A new era for Ferdinand Berthoud, Chronométrier
Master watchmaker and chronometer-maker Ferdinand Berthoud made an indelible imprint on history with his fabulous creations, including the 18th century Marine Clocks that guided the vessels of the King of France towards new horizons.
Fleurier, Val-de-Travers, Neuchâtel (Suisse), 4 novembre 2013
Attentive visitors to the L.U.CEUM in Fleurier will certainly have noticed the particular interest that Mr. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele takes – he is passionate about the history and art of watchmaking – in the masterpieces of the illustrious chronométrier Ferdinand Berthoud. Ferdinand Berthoud was born in 1727 in Plancemont, barely five kilometers from Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, and he became a master watchmaker in Paris in 1753.
An avid theoretician and experimenter, Ferdinand Berthoud spent his life in the relentless pursuit of perfect precision in the field of marine chronometry; even today, many of his observations and publications continue to prove their merit. The quality and originality of his thinking and craftsmanship made Ferdinand Berthoud one of the most talented watchmaking engineers of all time, and the success of his Montres Marines n°6 and 8 during sea trials, which enabled the measurement of longitude to a precision of less than half a degree, earned him the highly coveted official title of “Watchmaking Mechanic to the King and to the Navy”.
Most importantly though, the amazing precision of his marine chronometers finally allowed France to tackle the historical naval supremacy of England of the time in the on-going battle over the sea routes used for trading and warfare.
In homage to this master watchmaker, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has fulfilled his dream of bringing back to life the name Ferdinand Berthoud by creating a dedicated structure – the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud – to develop and build the products of the eponymous brand.
The first Ferdinand Berthoud timekeeper of modern times will be presented in Septembre 2015 ; the production in very limited quantities and its discerning distribution will begin soon afterwards.