Ferdinand Berthoud - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Ferdinand Berthoud
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: FB1R.6
    Movement No: 0112
    Case No: 1071, case flank further engraved with limited edition number 1/20
    Model Name: FB1R.6
    Material: Carburated stainless steel
    Calibre: Manuel, cal. FB-T.FC.R 1, 49 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Carburated stainless steel Ferdinand Berthoud deployant clasp signed FB
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Ferdinand Berthoud presentation box and outer packaging, furthermore accompanied by Ferdinand Berthoud Certificate of Origin.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ferdinand Berthoud is undeniably one of the greatest names in watchmaking. Based in Paris he was named Horologist-Mechanic to the French navy by King Louis XV. In 2015, the Ferdinand Berthoud brand was re-established and acquired by Chopard spearheaded by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and his team with an aim to manifest the legacy of one of the greatest horologists in history.

    The present Chronomètre FB 1R.6-1 is a horological gem, merging together a technical prowess with a contemporary design.

    The watch is inspired by Berthoud’s Marine Clock N°7 from 1767 with a regulator type display. The dial features three openings: one for the hours (at 2 o’clock), another for the minutes (at 12 o’clock) and a third for the power reserve (at 10 o’clock). Whereas the seconds are indicated with a centrally mounted hand.

    The FB-T.FC.R caliber beating within has a pillar-type architecture and features a direct-drive centre seconds tourbillon whose constant force is provided by a fusée-and-chain transmission mechanism incorporating a satellite differential gear and a Maltese Cross stopwork device. The chain connecting the fusée and barrel is a feat of micro engineering and comprises of 474 steel links of a total length of 280mm.

    The octagonal shaped case is made of a new material called carburised stainless steel, a steel whose molecular structure has been reinforced by a thermochemical process offering the surface unprecedented hardness.

    The FB 1R.6 was made in a limited edition of 20 pieces and the present example bears the ultra coveted number 1.


Ref. FB1R.6
An impressive and innovative carburated stainless steel chronometer wristwatch with 1-minute tourbillon escapement, fusée-and-chain transmission, constant force regulation, power reserve indication and presentation box, numbered 1 of a limited edition of 20 pieces

Circa 2019
44mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF241,300

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024