Blancpain’s three-hand version of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe appears for the first time in a plasma grey ceramic case.
Adding to its allure, the plasma grey ceramic bezel has been equipped with a blue ceramic insert featuring Liquidmetal hour markers, an alloy serving to avoid distortions. The case highlights the technology involved in creating grey plasma ceramic, a production method that gives the colour a subtle metallic shade. Plasma grey ceramic was used for the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback Ocean Commitment that was launched in 2014.
The Blancpain Bathyscaphe diving models first appeared in the late 1950s in both men’s and women’s versions. To mark the anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms in 2013, the Bathyscaphe reappeared with a new aesthetic recalling the first versions. The crisp outlines are reminiscent of their predecessors, the hands feature the traditional look of vintage watches and the date appears through a small window.
The presence of a luminous index located on the bezel, serving to enhance readability during dives, is faithful to the original version of the Bathyscaphe. As with all diving watches worthy of the name, each model has been fitted with a unidirectional bezel which can be rotated with defined clicks in a counter-clockwise direction. During dives, the large seconds hand serves as an indicator that the watch is running. The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is water-resistant to 30 bar, equivalent to 300 metres. The self-winding calibre powering the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is the famous 1315, distinguished by its sturdiness and its exceptional chronometric performance.