Blancpain’s divers’ watch of 1953 was designed by the model’s CEO Jean-Jacques Fiecheter (an avid scuba diver) and fine-tuned by Captain Bob Maloubier for a unit of French Navy commando frogmen. Named after its depth score of fifty fathoms, the unidirectional rotating bezel with its 60-minute scale, the legible and luminous markings and numerals, and excessive water-resistance had been the hallmark traits of the Fifty Fathoms of 1953, options that endure to this present day in virtually all its manifestations. The newest Fifty Fathoms, which is supplied with a tourbillon, is an up to date model of the 2007 Tourbillon 8 Jours. Not essentially the most common complication to affix a diving vessel, the incorporation of a tourbillon on a dive watch is for individuals who need the enduring appears and resilience of a Fifty Fathoms with the spectacle of a flying tourbillon.
Fifty Fathoms repertoire
With out retelling the fascinating historical past of the Fifty Fathoms, suffice it to say the gathering sunk for a few many years in the course of the quartz disaster and was revived in 2003 by Marc A. Hayek with a restricted sequence of Fifty Fathoms to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Decided to showcase the model’s dominion of issues and revive the enduring appears of the Fifty Fathoms, in 2007, Blancpain launched the Tourbillon 8 Jours, the Automatique 5015 and a Flyback Chronograph. Since then, the Fifty Fathoms assortment has swelled to incorporate retro-inspired fashions just like the Barakuda and the No Rad in addition to hyper-divers just like the X Fathoms and extra basic fare like a Grande Date and even double issues just like the Flyback Chronograph with Full Calendar.
The Newest Flying Tourbillon
Though the case shares the identical 45mm diameter, 14.80mm thickness and 300m water-resistance as the sooner flying tourbillons, the case is now obtainable in grade 23 titanium. The second possibility in 18k crimson gold already existed prior to now, however not like the sooner fashions, each the titanium and crimson gold instances are satin-brushed all through for a sportier look.
Nonetheless, the principle design tweaks may be clearly appreciated on the dial and bezel that at the moment are blue. The 60-minute unidirectional domed sapphire bezel is hallmark Fifty Fathoms and shows the basic diamond at midday, the all-important 15-minute scale and huge Arabic numerals at 15, 30 and 45. The dial can also be blue with a beautiful sunburst impact that draws the sunshine. Evaluating the sooner version (nonetheless in catalogue) and the brand new fashions, one other massive change is the elimination of the facility reserve indicator and the rearrangement of the inscriptions that at the moment are neatly positioned within the space initially devoted to the indicator, simply above 6 o’clock. By eradicating the facility reserve indicator, the dial appears cleaner and fewer cluttered, permitting the attention to focus on the spectacle of the flying tourbillon at midday.
Composed of 60 components and weighing simply 0.2 grams, a tourbillon cage is a fragile contraption to incorporate on a diver’s watch. Moreover, it’s a flying tourbillon, which means there aren’t any supporting bridges to impede the view of its gyrations. The utilized numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and the indices are all crammed with lume, as are the hour and minute palms with their sharp suggestions. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial.
A sapphire crystal caseback reveals the automated calibre 25C with its satin-brushed openworked rotor, round graining and Côtes de Genève ornament on the bridges. In contrast to the calibre 25A powering the sooner editions of the tourbillon, the 25C dispenses with the facility reserve indicator. The motion measures 26.20mm x 4.86mm, beats at 3Hz and delivers a powerful 192-hour / 8-day energy reserve.
Choices and Value
The Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Days in titanium comes with three 23mm strap choices: a brushed titanium bracelet with a folding clasp for EUR 112,100, a navy blue NATO strap for EUR 110,100, and a blue sailcloth strap for EUR 110,700, each with a alternative of folding clasp or pin buckle. The crimson gold mannequin is offered with a blue NATO strap for EUR 125,100 and a sailcloth strap for EUR 128,100. For extra data, please go to Blancpain.com.