The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms needs no presentation any longer. It was, back in 1953, one of the absolute first reason fabricated plunge watches and has since been in the personalities of most gatherers as a genuine symbol. This watch – whose creation was halted when the brand was bankrupt during the 1970s – has been resuscitated in 2007 and from that point forward, different variants have been made. This year, the brand gave another variant updated show, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Grande Date – which has in excess of another date window to offer.
For more than 10 years now, Blancpain has been playing hard with its jump watch – the standard Fifty Fathoms, not the more old style and limited Bathyscaphe . This watch, which blends vintage and current highlights, rich and utilitarian plan codes, comes with different presentations and developments – time-and-date , chronograph, yearly schedule chronograph , tourbillon – or styles, including cool vintage-motivated models or extraordinary variants . The most traditional model, the programmed time-and-date (ref. 5015), has consistently been offered with a date situated at 4:30 on the dial, with Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and encased in steel. At Baselworld 2018, Blancpain had another model to present, this time with a huge date situated at 6 o’clock – and you’ll see that it isn’t the lone new element found on this Fifty Fathoms Grande Date ref. 5050.
At first, the oddity of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Grande Date is by all accounts simply a difference in presentation, with the expansion of a huge date – which means a date showed with two separate digits – situated at 6 o’clock on the dial. The rest is clearly equivalent to the standard reference 5015, including the state of the case, the mark sapphire bezel or the dial/hands combination. However, this is the place where we weren’t right. The Fifty Fathoms Grande Date has advanced (attentively) on practically all its features.
First of all, the instance of this new Grande Date model isn’t made of gleaming cleaned steel however Blancpain settled on the decision of utilitarian, more device ish silk brushed titanium. In addition to the fact that this has an impact on the vibe of the watch – which feels sportier, less sumptuous, less glossy and hazier – however it is likewise a good update on the wrist. Titanium is lighter and thinking about the 45mm measurement and the 16.27mm stature, this isn’t a detail to be disregarded. Titanium is additionally more appropriate for sports/plunge watches, as it is more impervious to consumption and to scratches.
The state of the case hasn’t changed in any case and the extents are equivalent to previously. This implies a somewhat enormous yet at the same time comfortable watch. It sits high on the wrist, it is huge and thick, yet even and charming gratitude to the short drags. Far be it for me to say that the Fifty Fathoms Grande Date is a tuxedo watch, yet it tends to be worn by individuals with more modest wrists – as you can find in the photographs, the watch has been captured on my 17cm wrist. It is more compact than the details lead you to believe.
One of the mark highlights of the Fifty Fathoms has anyway been kept on this Grande Date form: the lustrous and domed sapphire precious stone bezel embed – which was made to review the bakelite bezel found on the 1953 model. This particular plan is important for the DNA of the FF and it is with much joy that Blancpain actually utilizes it. This bezel is very first rate and offers decent reflections and profundity when worn. The sapphire gem has a 60-minute plunging scale imprinted on its inward face and highlights a unidirectional turn – it is, all things considered, a genuine jump watch with 300m water-resistance.
Moving to the dial, other than the expansion of the huge date at 6 o’clock, a few different updates can be seen. In the first place, the new situation of the date window offers a more prominent equilibrium to the dial. At that point, to highlight this visual equilibrium, Blancpain has taken out the applied Arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock to just leave the enormous 12 on top. The wide range of various files are applied triangles loaded up with radiant paint. This makes a cleaner and marginally sportier dial compared to the time-and-date reference 5015. For the rest, no development. The dial is as yet ventured and the hands have the mark sword plan of the collection.
The development of this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Grande Date can be seen through the sapphire case back – and it is a development with amazing exhibitions. The calibre 6918B depends on the notable 1315 found in different watches of the brand. This in-house motor is known for its long force hold – 5 days or 120 hours, because of three mainspring barrels. It additionally includes an anti-attractive silicon hairspring, dodging the requirement for a delicate iron enclosure around the development. All changes are finished by the crown, including the date. This programmed development, with a focal rotor, is pleasantly finished with cleaned sloped points and modern like outspread brushing on the bridges.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Grande Date is accessible with two unique lashes: the exemplary dark texture (sail-material) tie seen on the photographs, just as a dark texture NATO tie for a significantly sportier look. In general, not just the expansion of the enormous date makes a more adjusted watch however the titanium case and the marginally updated dial are likewise giving this Fifty Fathoms Grande Date a more utilitarian and less conspicuous style. It will be evaluated at EUR 16,370 (for both tie alternatives). More subtleties on blancpain.com .