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The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Off The Cuff -

Fer­di­nand Berthoud was one of the great­est Swiss watch­mak­ers of the 18th cen­tury, dec­o­rated with ti­tles like Horol­o­gist­Me­chanic to the King and Navy. Berthoud re­ceived those ti­tles for his pioneer­ing work in marine chronom­e­try. His nephew Louis Berthoud in­her­ited his work­shop af­ter his death, but he too passed away soon af­ter, and the fam­ily name re­mained shrouded in ob­scu­rity for the next two cen­turies.

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