Blancpain transforms classic Bathyscaphe collection from black to blue


Swiss watch designer, Blancpain, a subsidiary of the Swatch Group, is extending its vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe collection with the addition of aa 38 mm timepiece attired in abyss blue.

The 2017 model features a blue ceramic insert and hour-markers in Liquidmetal, an alloy known for its deformation resistance and its long-term stability.Bathyscaphe diving watches were first introduced in the 1950s, and reissued in 2013 as a 60th anniversary launch that took on vintage elements of the original.

It has a luminescent dot on the bezel, serving as an index for divers so that they know the start and finish time of a dive.

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The watch is water-resistant to approximately 300 meters.

Inside is a Caliber 1150 movement with gold oscillating weight equipped with two series-coupled barrels ensuring a 100-hour power reserve.

It has a balance spring in silicon, whose low density makes it lighter and thus more shock-resistant.

The new timepiece will launch at Blancpain’s Bond Street store in September.

The news follows the launch of the Fifty Fathoms timepiece in black last month.

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