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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date is inspired by the Devils Hole, a geologic formation in Nevada. This underwater chasm, over 120 metres deep, is home to the Devils Hole pupfish. This new watch features a sandy beige dial with a matching sail canvas strap, referencing the hues of this desert region. Housed within the case is the self-winding Calibre 1315DD which upholds the Maison’s reputation for high-end finishing.
Within the world of diving, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the stuff of legends. It was the ‘first modern diving watch’ created in 1953. Its rugged construction and reliability are now well known.
The Bathyscaphe dates back to the 1950s and was once a model in its own right. In 2013, Blancpain, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms, unveiled the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. Originally housed in a 43mm case, the Swiss firm has since released smaller case sizes and ladies’ models.
Last week, Blancpain unveiled a new version of its legendary diver’s watch, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date. As its name suggests, the model has a day and date indication and is housed in a 43mm satin-brushed steel case. Unusually, the watch features a sandy beige dial with matching sail canvas strap. This particular colourway is inspired by Devils Hole, a geologic formation in Nevada. This underwater chasm, over 120 metres deep, contains water with a constant temperature of 33°C and is home to the Devils Hole pupfish, a rare species exclusive to this water.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date features an exhibition caseback, revealing the self-winding Calibre 1315DD, incorporating the brand’s peerless finishing.
The brand’s press release
“It is unbelievable how hot the sun blazes at seven o’clock in the morning in infamous Death Valley. We could already feel the hot sand under our feet as we set off [to dive]”, says Ernest H. Brooks II. The dive he is referring to is Devils Hole, an underwater chasm that plunges into the bowels of the earth at a depth of more than 120 metres before opening out into a gigantic underwater river. Devils Hole is also unique in that it is the exclusive home of a seriously endangered species of fish, Cyprinodon diabolis, of which Brooks took the first pictures.
The new desert-coloured Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date is for adventurers, enthusiasts and creative minds. In the 1970s, Blancpain’s own innovative mindset led the Brand to break with the traditional aesthetic codes of the Bathyscaphe models by producing a series of pieces featuring a cushion-shaped case, an inner rotating ring – replacing the conventional outer rotating bezel –, a gradient-coloured grey dial as well as the day of the week and date indication. The dial of the Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition adopts this style, which it combines for the first time with a subtle gradation of sandy beige, a hue that is new to the collection. Its shades and sunburst finish endow it with remarkable clarity, while its boldly- sized rectangular hour-markers guarantee instant readability of the information displayed. A chapter ring punctuated with Arabic numerals marks the five-minute intervals while evoking the inner rotating ring of the 1970s watch. Just as on the period timepiece, the date and day of the week windows are located at 3 o’clock. The hands are coated with Super-LumiNova® and feature the same baton-shaped design as earlier Bathyscaphe models. The dial of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition is enhanced by a unidirectional rotating bezel with a brown ceramic insert and Liquidmetal® hour-markers.
Although this new model has a vintage look, its mechanism is resolutely modern. Housed in a 43 mm satin-brushed steel case and water-resistant to 30 bar (approximately 300 m), the Manufacture-made 1315DD movement offers all the performance attributes essential to a diver’s watch. It also features a five-day power reserve, which is particularly useful in daily life. Another major asset is its balance fitted with a silicon balance-spring, a guarantee of accuracy and resistance to magnetic fields. The sapphire crystal caseback of the watch allows one to admire the finishes of this top-of-the-range movement, including its gold oscillating weight coated with a NAC treatment, thereby endowing it with added character.
Issued in a 500-piece limited series, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition model comes with a sandy-coloured sail canvas strap matching the warm tones of the dial.