For the SIHH 2018, Ferdinand Berthoud, the top of the line brainchild of Karl Friedrich Scheufele (co-CEO of Chopard), advances its developing assortment with an astonishing watch, a genuine connoisseur’s piece with a solid spotlight on chronometry. Its unique controller type show and its super safe carburised hardened steel case are new, yet its tourbillon/fusée-chain development is a similar wonder we knew already.
Like the past versions of the Chronomètre FB 1, on which this new Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1R.6-1 is based, this watch is a tribute to the past and to the brilliant watchmaker Berthoud. This watch is outfitted with several complications propelled by logical instruments and marine chronometers. Every one of them have a similar objective: improving exactness. And keeping in mind that this was at that point noticeable on the past watches presented by the brand, the enhanced one says something as far as show too.
The Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1R.6-1 gets rid of the tourbillon opening on the dial side (regardless of whether the tourbillon is as yet present on the development side) and decides on an incredibly simplified dial. The primary spotlight here is on the second’s hand, while the hours and minutes are part – yet a long way from being traditionally shown as well. The enormous focal hand shows the seconds and is straightforwardly connected to the tourbillon that hums underneath the dial. At 12 is the sub-dial for the minutes and at 2 is an astounding angled opening that shows meandering hours (on a glare-proofed sapphire precious stone circle highlighting moved Arabic numerals, striking a satisfying difference against the white background).
The dial, made of nickel silver, vertically glossy silk brushed by hand and dark rhodium-plated, is a remarkable kind of controller where all the signs are part to bring the most ideal view. The fourth sign to be shown on this dial is the force hold – yet here once more, nothing basic in the way it works. A patent has been petitioned for this modern force save sign. “Visible through a cut-out in the half-connect working on this issue rear, a shortened cone goes here and there along an arbor associated with the barrel. This suspended cone is topped by a sensor axle as a versatile arm tipped with a watch gem. The last’s situation on the cone mirrors the barrel’s province of wind. The sensor shaft thus sends the amount of energy collected by the origin to a bunch of finely chamfered and rhodium-plated level switches obvious through a cut-out in the controller plate. Its job is to enhance the uprooting of the force hold hand. A winding spring set at the furthest finish of its movement practices a power on the base of the force save hand. This spring serves to compensate for the play between the different components of this instrument and to show the force hold with unequaled precision.”
The new Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1R.6-1 additionally includes an inventive case. Still a 44 mm-measurement watch estimating under 14 mm-thick, as yet unchanged generally speaking plan with round focal compartment and octagonal-molded case-groups, the material utilized here is new: an ultra-safe carburised spotless steel. The sub-atomic construction of this steel has been built up by a thermo-synthetic cycle including the dispersion of fume stage carbon, thereby ensuring an outstanding surface hardness of 1200 Vickers and making it amazingly powerful. It is additionally very consumption safe and biocompatible. The case highlights two octagonal-molded treated steel side pieces, with two horizontal openings at 2 and 11 giving perspectives on the chain-and-fusee component in action.
Inside the new Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1R.6-1 is the notable and eminent development seen in past releases of the FB 1. Comprising a consistent power fusée-and-chain gadget just as a one-minute tourbillon, this development is cutting edge Haute-Horlogerie, additionally as far as wrapping up. All the parts, including the German silver scaffolds and plates, are carefully finished by hand. You can peruse more about this development in our inside and out anecdote about the FB 1 here .
Like all watches made by Ferdinand Berthoud, this new release in solidified steel and with novel controller show will be restricted underway, with just 20 pieces delivered for this model. We’ll get back to this watch after the SIHH with our involved contemplations. More subtleties on www.ferdinandberthoud.ch .