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Baselworld: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

May 10, 2013 | Baselworld, Blancpain, Hands-On

Baselworld: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Blancpain’s big introduction at Baselworld this year was the new vintage inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. It is presented in a 43 mm x 13.4 mm case and comes in your choice of brushed satin steel for $10,500 or ceramized titanium for $12,000. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds and date. The dial comes in meteor grey or black. The unidirectional ceramic dive bezel is marked from 0-60, with a luminous dot at 60. Round hour markers are applied and feature luminescent paint. The hour, minute and second hands are treated with lume as well. The Bathyscaphe comes on either a specially develop Nato strap with matching hardware or a textile strap and buckle. Inside is an in-house caliber 1315 automatic movement with 227 components, 35 of which are jewels and a 120-hour power reserve.


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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms - Unsigned

May 7, 2012 | Blancpain, Dive Time

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms - Unsigned

LIP Blancpain watches were not the first dive watches on the market when they were introduced in 1953. They were, however, the most modern dive wristwatches at that time. The reliability and compactness of Fifty Fathoms models, which were originally designed for military use, became legendary. The reputation earned them the right to be used by armies such as French Navy, Czech, Polish, German federal, some Nordic countries, and also by the US Navy (SEAL, under water demolition team, Frogman).


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Blancpain Traditional Chinese Calendar

April 1, 2012 | Baselworld, Blancpain

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At Baselworld last month, Blancpain presented the first wristwatch equipped with a traditional Chinese calendar. The Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar is a perpetual calendar, but instead of displaying the typical Gregorian calendar, it displays the Chinese calendar.

The Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar timepiece comes in a 45 mm diameter platinum case, with a cabochon-cut ruby fitted into the crown. Five integrated under-lug correctors allow the wearer to adjust the indications. The Villeret collection's signature features are incorporated into the design: its double-stepped shape, a grand feu enamel dial with a chapter ring composed of gold appliques ,and indications transferred before the firing process, the main hands shaped like slightly hollowed leaves and the blued steel Gregorian date pointer appearing in the traditional serpentine form.


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Blancpain X Fathoms

October 25, 2011 | Blancpain, Dive Time

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Blancpain has just introduced what they claim to be the most high performance mechanical dive watch in the world.


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Blancpain Vintage Dive Watch Exhibit

May 2, 2011 | Baselworld, Blancpain

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Earlier this year, Blancpain held a traveling vintage exhibition that consisted of more than 50 historic Blancpain dive watches, as a Tribute to Fifty Fathoms. The exhibit was displayed during Baselworld 2011, which is where I was able to take photos of some of the most important and collectible timepieces.


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Blancpain Carrousel Sapphire

May 27, 2010 | Blancpain

Blancpain Carrousel Sapphire

Introduced at Baselworld 2010, the Blancpain Carrousel Sapphire is quite an impressive timepiece. It features a rose gold case with a sapphire crystal on the front, back and on both sides of the case. It even features a sapphire crystal in place of the plates and dial, which creates the illusion that the movement is floating inside the case. It looks really cool in person. Another key feature, is the carrousel movement (a "carrousel" improves accuracy by negating gravity's effects, much like a tourbillon). A carrousel movement is very difficult to produce, and very rare. Accordingly, the price is what you would pay for a tourbillon, or more.


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