Blancpain’s 2013 Diver Reaches New Depths
Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the firm’s original diver’s watch, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe can dive to new depths: It is water resistant to 1,000 feet. New developments in the self-winding mechanical timepiece (from $10,500 for men and $9,500 for women) include a nonmagnetic silicon balance spring, which is protected by a sapphire-crystal caseback and provides corrosion resistance and durability; it is thus able to maintain more accurate measurements over time. The company also employed the amorphous metal alloy Liquidmetal to create a much tougher rotating bezel.
The hands and other design elements, however, are reminiscent of Blancpain’s early diver’s timepieces. The case is set onto a NATO wristband, the durable strap first used on watches by the British Ministry of Defense in the 1960s. The unidirectional bezel’s settings (which can be adjusted by turning the dial counterclockwise) remain, as do the luminescent golden hour markers and indicator, for readability during dives. (www.blancpain.com)