Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud was born of the initiative of Chopard’s co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who acquired the name in 2006. This move was driven by a determination to give a new lease on life to an impressive heritage, by launching a creative new brand of exceptional timepieces crafted in highly limited series in tribute to the master horologist and thus restoring his name to its former glory. Chopard Group is thereby laying a new milestone in its Rolex replica watchmaking development and further reinforcing its presence in Fleurier, in the Val-de-Travers region of Canton Neuchâtel – Switzerland, where the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud company is established.
Born in 1727 in the Val-de-Travers – Switzerland, Ferdinand Berthoud was granted the title of “Master Clockmaker” in Paris in 1753. This exceptional horologist and tireless researcher who served as “Horloger-Mécanicien du Roi et de la Marine” – Horologist-Mechanic by appointment to the King and the Navy – left behind him an exceptionally broad body of work, notably in the field of marine chronometers.
While the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud is part of the Chopard Group, the development, design and production of Ferdinand Berthoud watches stem from a separate, autonomous and dedicated creative process. To guarantee this exclusivity and this independence, specific watchmakers have been hired in order to develop the original calibres and exteriors of these incomparable timepieces.
As the first step of its renewal, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud presents an exclusive timepiece inspired by the marine clocks developed by the famous watchmaker, the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.