Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback green dial
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback green dial is housed in a satin-brushed case and features a fully integrated chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical coupling. The balance has a frequency of 5Hz, conferring greater precision as well as delivering additional benefits.
In 1953, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms was released and a legend was born. The model’s history is entwined with the formation of the elite French Naval Diving Corps, ‘Les Nageurs de Combat’. The Fifty Fathoms was part of the equipment specified by Robert Maloubier, a highly accomplished diver and leader of this elite team of combat divers. Maloubier is often cited as critical to the success of the Fifty Fathoms. However, another individual instrumental to the creation of the Fifty Fathoms was Jean-Jacques Fiechter, a consummate diver and Blancpain’s CEO at the time.
Irrespective of its past, the Fifty Fathoms remains much loved by purists and it is widely considered the perfect diving tool.
Originally, the Bathyscaphe was a stand-alone model, intended to be smaller than the Fifty Fathoms and better suited to daily wear. It was released around 1956/1957. In 2013, Blancpain unveiled a new Bathyscaphe for a modern generation, positioned as a sub-collection of the Fifty Fathoms family. This watch, measuring 43mm, was smaller than some of the Fifty Fathom models of the time, featured a meteor grey dial and displayed hours, minutes, central seconds and date.
Many horophiles have since fallen for the highly-wearable Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe leading the brand to release numerous additional variants, encompassing different case sizes, dial hues and complications.
A new addition to the Bathyscaphe family is the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback green dial, featuring the Manufacture F385 calibre. This movement has a frequency of 5Hz, delivering high precision, superior shock resistance and less susceptibility to positional errors. While other brands offer high-frequency movements, they remain few in number.
This flyback chronograph is fully integrated with the optimal pairing of a column wheel and vertical coupling. The case is presented in satin-brushed ceramic and measures 43.6mm in diameter.
Endowed with a bewitching green dial, this latest addition to Blancpain’s portfolio blends handsome aesthetics with numerous technical highlights. It seems the legend continues to shine brighter than ever.
The brand’s press release
The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe diver’s watch is one of Blancpain’s must-haves. It owes its aura to its remarkable performance and robustness, as well as to its unique style, which has evolved over the years while respecting the collection’s DNA. The Bathyscaphe now appears in a new chronograph version adorned in green from dial to bezel; a shade enhanced by peerless expertise and skills in terms of dial-making.
Dozens of steps are required to achieve a perfect colour and finish, not to mention the considerable research and development involved in finding the ideal shade. Once the initial phases devoted to the shape and apertures have been completed, the dial is polished in two stages: the first to remove scratches; and the second to obtain a soft, smooth appearance. This is followed by a series of processes designed to give the surface a special texture, including a sunburst effect that endows the dial with a pattern of lines radiating from the centre. The chronograph counters are then hollowed out and snailed to create greater overall depth. The highly technical colouring process can now begin. The dial is coated with several nanometric layers of material. Transformed by the surface, rays of light reflect the desired hue. The dial of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback can then reveal its subtle shades of green which change according to the angle of illumination, sometimes taking on metallic shades.
Colours, surfaces and textures do justice to the heart of this timepiece, the Manufacture F385 calibre, visible through a sapphire crystal caseback. The self-winding chronograph movement beats at a frequency of 5 Hz, enabling each second to be divided into 1/10th intervals. This high frequency guarantees increased accuracy, particularly when timing events. The F385 movement is equipped with a vertical clutch and a chronograph mechanism controlled by a column-wheel. It has a flyback function that enables the chronograph to be reset to zero and restarted instantaneously by simply pressing the push-piece located at 4 o’clock.
The new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback comes in a 43.6 mm satin-brushed black ceramic case topped by a rotating bezel featuring a green ceramic insert. It is paired with a NATO or sail canvas strap.