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It’s bling but not quite as you know it! Blancpain is offering all the luster of gold but with all durability that one would expect to find on a high-quality Swiss diver.
This is the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Sedna® Gold, a watch crafted from Sedna® gold – a gold, copper and palladium alloy with all the looks of red gold but with added durability.
The Bathyscaphe is one of Blancpain’s old school diver’s watches, it was reissued in 2013 as modern interpretation as a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms.
Since then, the Bathyscaphe collection has grown to include a wide choice of models, both in terms of complications and materials such as ceramic.
Today (for the first time) the Bathyscaphe combines a blue dial and bezel with a Sedna® gold case to create a truly enticing aesthetic.
Blue, says Blancpain symbolizes their passion and commitment to the underwater world. This deep color owes its shimmering oceanic reflection thanks to the sunburst finish of the dial.
Meanwhile rectangular hour-markers and the chapter ring composed of gold and SuperLumiNova dots echo the watch’s high-tech golden-red case.
Recalling the OG Bathyscaphe watches of the 50s, the hour and minute hands are also rectangular, are coated with SuperLumiNova®, and as the main case, are crafted from Sedna® gold.
These are complemented by a slim seconds hand and a date window offset at an angle between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The unique (to the SWATCH Group) Sedna gold case measures 43mm in diameter. It has a satin finish that helps to give it more of sporty look, plus a Sedna® gold unidirectional rotating bezel with a ceramic insert and a Ceragold dive-time scale and hour-markers. Water-resistance is 300 meters.
Powering this luxurious new diver is the 1315 caliber, self-winding movement which specially developed and produced by Blancpain to equip its diver’s watches.
Its boasts three series-coupled barrels which allow for a whopping power-reserve of five-days! Its balance features an Si (silicon) balance-spring that not ensures remarkable regularity of the oscillation frequency but also impermeability to magnetic fields.
Finally the Cal. 1315 is both protected and show-cased via a Sapphire case-back affording views of the movement with its sandblasted, satin-finished and snailed Sedna® gold oscillating weight engraved with the Blancpain logo, along with snailed and beveled bridges.
Thoughts? Wow, this is damn nice! Anyone who says that gold watches are only for old codgers and ballers, is wrong. This is a utilitarian looking diver that offers a luxurious yet subtle style.
Does it compare to the new MOKARRAN Bathyscaphe? No way but it is perhaps the gold dive watch that you never knew you wanted. What do you think?