Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe gets a modernist grey ceramic case

Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain has launched a new interpretation of their classic diving watch the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. The new variant comes with a plasma grey ceramic case that looks almost like gunmetal. The material is light, hard and strong, even resistant to corrosion which is a common problem with stainless steel watches used underwater. The grey ceramic was first debuted in 2014 in the Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Ocean Commitment, a limited edition model which sold out very quickly. Fortunately, the grey ceramic Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is an unlimited release, so you can buy as many as you like.

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The 43-mm-diameter case is water resistant to 300 metres and conceals Blancpain’s self-winding caliber 1315 movement which according to the brand is “distinguished by its sturdiness and its exceptional chronometric performance”. Its three series-coupled mainspring barrels ensure a five-day power reserve and ensure a constant supply of energy. The movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback.
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The watch’s deep blue dial is reminiscent of the deep ocean and features phosphorescent indices. The ceramic bezel has been equipped with a blue ceramic insert featuring Liquidmetal hourmarkers, an alloy serving to avoid distortions. You can choose from either a three-ring NATO strap or a sail canvas strap. The watch will be priced at $12,800.

[ Blancpain ]

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