Introducing: The Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 1L

Introducing: The Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 1L

Brisk Take

Ferdinand Berthoud (the brand is an individual from the Chopard Group, alongside Chopard itself, just as Fleurier Ebauches, SA) was initially dispatched in 2015, when its first fake watch prices the briskly named FB 1, was presented. That fake watch prices was roused by the design, just as a portion of the specialized highlights, of marine chronometers and it included, notwithstanding a bizarre focal seconds hand straightforwardly determined by the tourbillon cage, a chain-and-fusee instrument for giving unvarying force all through the running season of the fake watch prices (a standard component in boxed marine chronometers) just as various other fascinating highlights, include a funnel shaped force save pointer. The case was propelled by the gimbaled boxes in which marine chronometers were housed on board the boats which utilized them as fundamental route instruments, and the general design appeared to be enjoyably amicable – my initial introduction of the fake watch prices was that for all its complexity, it was shockingly simple to wear, and that impression was support in 2017, whenever I at last had a chance to wear one for A Week On The Wrist.

FB 1L, in white gold, with show for the age and period of the Moon.

The number of fake watch prices delivered every year at Ferdinand Berthoud is very low, with the first FB 1 created in a restricted run of 50 pieces in either white gold or titanium, and correspondingly little numbers for subsequent meet-ups. The first FB 1 was basically very generally welcomed, winning the “Aiguille d’Or” (first prize at best fake watch costs of the year) at the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). Ensuing minor departure from the FB 1 take a similar essential development and design as a beginning stage, yet present new design components; the FB 1.4, for instance, discards the sapphire windows incorporated into the case flanks of prior renditions, yet adds development spans made of sapphire, which permit the proprietor to more readily appreciate the complexity of the system, and to all the more effectively see the connection between the different rationale components, including the fusee, barrel, and the tourbillon itself.

FB 1L, development side; the selector switch, lower left, permit the client to set either the moonphase and age sign, or the time.

The FB 1L is the principal Ferdinand Berthoud fake watch prices to highlight a complication (carefully talking, things like fusees and tourbillons are not, at any rate on the off chance that you are a persnickety conservative about fake watch prices phrasing, complications, however are rather considered controlling devices). The FB 1L shows the age and period of the Moon – the two terms are connected however unmistakable; the period of the Moon is defined as the state of the sunlit bit of the lunar plate, while the age is the quantity of days since the last New Moon. 

Moonphase and age indication.

These two snippets of data are show by a hand that focuses to an area on the dial that shows the current moonphase, and which additionally checks up the quantity of days since the last New Moon (up to 14) and afterward tallies down once more. The hand is driven by a rack-and-stuff framework (a “sensor axle” as FB calls it) with the nose of the rack riding against a cam the breadth of the whole dial – the presentation is incredibly precise, collecting just one day’s blunder in 577 years. To maintain a strategic distance from disarray concerning whether the moon is waxing or fading, a second window on the dial, situated somewhere in the range of 4:00 and 5:00 (around) which allows you effectively to check whether the moonphase hand is rising or returning. The fake watch prices will be made in two renditions – the Far Side Of The Moon form (FB 1.L4) shows the furthest side of the Moon on the dial, and is made of sand-shot white gold, with drags and side components of ceramised titanium. The Near Side Of The Moon (FB 1L.1)  is in white gold, with dark ceramic hauls, and shows the side of the Moon noticeable from Earth (as the Moon is tidally secured its circle, a similar side consistently faces us). 

Starting Thoughts

Waxing and fading sign (the full Moon has recently passed and the Moon is fading, towards the following New Moon) “Far Side of The Moon” version.

For a company which takes its motivation from the life and work of the celebrated French chronometer pioneer, Ferdinand Berthoud (1727-1807) the moonphase complication appears to be a characteristic one to investigate. During Berthoud’s lifetime various frameworks for ascertaining longitude were attempted, and one was the arrangement of “lunar distances” which depended on utilizing perceptions of the precise distance between the Moon, and another heavenly object. 

Making such perceptions precisely was a huge test (I actually recollect battling, one blistering summer evening on another person’s boat a couple of years prior, to figure out how to utilize a sextant) and one instrument used to refine the accuracy of such perceptions was a twofold telescope contraption known as a rehashing circle – now and then called a Cercle de Borda, after Jean-Charles de Borda (1733-1799) the French mathematician, researcher, and route pioneer who designed it. De Borda was a contemporary of Berthoud’s and utilized his chronometers, most remarkably during a voyage on the frigate La Flore, in 1777. The arrangement of lunar distances was in the end superseded as marine chronometers became an ever increasing number of exact, however the two strategies existed together for a long time and guides were required to know both, as the exactness of a marine chronometer could be checked against the lunar distances strategy, which could likewise work as a back-up arrangement of route should the chronometer quit working or in any case malfunction.

