An exceptional horologist, Ferdinand Berthoud left behind a work of immense scope in the fields of marine chronometers, decorative watches and clocks, specialist tools, and scientific measuring instruments. In addition, Berthoud authored many books on horology, comprising over 4,000 pages with engraved plates.
Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud draws inspiration from the remarkable heritage of the Swiss master watchmaker while giving his work a contemporary twist. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the accession in 1770 of Ferdinand Berthoud to the title of “Clockmaker and Mechanic by appointment to the French King and Navy,” Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud recently unveiled a new collection of watches – the Chronomètre FB 2RE. At the October 2020 lecture of the Horological Society of New York, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Vincent Lapaire will discuss the history of this pioneer of marine chronometry, and explain in detail the innovation seen in the new Chronomètre FB 2RE.
About Karl-Friedrich Scheufele
Profoundly fascinated by the history of art and watchmaking, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele is the driving force behind the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, of which he is President.
Born in Germany in 1958, he was raised in Pforzheim until the age of 15. In 1963, when his family took over the Chopard watch Manufacture in Geneva, he enrolled at Geneva International School. He later served an apprenticeship with a Geneva jeweler before continuing his studies at the University of Lausanne Business and Economics Faculty and preparing to join the family firm.
In 1996, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele founded Chopard Manufacture and opted to focus on the production of finely crafted mechanical movements. The company is based in Fleurier, in the Val-de-Travers.
In 2006, when inaugurating a watchmaking museum in Fleurier named “L.U.CEUM – Trace of Time,” he also acquired the rights to the name Ferdinand Berthoud, which he subsequently registered in 2013 as the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud. His goal is to offer incomparable and resolutely contemporary watches reflecting the spirit of excellence cultivated by Ferdinand Berthoud.
About Vincent Lapaire
Vincent Lapaire was born in 1964 in Zurich, Switzerland. He started his career in the Swiss watch industry in 1990 in the field of supply chain and project management. Passionate with arts and history and benefitting from proven experience in the watch development field, he joined the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud in Fleurier (Switzerland) in 2011 as General Manager. He is currently in charge of the development of the brand under the leadership of Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, President and Co-President of the Chopard group, that is at the origin of the rebirth of the illustrious name of Ferdinand Berthoud, watchmaker-mechanic to the French King Louis XV and under the Empire.
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