Ferdinand Berthoud was a prominent 18th-century French watchmaker, designated as the "Clockmaker to the French King and the Navy." Abraham Louis Breguet, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, was his fellow countryman and senior.
During Breguet's debut period, the field of marine chronometers boasted illustrious figures such as Thomas Earnshaw, John Arnold, and Pierre Le Roy. Ferdinand Berthoud not only reached their level but significantly contributed to the advancement of modern chronometers. Throughout most of his life, he functioned as a horological pioneer and experimenter.
This particular timepiece is a precious pocket watch created during Ferdinand Berthoud's lifetime:
Features a chain-driven fusee and a 1/4-repeating mechanism.
The pendant, when pressed, activates a hammer within the movement, striking a bell securely fastened to the case back, producing a charming sound.
Other notable details include:
Hand-painted enamel miniature portraits.
Bordeaux-colored bas-relief with guilloché engraving as a base.
Diamonds meticulously placed from various points on the case to the dial.
Exceptionally intricate craftsmanship in the case, movement, dial, and hands, with the overall condition being exceptionally well-maintained.
This timepiece can be confidently described as a historical masterpiece worthy of a museum.
Practical performance is guaranteed with an accuracy of within 3 minutes.
|Quarter repeater French pocket watch
|Case approx. 40mm, Movement approx. 32mm
|Solid gold enamel case
We guarantee our watches for 2 years.(Excluding man-made failures)