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Hi fellow watchenthusiasts,
I am just sharing from Geneva Watch Days 2020.
Let me start with my video:
This Ferdinand Berthoud FB2 Chronometer is the newest timepiece from this amazing independent watchmaker (which is owned by Chopard) who was a French watchmaker living at the same time as French watchmaker Breguet and British watchmaker Arnold. Back in the time, Ferdinand Berthoud created already complicated pocketwatches.
The front of this watch suggests a classy and beautiful dial. However, this watch is hiding some major complications. And it is limited to 10 pieces only. Simply because it is very complicated to make. Let me explain why.
Let me start with the unique movement design. Instead of bridges the movement is based on pillars. This is the first time I am seeing this. While some may think that this may affect accuracy in a negative way, let me tell you it is even improving accuracy to a chronometer level. The inspiration is resulting from an early pocketwatch made by Ferdinand Berthoud.
The caseback is displaying a powerreserve indication. And the movement has a fusee and chain based winding mechanism. The chain alone is about 30cm long containing over 800 links. Altogether the watch movement has over 1200 pieces. That still is the level of a very complicated timepiece with nearly 400 remaining parts in the movement. Even chronographs and perpetual calendars require less parts.
Last but not least, this watch contains a remontoire d’egalite which provides a constant power supply and the watch has a jumping second.
Yes, it may be overkill to create such a complicated watch, at the same time this watch has a historic reason of being.
There are two versions: one which has a white enamel dial in a white gold case. There is a second version with a black enamel dial in a rosegold case. For those who dont know, a black enamel dial is more difficult to make than a white enamel dial.
This timepiece has a 44mm case. Despite its heft, it is not headheavy as I could experience it on my wrist.
Limited to 10 pieces each with a more or less significant wait time. But it would be well worth it.
For more information, visit Ferdinand Berthoud.
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