As near perfection as one can get

May 16, 2024,00:31 AM

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Thanks to a dear friend I was given the opportunity to see a number of Ferdinand Berthoud models. I ostensibly went to see the newly released FB 3.
When I met with Ken from Chopard we went over all the models and while he spoke glowingly of the FB3 I was entranced by this one, the FB2RE. As we sat in our meeting scheduled for an hour that turned into 2 hours I listened to the comprehensive description of each watch, particularly the FB3 but I kept putting it down and picking up the FB2, trying it on and louping it.
Finally my wife told me to face the fact that I was overwhelmed by the FB2RE and if I was going to get a Ferdinand Berthoud it had to the FB2.
What could I say but surrender to her advice.

Everything about this watch is amazing.
The enamel dial with multiple components, curving into the bezel is a work of art and certainly very hard to accomplish.
The movement is beautiful with a fusee chain and remontoire is totally outstanding. Watching the escapement do its thing is a joy.

My wife was right.
This message has been edited by India Whiskey Charlie on 2024-06-07 02:36:32

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An absolute triumph

 By: TeutonicCarFan : May 16th, 2024-00:48
I love how this brand has been cultivated to top chronometry and finishing. KFS has done a good job here. I have never seen one but definitely think I would like if the size was agreeable. Thanks for sharing.

KFS has a definite vision for this brand.

 By: Mitch K : May 16th, 2024-00:55
He inspects and has to approve of every FB before it can be delivered. Lot of respect for this brand.

Have loved FB the first time I saw one...

 By: mdg : May 16th, 2024-01:02 for your wife, she's always right. Never forget that...

Epochal =))

 By: InHavenPro : May 16th, 2024-01:19
Truly outstanding in every conceivable way. Tremendous enjoyment with it!! Cheers, Filip

Congratulations on this magnificent watch. I had the pleasure

 By: hora12reborn : May 16th, 2024-01:28
to handle one. It was very convincing if there wasn’t the huge price tag. It might sound strange but it seemed to be the best possible crossbreeding of a Panerai Luminor Marina there could be.😄

Ha. My thought it is a piece unto itself. Though

 By: Mitch K : May 16th, 2024-05:03
I expect that there is a story behind the development of this movement.

I can only fully agree, Mitch!!

 By: MichaelC : May 16th, 2024-02:29
Congratulations to you. That is a top level timepiece. Nothing better. Maybe some different, or some as good, but none better. Did I say Congratulations? Very happy for you!!


 By: gary_g : May 16th, 2024-03:52
I have never seen this watch. What a marvel. Absolutely stunning. Thanks you for sharing.

Thanks Gary. Again there is a history behind the movement I believe. KFS has been

 By: Mitch K : May 16th, 2024-05:12
Instrumental in honoring the work of Berthoud and his family. It truly is the magic of the Berthoud team and all congratulations go to them.

+++1 mon bon ami.

 By: amanico : May 16th, 2024-23:03

Wow congrats Mitch you finally pulled the trigger

 By: Mohannad (aka Riddler) : May 16th, 2024-08:48
I remember when you told me about this situation back in Nov when we discussed the FB3 and indeed you said the same thing I’m so happy for you and hope that I could see it in the flesh this coming July

The wife is always right!

 By: ant : May 16th, 2024-08:48
I am delighted for you Mitch. It must be about the most interesting, properly engineered and developed watch out there. And it's yours! As far as I can tell it is the real deal. So, unfortunately for your general watch lust, a defining moment, a genuine e... 

Ha. First of all my dear friend, it is thanks to you that this marvel has come to me, so thank you once again. Second, is it the end of? Not likely.

 By: Mitch K : May 16th, 2024-20:42
If one climbs Mount Everest does one not climb any other mountains? I think they do. The passion is deeply seated in us both.

She was right indeed! Ken is an amazing fella.

 By: patrick_y : May 16th, 2024-10:45
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ken in Dubai and he is one knowledgeable fella. Big congrats to you and your spouse! And what a watch! I find the dual pallet forks to be especially interesting to me. Mesmerizing.

Of COURSE the wife is right. You married Mrs. Right :)

 By: enjoythemusic : May 16th, 2024-12:37
If she says you should get the timepiece... get the timepiece.

Pure art indeed

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : June 7th, 2024-02:38
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to see it in the metal Mitch...👍