The Swiss watch manufacturer is revisiting one of its diving watches from the end of the 1960s, the Barakuda. The 500-piece 2019 edition retains the features of the original version while making the most of the Blancpain’s technical innovations.
The new Fifty Fathoms Barakuda faithfully reinterprets the aesthetic codes of the timepiece from the late 1960s. Its black dial is punctuated by large red and white hour-markers coated with old radium type Super-LumiNova.
Blancpain has teamed the vintage attributes with its emblematic unidirectional bezel featuring a scratch-resistant domed sapphire insert, an innovation unveiled by the brand in 2003. The steel case of this new watch, water-resistant to 300 metres, has a diameter of 40mm, a size reserved for Fifty Fathoms timepieces in limited series. It houses the 1151 self-winding movement, whose sporty usage in this model does not dispense it from high-end finishes.
The twin barrels are wound via a cut-out rotor, in reference to some of the collection’s antique watches. Paired with a tropical rubber strap identical to that of the historical models, the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda embodies a combination of vintage design and advanced technicality.
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