After eight years, the inaugural Ferdinand Berthoud calibre FB-T.FC that debuted in the FB1 has reached the end of the road. When the FB1 was launched in 2015, it represented one of the most earnest exercises in recreating a marine chronometer for the wrist. The calibre FB-T.FC is an appealingly anachronistic, tourbillon movement with a pillar construction, Maltese cross stopwork and a chain-and-fusée mechanism. But more than a portable museum of 18th century technical solutions, it was also finished to a remarkable degree. Today, the brand is giving a curtain call to the calibre FB-T.FC with the Chronomètre FB 2T.
The watch will be produced in a limited edition of 38 pieces, as a tribute to the namesake 18th century Swiss chronometer maker who played an instrumental role in the development of marine chronometers and published the Traité des montres à Longitudes in 1792, 38 years after he was appointed master horologist to the king of France. The brand is offering a unique opportunity to fully customize the 38 watches, including the choice of case material, colour and finishing of the dial, and leather strap. While there are three base models available, each with its own distinct features, these can be further tailored to the owner’s preferences. The FB 2T.2 features a rose gold case and a black satin-brushed dial; the FB 2T.2-1, a rose gold case and a ruthenium satin-brushed dial; and finally, the FB 2T.1 is in white gold with a blue satin-brushed dial.