Correctly uncommon and weird instrument watches are, effectively, uncommon, however the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe makes the grade. The important thing level about this dive watch is that it’s supplied in full grade 23 titanium for the primary time, with an identical titanium bracelet. Sure, grade 23, which made us do a double-take as a result of that may be a actually uncommon materials in watchmaking. Materials properties apart, being that the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is a dive watch, what you’ll want to concern your self with is availability. So far as we are able to inform, this mannequin is operating underneath the radar however that may certainly change.
Earlier than that although, there are some necessary factors to notice concerning the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, and the way it differs from the usual Fifty Fathoms. Astute collectors will in fact know that the Fifty Fathoms Automatique and Grande Date are each supplied in titanium, in any case. Probably the most salient level is the dimensions of the appear and feel of the Bathyscaphe fashions, which differ strongly from the usual Fifty Fathoms.
Whereas the Fifty Fathoms retains a powerful hyperlink to the unique 1953 dive watch — some say the primary of its sort, and definitely the primary with the unidirectional bezel that defines such watches — the Bathyscaphe was launched in 2013. Apparently, this model of the Fifty Fathoms watch stays waterproof to 300 metres regardless of being extra modestly proportioned at 43mm and 13.45mm thick. That is the place that class is available in, with the usual Fifty Fathoms remaining fairly massive at 45mm and greater than 16mm thick.
As a result of it is a Blancpain, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe doesn’t sacrifice its exhibition caseback in favour of rigour and toughness; as famous, the water-resistance of the watch just isn’t compromised. The calibre taking centre stage right here is the automated in-house motion 1315, as traditional. The ability reserve stays a powerful 5 days, from three barrels whereas the steadiness spring is in silicon, rendering it impervious to magnetic interference. The ending is utilitarian, however a step up from what you’ll usually discover in a real dive watch.
This brings us neatly again to the case of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe and the bracelet. The whole lot is satin-finished, from the case to the bezel and the bracelet hyperlinks. Whereas this Bathyscaphe is obtainable with Nato or anthracite sailcloth straps, the bracelet model is what you need. This bracelet is of the identical type that graces the common Fifty Fathoms; Bathyscaphe fashions use spring bars not the screw system.
Grade 23 titanium is an alloy that features aluminium and vanadium, and it has all some great benefits of different titanium grades, whereas additionally having the ability to take quite a lot of finishings. This tells us that there’ll doubtless be extra evolution right here; we’re genuinely excited on the potentialities.
To shut, there are in fact the same old parts you solely anticipate from modern Blancpain sports activities fashions, together with the usage of a ceramic bezel insert (additionally satin-finished) and Liquid Metallic on the identical. The impact must be fairly nice in particular person (now we have not scheduled our appointment but), and kinds a distinction with the excessive polish of the usual Fifty Fathoms fashions. The baton palms and geometric (as described by Blancpain) hour markers are loaded with luminescent materials for good legibility in low-light settings.
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