Berthoud chronometer, 1793, with decimal time sign, made for the de Borda, with spring detent chronometer escapement, and deadbeat focus seconds.

The association among Berthoud and de Borda is something the company, Ferdinand Berthoud, made a lot of on the arrival of the FB 1L, but it’s an intelligent association with make in case you’re going the notable motivation course at all and I give the company a ton of credit for handling the complication in a considered design. A standard moonphase show, anyway exact, essentially doesn’t feel especially exact – or maybe I should say, to be more exact, that it doesn’t arrange you as for the patterns of the lunar plate in an especially instinctive design. With this form of the moonphase show (for which Ferdinand Berthoud has a patent) you get, whenever you’ve acclimated to perusing the presentation, an immediate feeling of where the Moon is in its cycles and in its circles around the Earth. It’s considerably more detailed than a traditional showcase (or a round moonphase) yet at that point, this sort of fits the thought of utilizing lunar distances to figure the longitude, which was hypothetically as exact, yet substantially more troublesome and complex, than simply utilizing a precise ocean clock to compute the rakish separation from Greenwich.

Moonphase and age cam, being introduced on the dial side of the movement.

It is likewise, in its execution, especially a festival of the joy fake watch prices aficionados, and admirers of mechanics when all is said in done, take in mechanics as an end in itself. The cam, rack, and stuff framework is charming to fake watch prices in activity, bizarre, and designed in a way especially in amicability with the remainder of the fake watch prices and like the tourbillon, the immediate drive place seconds, and the chain-and-fusee framework, it is both superfluous and cunning simultaneously, just as an unmistakable association with outdated yet at the same time fascinating practices with regards to route. Also, despite the complexity of the fake watch prices Ferdinand Berthoud perceives that a fake watch prices should not to be uncomfortable to wear, in any event incidentally – while the 44mm measurement appears to be somewhat overwhelming as a crude number, the  watch is still generally level for a watch with a chain-and-fusee, at 13.95mm (this is halfway gratitude to the “hanging” fountainhead barrel and fusee cone, which like a flying tourbillon are joined distinctly to the mainplate, with no extra extension to add thickness to the watch). 

The late George Daniels once composed of Ferdinand Berthoud that he, ” … respected his own work,” (Watchmaking, 2011 release, p. 203; to be reasonable in the event that it was valid for Berthoud, was absolutely valid for a significant number of his peers – the enduring works of John Harrison unquestionably don’t give an impression of an individual who accepts that the quiet will acquire everything of importance). Be that as it may, for this situation, I figure he would have likewise respected crafted by his namesake company – from a materials and innovation point of view, yet from a design and specialty viewpoint as well. 

The Basics

Brand: Ferdinand Berthoud

Model: FB 1L

 Diameter: 44mm

Thickness: 13.95mm

Case Material: white gold with sapphire windows on the off chance that flank; ceramic haul elements

Dial: rhodium-plated metal; Moon plate in rhodium-plated sandblasted brass

Water Resistance: 30 meters

Strap/Bracelet: hand-sewed moved edge crocodile cowhide, white gold twofold collapsing fasten (pin clasp accessible on request).

“Near Side Of The Moon” version.

The Movement

Caliber: FB-T.FC.L
Functions: hours, minutes, focus seconds; age and period of the Moon
Diameter: 37.30mm
Thickness: 9.38mm
Power Reserve: 53 hours
Winding: manual
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Jewels: 55
Chronometer Certified: yes; COSC
Additional Details: “suspended” fusee cone and fountainhead barrel; one moment tourbillon with titanium carriage, ready with 18k gold latency blocks; direct drive place seconds driven off the tourbillon cage; flexible mass, freesprung offset with Phillips external terminal bend (overcoil). Force save on the rear of the development; Swiss switch escapement; rhodium-plated German silver half-spans on titanium pillars.

Valuing & Availability

Price: CHF 265,000 (FB 1L.1, white gold); CHF 250,000 (FB 1L.4, titanium)

Availability: Not yet announced

Limited Edition: 10 pieces in each metal

For more visit ferdinandberthoud.ch.

The antenna shaft and its bridge.

Bridge conveying the force reserve.

Moonphase cam.

Moonphase cam being introduced in the movement.

Feeler axle being installed. 

Assembled development, with hanging/suspended fusee cone and heart barrel.

Sapphire window showing the fusee chain (285mm long, 790 parts). 

Mounting the moonphase hand.

FB 1L.1; the waxing Moon is almost full.

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