With a historical past that goes again to 1953 and being one of many very first true dive watches, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is amongst essentially the most emblematic watches of the Swiss business. For a very long time already, there’s extra to the Fifty Fathoms than only one watch, as the gathering additionally contains the Bathyscaphe, a barely less complicated, extra instrumental-looking piece. Right this moment, Blancpain attire up this watch is a brand new materials, including an excellent sportier contact to this sporty-chic mannequin. Right here’s the brand new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium.
We received’t go too far into the main points concerning this watch as we speak as we’ll be coming again quickly on this subject with our personal pictures and hands-on impressions. However right here’s what you might want to know already. The Bathyscaphe, a watch a part of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms assortment, was born in 1956 as a barely extra compact and fewer professional-oriented piece within the assortment. Nonetheless, it remained a reasonably succesful dive watch. And in its fashionable model, it retains a sleeker and barely extra classic look than the traditional Fifty Fathoms. Already obtainable in stainless-steel and ceramic editions, it is going to quickly be obtainable in titanium, a fabric that was first integrated by the model in the course of the early Nineteen Sixties right into a particular sequence of MIL-SPEC II fashions made for US Navy bomb disposal groups.
Primarily based on the bigger case diameter, which means 43mm, this new version of the Bathyscaphe is crafted in an uncommon alloy, titanium grade 23 to be exact – we’ll ask for extra particulars about this uncommon grade. The case retains the identical angular design and its completely brushed ending. Titanium gives quite a few benefits for a dive watch, together with excessive resistance to shock, stress and corrosion, and naturally lightness. The watch is 13.45mm in top, options sapphire crystals entrance and caseback, and is waterproof to 300m. It comes with a unidirectional satin-brushed titanium bezel with brushed gray ceramic insert and Liquidmetal 60-minute scale.
The dial of this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium can be new for the gathering, with an anthracite color and an unprecedented vertically brushed end. It retains the identical baton-type arms and geometric hour-markers, stuffed with cream-coloured Tremendous-LumiNova. This new titanium model will be ordered with a textile NATO strap, a sailcloth strap or, new for this assortment, a grade 23 titanium 3-link bracelet that was first launched on the traditional Fifty Fathoms.
Contained in the case of the Bathyscaphe Titanium is the traditional but highly effective in-house calibre 1315. This automated motion, with no fewer than 3 barrels, can retailer as much as 120 hours of energy reserve. It’s geared up with an antimagnetic silicon balance-spring and finely adorned with snailed and chamfered bridges, and a sandblasted, satin-finished and snailed gold oscillating weight.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium 43mm will quickly be obtainable from retailers. Costs begin at CHF 10,800 for the editions on straps and CHF 13,200 for the model on titanium bracelet. Extra particulars at blancpain.com.