REPORT – Car & Watches With Blancpain at the Blancpain GT Series

By rolex
April 5, 2021
4 min read

It’s noisy, it’s fun and it’s exciting… Monochrome was adequately fortunate to go through the week-end with Blancpain at Le Castellet (circuit Paul Ricard). Bentley took its first Endurance Cup triumph in the Blancpain GT Series in three years in the day-night 1000km race. We accepted the open door to “get our hands messy” investigating the lovely Bathyscaphe Chronograph.

Watchmaking and motorsport have been associates for quite a long time. In the course of recent years, Blancpain has arisen as perhaps the most dynamic watch brands in the field of motorsport. The production has become a main name in GT dashing, with the creation of the Blancpain GT Series (a exceptional model in the field of car/watch partnerships), the biggest GT series on the planet. Blancpain is the authority watch and title backer of the competition that combines the fruitful format of the Blancpain perseverance series with the two-race run format of the run series. The two formats keep their separate classifications however have been joined together under the Blancpain GT Series title (2016) – Take a look at  our video report here, at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps .

The Blancpain GT Series is mostly saved for GT3 cars. The following is the Ferrari 488 GT3 of Kessel Racing (888 – Duyver, Perel, Zanuttini) as the group was getting ready for the passing race.

As this cool week-end likewise allowed me the chance to go hands-on with a Blancpain watch, I chose to pick the Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. Indeed, the watch is essential for the plunge watch assortment, however it is dead exquisite and its dynamic look makes it similarly as at home behind the controlling wheel of a race car… A marvel that would handily discover parking spot in my collection.

At once, energetic and rich, the Bathyscaphe Flyback chronograph establishes a solid first connection with its dynamic retro-enlivened plan. At 43.6 mm in breadth, the smooth case is accessible either in brushed dark ceramic or in satin-brushed steel. It features mushroom-type push-pieces, a fluted crown and a scratch-confirmation ceramic unidirectional bezel bearing hour markers loaded up with fluid metal.

The somewhat raised dial is delivered in dark (fired case) or meteor dim tone (steel case). It is perfectly executed with a delicate satin finish and glowing applied markers. The spread out of the sub-counters is pleasantly adjusted in spite of the watch’s huge diameter.

Not simply a beautiful face (and as you’ve come to anticipate from Blancpain) the Bathyscaphe is worked around a heavenly development. The brand’s chronograph has been controlled for quite a long time by the type 1185 (in the past Frédéric Piguet now Blancpain), a magnificent twin-barrel segment wheel chronograph actually made for various models from Blancpain and other very good quality producers. Be that as it may, in this occurrence, the development is the advanced F385 type, one of the new improvements from the brand.

The F385 is a 31.80 mm automatic chronograph (versus 26.2 mm for the 1185) with segment haggle grip. This high-recurrence development runs at 36’000 vibrations each hour which considers upgraded accuracy. It integrates the latest innovations from the assembling. The offset is free-sprung with gold regulating screws and is fitted with a silicon hair-spring. The development is obvious through the sapphire case back and it is magnificently decorated with a spotless, current completion, the rotor is in 18K gold coated with NAC… an ideal fit with the soul of the watch.

Despite the rather enormous breadth, the watch wears truly well. It has a solid presence on the wrist however it is likewise light and comfortable. The Blancpain Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph is paired with a Nato or sail material lash with pin clasp. The steel rendition is additionally accessible with a bracelet.

For more information, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.blancpain.com and www.blancpain-gt-series.com .


Technical specifications – Blancpain Bathyscaphe Flyback chronograph          

  • Case: 43.6 mm x 15.25 mm (43 mm x 14.85 mm for the steel variant) – clay – sapphire gem with AR coating – sapphire caseback –  30 ATM/300 m water resistant.
  • Movement: Caliber F385 with automatic winding – 31.8 mm – 50 h power save – 36’000 vibrations each hour – 37 gems – hours, minutes, seconds, date and flyback chronograph. 322 parts.
  • Strap: nato or sail canvas.
  • Price: CHF 16’000 (artistic) CHF 13’800 (steel)
  • Reference: 5200-0130-B52 A (artistic on texture) 5200-0130-NAB A (ceramic on nato) 5200-1110-B52 A (steel on texture) 5200-1110-NAB A (steel on nato)