Blancpain has just unveiled a new take on its legendary Fifty Fathoms watch .
The new desert-coloured Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s is for adventurers. This model inspired by a Blancpain diver’s watch from the 1970s is characterised by a gradient-coloured sandy beige dial featuring a sunburst pattern.
The originally Bathyscaphe can be seen in Blancpain’s new Desert version, including a gradient sandy beige dial and wide rectangular hands. The extra-long seconds hand helps legibility , while the chapter ring (with five-minute intervals) is meant to be readable many hundreds of meters under the sea.
Unlike its usual 38mm Bathyscaphe collection, the current iteration’s satin-brushed stainless steel case comes in a much larger 43mm measurement. The sandy beige sunbrushed dial, which appears to have an element of smokiness thrown in, causing it to look darker around its periphery.no doubt a nod to the retro design sensibilities of the ’60s and ’70s. Its shades and sunburst finish endow it with remarkable clarity, while its boldlysized 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.
Although this new model has a vintage look, its mechanism is resolutely modern.It is powered by an automatic calibre 1315 DD movement, which gives you a five day power reserve. You can see the movement ticking along via the sapphire crystal case back.Another major asset is its balance fitted with a silicon balance-spring, a guarantee of accuracy and resistance to magnetic fields.
The new timepiece is limited to 500 pieces and is finished with a matching desert-inspired beige strap. Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Day-Date Desert Edition will retail for $12,700.