The prestigious international jury of this 2016 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève/ GPHG announced the winners of 15 prizes and awarded the “Aiguiile d’Or” Grand Prix to Ferdinand Berthoud for the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 model, a timepiece crafted in two exclusive series of 50 watches each. Chronométrie FERDINAND BERTHOUD’s first exceptional model is a contemporary expression for an emblematic name in watchmaking.
Housed in an octagonal case with watertight portholes, its Calibre FB-T.FC tourbillon movement with an original fusée and chain transmission system, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, was entirely developed, produced and assembled in the Fleurier workshops of Chronométrie FERDINAND BERTHOUD. The 18-carat gold 44 mm case of the FERDINAND BERTHOUD FB 1 chronometer is octagonal-shaped and inspired by the structure of the marine chronometers developed by the Swiss master watchmaker.
The chronometer is powered by an original mechanical hand-wound movement comprising more than 1,120 components. The 18-carat gold 44 mm case of the FERDINAND BERTHOUD FB 1 chronometer is octagonal-shaped and inspired by the structure of the marine chronometers developed by the Swiss master watchmaker.
Calibre FB-T.FC is equipped with a remarkable low-frequency (3 Hz) tourbillon featuring a direct-drive seconds display and a constant-force regulating device with suspended fusée and chain transmission, enabling it to take up an unusually small place within the movement. The fusée is equipped with a differential-winding system as well as a unique “suspended mobile cone” power-reserve mechanism. The result of almost three years’ research and development, culminating in cutting-edge reliability tests, Calibre FB-T.FC delivers exceptional precision and rating regularity duly certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), along with 53 hours’ autonomy and optimal readability of its hours, minutes, seconds and power-reserve functions. A patent has been filed for its unprecedented mechanisms.