Blancpain Unveils 500 Fathoms GMT Watch

May 27, 2009
In 2009, Blancpain unveils an exceptional diver’s watch equipped with the brand’s new self-winding movement - Calibre 5215 offering the GMT function. It is created as a perfect timekeeping companion for demanding sports enthusiasts, cosmopolitans and lovers of exclusive wristwatches.

The sturdy 247-part movement incorporates a nicely engraved oscillating weight, the shape of which reminds a boat propeller. The calibre is based on a one-of-a-kind system of micrometrical balance-regulating screws. Inertia-blocks located around the “felly” or rim of the balance control the rate.

Two diametrically opposite screws perform a quarter-turn, resulting in a gain or loss of 30 seconds per day. This way the level of precision becomes much higher and the movement operation is not hindered by jolting or jarring.

Three series-coupled barrels provide the new Calibre 5215 with a 5-day power reserve. The intricate nature of the movement is also expressed through highly prestigious movement finishes, including “cotes paraboliques”, bevelling and circular-graining.

The ultra-sporty Blancpain 500 Fathoms GMT watch demonstrates a brushed titanium case, 48 mm in diameter. The timepiece
boasts outstanding water-resistance - down to 1000 meters - as its case incorporates an automatic helium decompression valve placed at 10 o’clock.

The rugged dial of the 500 Fathoms GMT watch offers great readability in all circumstances. The black dial features large luminous trapeze-shaped hour-markers and luminous oversized 6, 9 and 12 o’clock numerals. The date function is presented at 3 o’clock via a white Arabic numeral against a black background. The red-tipped central hand pointing to a 24-hour scale around the circumference of the dial is responsible for showing the GMT time. All the hands are also provided with luminous material.

The ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel is crafted from titanium and scratch-resistant sapphire. Its slightly convex profile protects it from impacts.

The screw-down case-back of the Blancpain watch reveals a sapphire crystal exhibition window that allows to drop a glance at the movement.

Watches.InfoNIAC. com considers that the new Blancpain 500 Fathoms GMT watch is created as a perfect timekeeping companion for demanding sports enthusiasts, cosmopolitans and lovers of exclusive wristwatches.

The watch goes on a rubber-lined black canvas strap fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp. The timepiece is presented in an ultra-rugged water-resistant presentation box created to withstand even extreme conditions.

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