New faces for the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet

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Blancpain extends their lineup to the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe collection with the new Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet models – one in red gold and another in titanium.

Press release information with commentary in italics.

New: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet in red gold and titanium

The new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet in red gold and titanium has a retail price of CHF 14,800 in titanium and either strap (ref 5054-1210), SGD 25,400 / CHF 17,200 in titanium bracelet and SGD 41,600 CHF 28,000 in red gold with pin buckle (Ref. 5054-3640).

Commentary

The Bathyscape collection within the Fifty Fathoms lineup gets a model extension with this new release, bringing the collection to a total of 3 references. The new models are in red gold and titanium, and join the existing steel model. The steel Ref 5054-1110 is available in two different strap options as well as in a steel bracelet. The same is true for the new Red. 5054-1210 titanium model – in two different strap options and one with a titanium bracelet. The new red gold model Ref. 5054-3640 is available in two different strap options.

We reviewed the steel version in detail here.

The technical details remain the same with the exception of the new case materials and the dial/bezel colour. The steel had a grey dial which Blancpain calls Meteor Grey, with a sunburst finish. The titanium dial retain the sunburst finish, but the titanium model sports an anthracite dial while the red gold is fitted with a blue dégrade dial. The bezels are in matching hue to the dial, and crafted in ceramic with Liquimetal markers.

Case sizing remains unchanged at a largish 43mm as is the water resistance rating of 300m.

The same Caliber 6654.P movement is used. This is an automatic movement – wound by a 18K gold central rotor – boasts 72 hours of power reserve. It is fitted with a silicon hairspring which, in addition to being anti-magnetic, is also temperature- and shock-resistant. From a finishing perspective, the Calibre 6654.P is attractive but without frills, quite befitting a tool diver’s watch.

Release Details

Blancpain presents two new interpretations of its Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet model: a red gold version with a blue-gradient dial; and a titanium version with an anthracite dial. Through their distinct styles, these new models bring together two emblematic Blancpain universes: the sporting DNA of its famous Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch; and its traditional complete calendar with moon phases.

The Bathyscaphe was created in 1956 with the aim of offering a diver’s watch whose size would make it suitable for everyday wear. It is one of the mainstays of the Fifty Fathoms collection. It has evolved over the years and was reinterpreted by Blancpain in 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms.

Combining sporty features with day of the week, month and date indications, the Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet model reinforces the principle of everyday utility that gave rise to the first Bathyscaphe. The information on the dial is complemented by a moon phase positioned in a large window at 6 o’clock. As usual, Blancpain has taken care to protect the 6654.P self-winding movement of this Bathyscaphe by equipping its date mechanism with a security system. This enables the owner of the watch to handle each indication at any time, without any risk to the movement, unlike the usual calendar watches.

Measuring 43 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 bar (approximately 300 m), the new Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet is available in two satin-brushed versions with well-marked contours: one in red gold and the other in grade 23 titanium. The red gold model is paired with a sunburst blue-gradient dial that catches the light with remarkable ease. The gold hour-markers, hands and moon match the case colour and the dial is framed by a unidirectional rotating bezel with a brilliant blue ceramic inlay featuring a CeragoldTM time scale. The colour-material match continues on the back of the timepiece which reveals a red gold oscillating weight. Meanwhile, the titanium model is distinguished by subtle shades of grey. Its sunburst anthracite dial is enhanced by gold hour-markers, rhodium-plated hands and moon. The likewise anthracite ceramic bezel is satin-brushed for a resolutely contemporary matt effect and bears a graduated LiquidmetalTM scale. The gold rotor of the titanium model has been given an anthracite NAC coating instilling a sporty and dynamic vibe.

The Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet watch in red gold is available with a blue NATO or sailcloth strap, with the latter option also offering a choice between a pin buckle and a folding clasp. The titanium model comes with a titanium bracelet or a grey NATO or sailcloth strap.

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