Blancpain Bathyscaphe – blue dial in Sedna gold
The Blancpain Bathyscaphe is presented with a blue dial and housed in 43mm Sedna gold case. The bezel features a ceramic insert enriched with Ceragold. Lastly, the automatic Calibre 1315 is visible via an exhibition caseback and showcases the Maison’s legendary no-compromise finishing.
In the world of divers’ watches, few names can rival Blancpain. The Swiss watch brand from the Vallée de Joux produced the ‘first modern diving watch’ in 1953. The Fifty Fathoms saw military service with the French Naval Diving Corps and over the years it has gained legendary status among watch collectors.
The Bathyscaphe was originally released in the 1950s and, at the time, it was a model in its own right. In 2013, the Bathyscaphe was reissued as part of the 60th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms. Recently, the Swiss marque unveiled the Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition with a bewitching green dial.
Now, the luxury watch brand has returned with another new creation, the Blancpain Bathyscaphe with a blue dial in Sedna gold. I can already state, this latest watch exhibits a prepossessing beauty that is difficult to ignore.
At this point, I must point out there is an elephant in the room. Few people these days wear a watch with a five-figure price tag whilst diving. Usually, divers favour an electronic dive computer which is comparatively cheap and proves very accurate.
However, luxury divers’ watches remain a very attractive ownership proposition. They are perfectly suited to those active individuals who wish to wear their watch whilst taking a dip in a swimming pool or simply taking a shower. Most notably, a diver’s watch such as this Bathyscaphe with a blue dial in Sedna gold proves highly versatile, suiting both casual and formal attire.
With this latest addition to the Fifty Fathoms collection, Blancpain has gentrified a once utilitarian object, creating a luxurious and handsome model encased in noble metal. In its latest guise, the appeal of the Bathyscaphe has now grown exponentially.
The brand’s press release
The history of the Fifty Fathoms goes back to 1953, when Blancpain unveiled a timepiece that was to become the first professional diver’s watch. A few years later, Blancpain complemented this time measuring instrument with the Bathyscaphe model, thereby aiming to offer a diver’s watch in a size suited to everyday wear.
Reissued in 2013 in a contemporary version to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms, the Bathyscaphe has since been enriched with a wide choice of models, both in terms of complications and materials. For the first time combining a blue dial and bezel with a Sedna® gold case, the new Bathyscaphe by Blancpain is an elegant addition designed to delight lovers of water sports and beautiful watches as well as experienced divers.
Blue symbolizes Blancpain’s passion and commitment to the underwater world. This deep colour exalts its shimmering reflections and plays with light thanks to the sunburst finish of the dial. Rectangular hour-markers and the chapter ring composed of gold and Super-LumiNova® dots further make their contribution to endowing the dial with an elegant and perfectly legible appearance in any situation. Complemented by a slim seconds hand and a date window, the hour and minute hands are also rectangular and coated with Super-LumiNova®, evoking the Bathyscaphe watches of the 1950s.
Crafted from Sedna® gold – a gold, copper and palladium alloy guaranteeing the exceptional durability of red gold –, the 43 mm case features a sharp outline and satin finish that gives the Bathyscaphe a sporty yet refined look. The Sedna® gold unidirectional rotating bezel is fitted with a ceramic insert including a Ceragold® gold time scale and hour-markers.
Water-resistant to 300 meters, the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe beats to the rhythm of the 1315 calibre. Stemming from a longstanding quest for precision and performance, this self-winding movement was specially developed and produced by Blancpain to equip its sports watches. Its three series-coupled barrels provide it with a five-day power reserve while maintaining constant energy. Its balance features a silicon balance-spring that ensures remarkable regularity of the oscillation frequency as well as impermeability to magnetic fields. A sapphire case-back provides visual access to the movement, revealing all the beauty of a sandblasted, satin-finished and snailed Sedna® gold oscillating weight engraved with the Blancpain logo, along with snailed and bevelled bridges.