Blancpain’s three-hand version of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in a plasma grey ceramic case is now available for the first time in London.
The brand has re-interpreted one of its core timepieces, the three-hand model of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, outfitting it with a deep blue dial evoking the depths of the sea.
Adding to its allure, the plasma grey ceramic bezel has been equipped with a blue ceramic insert featuring Liquidmetal hourmarkers, an alloy serving to avoid distortions. The case highlights the technology involved in creating grey plasma ceramic, a production method that gives the colour a subtle metallic shade.
Plasma grey ceramic was used for the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback Ocean Commitment that was launched in 2014.
The Blancpain Bathyscaphe diving models first appeared in the late 1950s in both men’s and women’s versions. To mark the anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms in 2013, the Bathyscaphe reappeared with a new aesthetic recalling the first versions. The crisp outlines are reminiscent of their predecessors, the hands feature the traditional look of vintage watches and the date appears through a small window.
The presence of a luminous index located on the bezel, serving to enhance readability during dives, is faithful to the original version of the Bathyscaphe.
As with all diving watches worthy of the title, each model has been fitted with a unidirectional bezel which can be rotated with defined clicks in a counter-clockwise direction. During dives, the large seconds hand serves as an indicator that the watch is running.
The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is water-resistant to 30 bar, equivalent to 300 meters. The self-winding caliber powering the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is the famous 1315, distinguished by its sturdiness and its exceptional chronometric performance.
Representing an authentic technological feat, its three series-coupled mainspring barrels ensure a generous five-day power reserve while guaranteeing a constant supply of energy. This movement is visible through the clear sapphire caseback which allows the owner to admire its modern and technical aspects. It is fitted with a balance-spring in silicon.