Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 “Night Star”, Unique Piece for the “Only Watch” 2019 Auction

Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud is taking part in the “Only Watch” charity auction for the first time. For the eighth edition of this event, it is donating a unique piece created especially for this occasion: the Chronomètre FB 1 “Night Star”. It will be sold by Christie’s in Geneva on 9th November 2019 to support funding to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a form of muscle degeneration that is currently incurable.

The FB 1 “Night Star” model has a sandblasted anthracite-ceramised titanium case. This treatment renders titanium four times more resistant than traditional titanium, while giving it a distinctive appearance.

Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 “Night Star”, Unique Piece for the “Only Watch” 2019 Auction

A play on colours is at the heart of the design of this one-of-a-kind model. It is the first ever designed by Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud to feature hands and numerals equipped with SuperLumiNova. This luminescent material, deliberately chosen in white, contrasts with the dark tones of the exterior, evoking the gleam of the stars in the night sky.

Historically, stars were navigators’ reference points for their position on the oceans, thus recalling the ancestry of the FB 1 collection, designed in the wake of Ferdinand Berthoud’s work on calculating longitude at sea.

Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 “Night Star”, Unique Piece for the “Only Watch” 2019 Auction

Symbolically, white Super-LumiNova evokes the ray of hope that inspires the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The black ceramic crown inlay matches the frosted black dial, a finish found on the Manufacture’s most recent models. On the case-back side, the Chronomètre FB 1 “Night Star” Chronometer features three bevelled sapphire semi-bridges, providing a chance to admire the entire black rhodium-plated movement with fusée-and-chain transmission and direct-drive seconds.

Technical details

• Octagonal anthracite ceramised titanium case featuring two transparent sapphire portholes
Total diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Crown diameter: 9 mm
Numbered edition: One-of-a-kind creation
• Dynamo metric crown (uncoupling system) in ceramised titanium with black ceramic medallion
• Screw – in exhibition back in ceramised titanium fitted with a glare proofed sapphire crystal pane
• Domed “chevée” sapphire crystal glare proofed on both sides

• Black frosted dial
• Open dial centre and power- reserve indicator hand – bevelled, with black chamfers
• Off set black frosted hours and minutes subdial, white Arabic numerals with white luminescent material (Super- LumiNova)
• Translucent black sapphire seconds track
• Power- reserve indication engraved on the main plate: “0 _ 1 / 4 _ 1 / 2 _ 3 / 4 _ 1”
• Autonomy indicated by an arrow pointing to the words “HAU T” (high) and “BAS” (low)
• “Chronomètre Val – de -Travers Suisse” inscription

• 18 – carat white gold dagger- shaped facetted cut – out hours and minutes hands with white luminescent material (Super- LumiNova)
• 18 – carat white gold arrow – shaped power- reserve hand
• Rhodium – plated bronze central seconds hands

Strap and Clasp
• Hand – stitched rolled – edge alligator leather made from a single piece of leather (115 x 7 5 mm, with a 20 mm buckle) – Various sizes available on request
• Double – blade length – adjustable ceramised titanium folding clasp – Pin buckle available on request

Hours, Minutes, Seconds and Power reserve


Mechanical manual winding Calibre FB -T. FC – 2
Diameter: 35. 50 mm
Thickness: 7.96 mm
Lignes: 15 ¾
Jewels: 45
Frequency: 21, 600 v p h ( 3 H z )
Power reserve: 53 hours

• Tourbillon with fusee – and – chain (constant – force) transmission
– Suspended fusée – differential winding system (PATENT)
– Suspended barrel – Maltese cross stop work system (PATENT)
– Suspended power reserve – mobile cone system (PATENT)
– Tourbillon with direct – drive seconds (PATENT)
• Variable – inertia balance wheel featuring four rhodium plated nickel silver inertia blocks
• Balance spring with hand – crafted steel Phillips outer terminal curve (overcoil)
• Swiss lever escapement
• Three chamfered and engraved transparent sapphire half – bridges, fitted on stylised titanium pillars
• Hand finishing in keeping with the highest watch making standards

Total: 1,119 (including the chain)
Chain: 790 components
Length of the chain: 285 mm
Half – bridges: 18 including 3 in sapphire
Pillars: 6

Rotation: 1/minute
Components: 67
Tourbillon carriage: Ø 16. 55 mm (titanium)
Tourbillon carriage fixed to: 3 polished titanium pillars
Tourbillon carriage poised by: 2 inertia blocks made of 18 – carat gold
Balance wheel: Ø 12 mm in copper – beryllium

Officially chronometer-certified by the COSC

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