Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Watch in Ceramic for 2015 Hands-On

Getting a properly-established brand in the realm of the watchmaking industry is frequently enough to change new items. When that brand is mainly connected by having a legendary model recommended by stated new items, you are able to basically bank on the favorable reception. 2015 sees the discharge from the Blancpain Bathyscaphe in ceramic. This component update brings the Blancpain Bathyscaphe, initially designed is the Fifty Fathoms’ kid brother, screaming in to the modern market. Considering that Blancpain is possessed through the Piece of fabric Group ¨C a conglomerate with considerable experience of the area of ceramics summarized through the new Omega Speed masters and also the ever-present ceramic stalwart Rado we ought to expect good stuff. The same is true the Blancpain Bathyscaphe meet the hype? Have Blancpain handled to evolve balance loved DNA from the Fifty Fathoms into something which balances that old and also the new, and have they screwed-up a vintage formula?

The Blancpain Bathyscaphe is inextricably from the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, that was a trailblazer in the day. ISO 6425, the current standard for watches for diving since 1996, was noticeably informed through the marriage of features and novelties first observed in the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. Before its release, nobody had seen a unidirectional bezel. Together with that (essential) feature, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms featured water proofing to (surprise, surprise) 50 fathoms (about 90 meters), automatic winding, double O-ring gaskets around the crown, and luminous markers and hands, most particularly the seconds hands, which functions like a running indicator. It wasn’t born like a luxury item, but because an authentic tool. The effect of a 1953 collaboration between Blancpain Boss Jean-Jaques Fiechter (who went the organization between 1950 and 1980), and French combat divers Captain Robert Bob Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, the 42mm master-stroke continued to sire a completely new design principle that’s now as comfortable within the boardroom because it is around the ocean mattress. If you want to find out more about a brief history of watches for diving, read this article.


Certainly one of its nearest descendants when it comes to genetics otherwise appearance may be the Blancpain Bathyscaphe. First launched within the late Fifties and re-imagined for Baselworld 2013, the Bathyscaphe targeted to capitalise on fans from the Fifty Fathoms and also to attract new customers. The Blancpain Bathyscaphe doesn’t seem like a scaly lower form of its forerunner, and were it not for many subtle design nods along with a pointed advertising campaign referencing this new incarnation’s heritage, it wouldn’t appear related. It will, however, tick all the boxes like a dive watch and it is a significant, if less blunt instrument.

The Blancpain Bathyscaphe could be utilized for an underwater timer; however it is not really intended to be. To begin with, it features a glass back, which while not stopping it from reaching a really impressive 300 meters water resistance, isn’t a common feature on serious dive tools, just like any uncovered gasket provides much more of a danger water ingress than the usual closed situation back. The timepiece is anti-magnetic but is clearly lacking of the Faraday protection plate. It handles this visually pleasing omission by making use of a plastic balance spring. Not just is plastic appealing because of its anti-magnetic qualities, nevertheless its molecular stability is phenomenal. It’s highly resistant against deformation when uncovered to extreme temps. The only real disadvantage to plastic within this role is its brittleness. In which a classic Nivrox balance spring will bend, one made from plastic could break. It’s uncommon to do this, though, and will need a significant serious shock towards the situation. Regarding the ceramic version, it’s most likely much more likely that the shock significant enough to interrupt the total amount spring would nick the situation first.


Therein lays the issue with ceramic. It’s an attractive material, smooth and organic to look at, comfortable to put on, and atmospherically resistant in composition, but brittle and permanent when broken. There’s no sensible method to fix a ceramic situation once it has been broken because of the manufacturing process (cases start existence much bigger compared to what they take presctiption the wrist, prior to being “reduced” throughout the finishing process). With this desirable material, every wound is effectively fatal. It is a great shame that ceramic has this natural weakness, because it is otherwise well suited for the rigours of diving.

For those individuals who think ceramic is definitely an awesome new material that provides formerly unseen aesthetic options in the watchmaking industry, you will find just like many (possibly more) that dislike it because of its somewhat “cheap” appearance, its brazen modernity, its inclination towards irreversible damage, and, however speculatively, its unknown ability to hold value with time.


Which is not really a small watch? The situation measure 43.6mm excluding the crown, and also the lugs are spread a really generous 23mm apart. You will find two strap possibilities using the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Ceramic: whether sailcloth pin buckle variant, or the option of webbing NATO. One common critique of NATO straps is they result in the watch fully stand up very proud around the wrist. Fortunately for fans from the wrap-around strap, this watch is just 13.6mm thick, thanks mainly towards the slimness from the movement, which measures just 5.65mm. Now, 13.6mm isn’t amazingly slim, but because of the width to height ratio, the timepiece seems light and stylish. One major difference in the Fifty Fathoms may be the low-profile ceramic bezel with liquid metal amounts carried through the Blancpain Bathyscaphe. Despite as being a large watch itself, it will look positively contained as compared to the egregious Fifty Fathoms.


Another means by that the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe discloses its self-confident independence from the famous relative, is the style of the hour markers. Relatively small, inlaid dots full of high-quality luminant mark the hrs, with 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock flagged by wedge-formed markers having a thin strip of lume lower the center. The sweeping bevelled lugs really are a factor of beauty. The entire profile of the watch is professional and pleasing towards the eye, particularly the crown, which is a good size and placed using the Blancpain initial logo design.


The calibre 1315 is definitely an in-house Blancpain movement which has featured within the Fifty Fathoms range for a while. With 120 hrs energy reserve, the 35-jewelled engine keeps this watch ticking in two opposites and, because of the glass situation back, engraved rotor, and traditional frosted finish works just like ably underneath the scrutinizing eye of would-be lovers. If this watch was initially launched, it had been listed being an entry-level Fifty Fathoms model. Using these material developments, that’s no more truly the situation. It’s still cheaper, but by most standards, it now bears an extravagance cost to contend with its competent peer. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ceramic model includes a cost of $12,860, as the rose gold version is available in at $25,200 around the sewn sail cloth, and $26,810 around the NATO. If you are wondering why the NATO strap is $1,610 greater than the conventional strap, take a look at the rose gold retainers, that certainly add a little of sparkle to some strap made from web ¨C a strange combination along with a obvious indictment from the occasions: this watch is more prone to see action within the city compared to ocean, however that does not prevent carrying out a job and doing the work well.