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Pre-Watches and Wonders – Ferdinand Berthoud Régulateur...
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Pre-Watches and Wonders – Ferdinand Berthoud Régulateur Squelette

Monday, 05 April 2021
By The FHH Journal editors
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Only 20 examples of the new Régulateur Squelette movement will be produced and housed in a choice of round or octagonal cases. This calibre with tourbillon and fusee-and-chain transmission thus heralds a new approach for Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud.

In a bid to strengthen ties with the original inspiration of its founder, Ferdinand Berthoud (1727 – 1807), the Manufacture bearing his name is introducing an evolved version of its business model: as of now, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud will communicate the total number of units for each inhouse-made calibre. This new mindset is embodied by a first creation: the Régulateur Squelette FB RS, a new model based on the FB-T.FC-RS calibre. For the first time, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud has announced that the production of this movement will be strictly limited to 20 in all.

Caliber FB 1RS6
Caliber FB 1RS6

The FB-T.FC-RS calibre is the first skeleton movement produced by the Manufacture. This regulator-type chronometer movement with tourbillon and fusee-and-chain transmission is the result of comprehensive technical and aesthetic development and is inspired by Marine Clock No. 8, produced by the master-watchmaker in Paris in 1768. Through the opening visible at 2 o’clock, a large-diameter sapphire disc indicates the hours, while minutes are read off on the dial offset to 12 o’clock. The seconds are displayed on a flat sapphire inner bezel ring surrounding the dial. The FB-T.FC-RS calibre features a pillar-type structure in which the barrel and the reverse fusee are both suspended. This fusee-and-chain transmission mechanism ensures the distribution of energy by delivering “constant force” to the tourbillon with its direct-drive seconds. Finally, the power-reserve indicator is visible on the case-back side.

Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RS.2
Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RS.2

The choice of watch exterior – from among the various combinations offered by Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud – will be left to the collector. Henceforth, the Manufacture will be offering two variations: the FB 1RS.6 with an octagonal case in carburised stainless steel and the FB 2RS.2 with a round case in 18-carat rose gold. This carburised steel has had its molecular structure reinforced, making its surface (1200 Vickers) extremely resistant to scratches and corrosion. The gold is of certified ethical origin.

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