Hands-On – The New Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1.4, In Titanium and with Sapphire Bridges on the Movement

Hands-On – The New Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1.4, In Titanium and with Sapphire Bridges on the Movement

Ferdinand Berthoud strips down its tremendous Chronomètre FB1 . After the as of late presented platinum version , it’s currently the development that advances. Surely, sapphire bridges presently offer an unhampered view on its executioner inward operations, and this mechanical excellence is currently housed in a titanium case (with 2 unique dials accessible). Meet the Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1.4, accessible in two unique adaptations, which shows very a few advancements compared to the past models of the brand.

After a long hatching period, Chopard’s Karl Frederich Schefeule restored Berthoud, perhaps the best horologist, everything being equal, with the revealing of the FB1 chronometer, an advanced, individual interpretation of this extraordinary legacy (read our past audits about the FB1.1/2 and FB1.3 ). An accolade for chronometry, this detailed creation includes a few systems to advance accuracy. It got various industry honors, including being granted the Aiguille d’Or at GPHG 2016 (the “Oscars of Watchmaking”). However, this lofty honor isn’t the stopping point – a long way from it.

Heart uncovered – The main renditions of the model offer a great deal to see with its suspended fusée and chain combined with a stop-work system, its curiously large tourbillon and horizontal openings permitting you to see into the development significantly more. The actually complex FB1 actually had a few insider facts holding back to be uncovered, and in doing so the FB1.4 adds present day subtleties to the style and specialized qualities of the predominant versions.

“Light is the material second to none” for Le Corbusier, the expert of current design. Ferdinand Berthoud’s most recent creation appears to have been planned around this guideline. With the FB1.4, the sapphire bridges offer an unhampered view on the striking design of the development, the play of light and shadow is the way in to its magnificence.

Its column type development and more than 1000-section mind boggling configuration are currently completely uncovered, under sapphire bridges, further featuring the magnificent play of balance between the barrel, the fusée and the tourbillon. A gesture to the marine chronometers worked by Berthoud previously, its rhodium-plated bridges are gotten to the principle plate with titanium columns, rather than having the plate and bridges screwed firmly along with hollows to help the mechanical components. This sanctuary like plan presently feels, simultaneously; practically holy, customary yet profoundly modern.

The versatile cone which shows the force hold, the fusée-and-chain, the tourbillon and different features of the development are currently uncovered in a novel, fabulous viewpoint. The remarkable completion of the type is introduced in another light. The careful hand enhancement of all parts requires a long time of work. The way that the brand’s experts check their work under a x6 amplifying focal point educates a great deal concerning the aspiring principles at Ferdinand Berthoud. The outcome is really spectacular.

The utilization of sapphire bridges adds additional trouble, as making sapphire parts to the demanding resiliences of watch development configuration requires exact designing and assembling. Their control is much more sensitive as any blemish, stain or residue would be uncovered through this straightforward edge. The flimsy, bolt formed extension holding the tourbillon set up now comes in blue which is a pleasant touch.

Another oddity, the watch case is molded out of light-weight, hardwearing titanium, making it comfortable to wear (the sapphire bridges are additionally much lighter). Its detailed plan is motivated by marine chronometers and gimbal suspension, with horizontal components (grade 2 titanium lugs) embracing a focal barrel shaped evaluation 5 titanium compartment. This titanium form no longer highlights side windows. Albeit fragile to accomplish with titanium, the case’s silk/cleaned finish is top-notch.

The dial is introduced in either vertical silk brushed silver-conditioned metal or dark aroused iced metal. It is made with flawlessness – not that you would expect whatever else from Ferdinand Berthoud. The hours and minutes tick by the topsy turvy sub-dial at 12, considering an exceptionally clear focus seconds sign. The hands and tightens are introduced either silver tone (black dial) or blue (silver dial) for improved difference. In the middle, the huge opening uncovers the second’s haggle driving wheel of the tourbillon carriage.

The Ferdinand Berthoud FB1 is worn on an eminent crocodile cowhide tie, hand-sewn, with gator lining and moved edges. It is gotten with a titanium security collapsing fasten with a comfort-upgrading augmentation framework. It is delivered in 2 restricted versions of 20 pieces each, an emblematic number as Ferdinand Berthoud was commissioned with the creation of 20 marine chronometers for the French Royal Navy in 1770.

The Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1.4, with titanium case and sapphire bridges, is estimated at CHF 198,000EUR 205,210USD 207,900GBP 170,230 (Which is essentially 50k not exactly the platinum rendition ). More subtleties on  www.ferdinandberthoud.ch .


Technical determinations Ferdinand Berthoud FB1.4

  • Case: 44 mm x 13 mm – titanium case – sapphire gem with against intelligent covering – sapphire case back with hostile to intelligent covering – water impervious to 30m.
  • Movement: type FB-T.FC2 mechanical with manual winding – 35.50 mm x 7.96 mm – 53h power save – 21’600 vibrations/h – 46 gems – hours, minutes, seconds, power hold sign – one-minute tourbillon, Fusée-and-chain. Chronometer certified.
  • Strap: alligator calfskin tie with security collapsing clasp.
  • Price:  CHF 198,000 – EUR 205,210 – USD 207,900 – GBP 170,230
  • Limited Edition of multiple times 20 pieces