Presently the world of horology is a very tough environment to work in. Over the last couple of years, I have noticed that many senior players have either defected to other brands or left the industry completely. Even well known established companies are looking for buyers. Ultimately this is because a timepiece isn’t really a necessity and more of a luxury. However, for me I will always been passionate about fine mechanical watchmaking.

Although there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of some watch brands there is still a lot to celebrate. This is why key events like the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève awards still are relevant. Since 2001 this foundation has rewarded excellence within the watch industry and this year was no different. Obviously like any competition the final selection is totally subjective. However, I feel not many people can dispute that the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 was a worthy recipient of the Aiguille d’Or (Grand Prix).

Like most people I have my own ideas of what defines the perfect watch. I absolutely love oversize timepieces so the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 wouldn’t massively appeal to me because of its 44mm case. Nevertheless, I feel I am in the minority and this striking timepiece will appeal to connoisseurs. Not only because it is could be worn easily for formal occasions but also because it is meticulously crafted. There is a lot of contention of the origin of a lot of so called Swiss made watches but this is the real deal.

To win the Aiguille d’Or at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève awards you have to create something truly special. Certainly the competition was very tough and there were many well known brands vying for this prize. However, the overall the aesthetic of the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 delivers on all fronts. By that I mean the contemporary design has many visually pleasing modern elements that aren’t too radical for traditionalists.

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