New Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique - Purity of White

Feb 13, 2008
In a successful attempt to pay tribute to the first modern diver's watch introduced in 1953, Blancpain has created a brand-new Fifty Fathoms Automatique watch radiating with understated elegance. The timepiece, a startling contrast to its black predecessors, reveals an immaculate white exterior with a powerful sporty appeal.

The new Blancpain purely white interpretation of its instantly-recognizable Fifty Fathoms makes one feel its distinctively innovative spirit. The white unidirectional rotating bezel crafted in scratch-resistant sapphire keeps the watch's owner away from accidentally prolonging the dive time. The slightly raised and ratcheted design of the bezel is developed to limit any potential shocks.

The 45 mm-diameter steel case of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique watch is fitted with crown guards to guarantee enhanced security of the construction. The matt white dial background is completed with trapeze-shaped hour-markers and hands in rhodium-plated gold with applied luminescent coating. The bezel of the watch is provided the pearly grey Luminova markings revealing their fluorescent green color only in the ocean-depths darkness.

In the heart of the white Fifty Fathoms Automatique there beats a self-winding Calibre 1315, a Blancpain in-house mechanical movement developed exquisitely for timepieces with a resolutely sporting vocation. Based on the concept of utmost simplicity, accuracy and performance, Calibre 1315 is designed to ensure peerless accuracy and rating efficiency. The mechanism is equipped with three series-coupled barrels to offer an advantage of a 5-day power reserve, providing a sturdy supply of energy at all times.

The sapphire crystal case back of the new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms displays the beauty and complex nature of the movement composed of 222 parts. The timepiece boasts 300-meter water-resistance.

Blancpain self-winding Calibre 1315 reveals perfect finishing. The large rubies are driven directly into the bridges and plates, maintaining the amazing visual magic of a traditional movement. The oscillating weight specially designed for the purely white model spotlights a nautilus motif.

The new Blancpain watch is coupled with a sporty and water-resistant rubber-lined white sail canvas strap equipped with a pin buckle.

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms collections holds plenty of surprises for avid fans of the brand - it will soon be enlarged with new models created in new colors and featuring luxurious finishes, to please devotees of fine mechanical watchmaking.

The original model of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, developed to withstand the extreme conditions of military underwater missions, appeared in 1953, following the encounter between Blancpain and Captain 'Bob' Maloubier and his lieutenant Claude Riffaud. The officers were commissioned by the French Ministry of Defence to form an elite unit of 'Combat Divers' to be supplied with reliable timekeepers.

The timepiece guaranteed water-resistance to 50 fathoms (91.45 meters), the depth that suggested name of the mechanical masterpiece. In short period of time, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms earned a reputation for remarkable reliability and sturdiness. The model gained the status of the archetypal modern diver's watch.

In 2007, Blancpain unveiled a whole collection of watches that inherited the DNA of the iconic timekeeping instrument. Along with the Automatique model, the collection comprises a flyback chronograph model and a majestic flying tourbillon. All three Fifty Fathoms models guarantee 300-meter water-resistance.


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