporary way without feeling retro.”

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There are just 50 of the Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3 with an octagonal platinum case and unique complexity. This watch is certainly complex! The 44mm case houses the FB-T.FC calibre built on 15 bridges and 3 half-bridges in nickel silver. The mechanical dance is a feast for the eyes as you gaze through the openwork dial and the four portholes on the sides which showcase 1200 components bringing to life the watch whose to-ing and fro-ing comes from the fusée-chain system. This system has a spiral groove which a chain furls and unfurls around and is linked to the barrel. This operation adjusts the motive power transferred to the gearwheel.

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Ferdinand Berthoud filed no fewer than four patents to make the Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3: a patent for the suspended tourbillon, another for the 53-hour power reserve and two others for the fusée and the barrel. The brand has brought us a revolutionary gem of watchmaking whose design takes no prisoners.

Price: CHF 248,000

By Isabelle Guignet