In a reinterpretation of their famous diving line, we see the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in gray plasma ceramic for Baselworld 2016. Blancpain has created various iterations of this iconic watch in the past, and this vintage-inspired piece is another hit you’ll likely admire.
The ceramic dial is a gorgeous, deep blue that references the very depths of the ocean. The hour markers are LiquidmetalÂ, and the thick, illuminated hands ensure legibility in the deepest of dives, especially with the lume on the unidirectional rotating bezel. You will find a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock and the sapphire crystal case back allows a view of the movement. Blancpain first used a grey plasma ceramic case with the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback Ocean Commitment in 2014, and here it is again in stunning form. The production of this case adds a metallic sheen to the color palette and produces an elegant yet utilitarian experience.
As any dive watch worth its salt should be, this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is meant to be taken underwater and is rated for 300m of water resistance. Behind the dial, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is powered by Blancpain’s powerful in-house 1315 movement. The 1315 contains a three-series mainspring that offers a remarkable five-day power reserve (roughly 120 hours). This 35-jeweled automatic movement is renowned for its robustness and durability, and it is incredibly convenient to have an automatic that you can forget about and pick up a few days later without having to always use a winder. The silicon balance-spring allows a decrease in density and enhanced shock-absorption while affording increased magnetic resistance. For additional precision, the movement is also outfitted with a glucydur balance wheel with gold micrometric screws ensuring a smooth operation.
However back into the moisture index for a minute — a sign one would beg you never sees change colour, particularly on a watch in this budget. On the first, the thought was that in the event of a moisture ingress, the contrasting white region of the half-circle in the dial would transform to a dark pink color. Along with the less contrast you see between the two, the greater your service bill is going to be. Blancpain watch case Replica wasn’t completely clear about what substances actually include the indicator, but it’s raised and subtly textured like the surrounding luminous plots. Functionality-wise, it’s not unlike a water contact indicating tape you might find from manufacturers like 3M. Since the moisture index doesn’t have any relation to the inner workings of the opinion (unlike Sinn’s Ar-capsule technologies that functions as an active dehumidifier for the motion), Blancpain’s Caliber 1150 has been allowed to perform as-is. Considering that the more compact profile of this case, Blancpain was wise to pick a thinner movement, instead of utilize the 1315 found on other Fifty Fathoms variants such as the Bathyscaphe. Thus, the power book drops from 120 hours to 96 — that is still a generous number, thanks to its twin-barrel layout. The watch is completed with a display caseback, granting an opinion of this platinum alloy-coated gold rotor — an extravagant detail for a wristwatch with this kind of modest beginnings, but a pleasant one to have a look at, yet.
This Blancpain watches aqualung Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is a welcome addition to the Fifty Fathoms collection. Blancpain has managed to create a real beauty here, that is topped off with the exquisite grey plasma ceramic case. The dial is lovely on its own, but the metallic complexion of the case really pairs wonderfully with the blue accents. Price on the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is $12,800. blancpain.com