Chopard Revives Ferdinand Berthoud, Introduces Tourbillon with Chain and Fusée (with Pricing) Replica Wholesale

It was his thought and endeavor to make Chopard Watches Mumbai Replica to a vertically integrated and, therefore, safely independent, watch manufacture — their very first motion they created in 1996 and since then have been on a roll, with self-developed chronographs, insanely complicated perpetual calendar chronograph, “All In One” watches, and simply the best sounding minute repeater to date.All this, and yet the Scheufele family remains almost totally behind the scenes of Chopard — in actuality, this “Grand Cru” designation is the only occasion I could think of when it’s something private to them which was added to some Chopard watch. It’s the most bashful and shy manner, as they’re placing a reference to something that’s their private pastime and passion on a Chopard watch.The related story is that the Scheufele family have recently acquired a vineyard and chateau — after some 20 years of study, to fulfill their enthusiasm for wine-making. In fact, I’ve gotten to know Karl-Friedrich Scheufele as an obsessive perfectionist because of his passions, namely watches and wine, in addition to vintage cars. The motives which led him to pursue the vineyard basically provide the same kind of drive that led to his invention and success of the Chopard L.U.C division.However, Chopard must ideally find a way to credit the Scheufele’s for exactly what they’ve done to make Chopard to exactly what it is and turn this into a personal, relatable component — however, with all the best will in the world, I seriously doubt that the above-mentioned story will be obtained and then forwarded on the consumer by even the most motivated Chopard sales staff. Maybe if more people were educated about the Scheufele family and their role in creating Chopard exactly what it is today, there are a stronger connection between this view and the way its identity is both presented and promoted.

A long dormant name in watchmaking, Ferdinand Berthoud is now back in business, thanks to Chopard. Conceived as a specialist manufacturer of top of the line complications, Ferdinand Berthoud makes it debut with the FB 1 Chronometer, a wristwatch powered by a newly developed movement featuring a tourbillon regulator as well as a chain and fusee constant force mechanism.

An 18th century name revived

Ferdinand Berthoud was born in 1727 in the Swiss town of Neuchâtel, but like all other eminent watchmakers of the era, moved to Paris to practice his trade. A peer of Abraham-Louis Breguet, Berthoud was clockmaker to both the French Navy and King of France. Like his great rival Pierre Le Roy (who also lends his name to a resurrected company), Berthoud is best known for his marine chronometers, which serve as inspiration for the FB 1 Chronometer wristwatch.

Ferdinand Berthoud marine chronometer no. 6, c. 1777

The FB 1 Chronometer is the first watch from the recently resurrected name, one that is completely separate from its parent, Chopard. So the new is entirely new, though it is manufactured in Chopard’s factory in Fleurier, the very same facility that produces many of the wonderfully conceived and finished Chopard Watches For Sale Replica L.U.C movements. Both L.U.C and Berthoud are overseen by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, scion of the family that owns Chopard.

The FB 1 Chronometer

Given the provenance, the movement is unsurprisingly impressive. It has a tourbillon as well as a chain and fusee, features that are found in other movements, like in the original Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite. But what makes the FB 1 different lie in the details of the movement construction. To start with it’s constructed like an old marine chronometer movement, albeit using modern materials. German silver bridges form the top and bottom plates, keeping all the gears in place. The bridges are held together by titanium pillars pillars.

The titanium pillars in between the plates
The one-minute tourbillon

Because the movement is constructed in this manner, some of its components are floating, that is anchored only on one side, instead of both as is convention. The suspending fusee, visible on the back of the movement, is one such floating part.

The chain and fusee

In the spirit of marine chronometers, the FB 1 is COSC certified, but more importantly, it has a directly driven centre seconds. That means the seconds hand is connected directly to the gear train, instead of being driven via intermediate gears as is common in centre seconds watches.

Power reserve display at nine o’clock with the time at 12 o’clock

The FB 1 Chronometer case is octagonal, being vaguely based on similarly shaped marine chronometers of old. It’s 44mm in diameter and 13mm thick. Four sides of the case have sapphire portholes, offering a view of many details inside the movement, made possible by the pillar construction.

Two versions of the FB 1 Chronometer are available, both with cases comprised of two materials. The first is in white gold with titanium lugs, while the second is in rose gold with black ceramic lugs. Both are limited to 50 pieces.

The Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 Chronometer is priced at SFr220,000 before taxes, equivalent to US$225,000.

Ferdinand Berthoud
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele