The rather odd-named Chronomètre FB 2RE is the second major release by the modern incarnation of Ferdinand Berthoud. The man was one of the greatest watchmakers of the 18th century — no small feat given his competition —, who, on 4 December 1753, by order of the French Royal Council and in an exception to guild rules and by special favour of the King, received the official title of Master Watchmaker at the age of 26. The name was revived by none other than Co-President of Chopard, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, a man renowned for his remarkable passion for and understanding of true watchmaking values.
With that, and Chopard L.U.C’s expertise in ultra-high-end watchmaking, Ferdinand Berthoud’s renaissance was established on solid foundations. Five years after its incarnation, the FB 2RE marks the second chapter for the small manufacture, with an unshaken focus on Berthoud’s original values of high performance (i.e. accuracy), legibility, robustness and refinement.
Inspired by his original marine chronometers from some 250 years ago, the FB 2RE combines a high-contrast dial and massive hands with a bespoke movement of exceptional refinement, finish and timekeeping accuracy.
Price for the Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 2RE is 210,000 Swiss franc.
Words: David B.
Photos: Ferdinand Berthoud