Blancpain Itroduces its 500 Fathoms Watch at Cannes Boat Show

Aug 17, 2009
The renowned watch-making house Blancpain has opted for the opulent area of the Cannes Boat Show in order to introduce its novel dive timepiece, the 500 Fathoms watch, which is regarded as a sensation in the world of horology. This diving model boasts 1000-meter water-resistance, a completely new feature for the line-up, manufactured by Blancpain.

The release of this exceptional water timepiece, which is everything both fans and collectors can expect from Blancpain in terms of craftsmanship, implies the brands entry into the world of acclaimed professional watches intended for divers.

Distinguished by features like a unidirectionally rotating luminous bezel as well as a helium release valve, extremely important for a dive watch, the Blancpain 500 Fathoms watch exposes the core of its structure to be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back display. It refers to the automatic Blancpain-made 1315 caliber, which includes a set of necessary technical components.

The range of technical details embraces a freely-sprung balance wheel with regulating screws, a date display, which can be safely moved forwards or backwards, avoiding the risk of damage to the mechanism, as well as a system of three serially operating mainspring barrels, ensuring a lengthy 5-day power reserve.

The movement excellence is just as well mirrored in its sophisticated decorative finishing, crowned by a special centrally-mounted winding rotor, performed in the shape of a boat propeller.

The watch-making company Blancpain will launch the 500 Fathoms Cannes Boat Show watch as limited series of 20 pieces. The 48mm titanium case of every single Blancpain watch issued will be individually numbered.

The model is accompanied by a nautical canvas strap, exposing a rubber lining, characterized by water- and perspiration-resistance. The rugged yet very attractive strap is finished with an elegant folding clasp.

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