Ferdinand Berthoud drops its first round case with the new Chronometre FB 2RE
Plus, other watch news for this month.
The new Chronometre FB 2RE watch by Ferdinand Berthoud is unusual because it’s the first time the brand is using a round case instead of an octagonal one. It’s also the first without the regulator-style dial. Of course, fans of this Chopard Group brand know that the most exciting thing about Ferdinand Berthoud watches lies beneath the surface and the Calibre FB-RE.FC is an absolute stunner, showing off a fusee and chain, and a remontoire d’egalite, both traditional mechanisms that regulate the constant driving force delivered to the oscillator. The movement’s architecture
was inspired by the brand’s Marine Clock No. 6, and is further enhanced by impeccable finishing. There are 10 pieces each in white gold with a white enamel dial, and rose gold with a black enamel dial.
Franck Muller’s watches are often creatively zany just for the sake of being so, but the Master Banker from 1996 was fuelled by pragmatism. The triple time zone movement was created to make it easier for bankers to keep track of the different markets around the globe. Such a watch is even more useful now in this period of increased remote working, so the brand has brought attention back to the Master Banker with an array of new colours exclusive to the Asian market. The 700-piece collection is offered in rose gold, stainless steel or hand-polished blackened steel in seven colour combinations, and is available at Franck Muller boutiques and selected retailers across Asia.
Going for bronze
At a glance, there are many similarities between Rado’s Captain Cook and Tudor’s Black Bay. Both have modern editions in bronze and are rooted in vintage diving watches. But what distinguishes the Captain Cook Bronze Automatic from its pricier competitor is the use of high-tech ceramic – a Rado signature – on the bezel that’s coloured blue, grey or green (pictured) to match the dial and strap. This isn’t Rado’s first bronze rodeo, but the alloy used in the Captain Cook contains aluminium, giving the bronze a lighter, champagne colour compared to the darker, more traditionally hued Rado HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph Bronze Limited Edition. The Captain Cook Bronze Automatic is powered by a reliable ETA C07 movement with an 80-hour power reserve, protected by a titanium caseback.