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Blancpain Bathyscaphe In Titanium: A Bold Newcomer to The Fifty Fathoms Collection

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True to the legacy and sporty-chic style of its predecessors, the latest addition to the Bathyscaphe line features a case in titanium representing a valuable asset in all circumstances.

Since its inception in 1956, the Bathyscaphe line has been a mainstay of Blancpain‘s diver’s watch collection. With the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe living up to its name, this avant-garde diver’s watch evokes the exceptional properties of the underwater craft designed by Auguste Piccard to explore the abyss. Alongside the key technical characteristics of the Bathyscaphe models renowned for their reliability and versatility, this creation features a titanium case, a first in the current line descended from the original Fifty Fathoms.

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The Bathyscaphe line remains a mainstay of Blancpain’s diver’s watch collection.

Blancpain is no novice in the use of this metal, which it already incorporated during the early 1960s into a special series of MIL- SPEC II models made for US Navy bomb disposal teams. A pioneer in the field of diver’s watches since the 1953 launch of the Fifty Fathoms representing the first of its kind, Blancpain has also been trailblazer in the use of innovative materials for its timepiece production.

Titanium is a reliable ally of diver’s watches, offering numerous advantages including high resistance to shock, pressure and corrosion. In addition, this metal boasts a low density making it particularly light and comfortable to wear.

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A unidirectional satin-brushed titanium bezel with ceramic insert and LiquidmetalTM hour-markers accompanies the anthracite dial of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium.

Measuring 43 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 bar (approximately 300 metres), the sharply contoured case of the new Bathyscaphe is made of satin-finished grade 23 titanium. This high-end titanium rarely used in the watch industry requires substantial machining work that is extremely challenging. The anthracite-coloured dial features a hand-crafted vertical satin finish creating a resolutely modern matt effect, enhanced by the Bathyscaphe’s traditional luminescent baton-type hands and geometric hour-markers, as well as a satin-finished titanium bezel with a satin-finished ceramic insert and a Liquidmetal™ time scale.

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The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium is equipped with the in-house Calibre 1315.

Technical and precision timekeeping feats are the order of the day for this new Bathyscaphe equipped with in-house Calibre 1315, a benchmark in the field of sports watches. Born of a long quest for accuracy and performance, this self-winding movement with a five-day power reserve notably features a silicon balance-spring rendering it totally insensitive to magnetic fields. It is also distinguished by the high level of finishing visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, where snailed and chamfered bridges rub shoulders with a sandblasted, satin-finished and snailed gold oscillating weight.

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Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium Ref 5000-1210-NAGA is fitted with a NATO strap.

This new model comes fitted with a NATO or anthracite sailcloth strap, or a grade 23 satin-finished titanium bracelet. The design of the latter is identical to those fitted on Fifty Fathoms models – a first for a Bathyscaphe timepiece.

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Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium Ref 5000-1210-G52A is fitted with an anthracite sailcloth strap.

The use of grade 23 titanium affords numerous finishing possibilities that influence the colour nuances of the material. As well as being a worthy heir to a well-established family, the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in titanium also charts a course towards new horizons, buoyed as ever by the ocean and its countless currents.

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Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Titanium Ref 5000-1210-98S is fitted with grade 23 satin-finished titanium bracelet.

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