Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet: Maximum Utility
Beyond just simple timekeeping, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet is personifies everyday utility.
Of the numerous dive watches that exist today, only a handful can lay claim to the title of pioneer that the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe does. Created in 1956, the icon of the dive world forged a path for others to follow, defining specifications and requirements that allow watches to reach the deep depths of underwater exploration. Though diving is not as popular compared to its heyday, dive watches are still well-loved to this very day for their functionality and aesthetics. Over the decades, various complications were introduced to the Fifty Fathoms to meet the evolving needs of the wearer, one being the complete calendar as seen in the latest interpretation of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet.
Built with an indomitable spirit and designed for functionality, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet is guided by the manufacture’s “Innovation Is Our Tradition” principle as it marries the savoir-faire of Blancpain. The emblematic sporting DNA of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is tempered with a touch of tradition offered by the complete calendar more commonly seen in the Blancpain Villeret collection. In doing so, the Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet reinforces the principle of everyday utility — a timepiece that is more than capable of handling the rigours of daily wear and offers the calendar information at a glance.
Two iterations of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet are released in either dress or utilitarian guises. The former is the tried-and-tested formula that pairs an 18K red gold case with a sunburst blue-gradient dial and a blue ceramic bezel with Ceragold scale while the latter is cased in Grade 23 titanium. A tonal colour palette is distinguished by varying shades of grey seen on the sunburst anthracite dial and matte ceramic bezel with a graduated Liquidmetal scale. Both pieces are paired with matching coloured NATO or sailcloth straps with the titanium model available with a titanium bracelet.
Powering the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet is the in-house self-winding calibre 6654.P that offers 72 hours of power reserve and displays the date, day of the week, month and moon phase. Given the fragility of complete calendars in general, a security system is integrated into the movement allowing owners to manipulate the indications without any risk to the movement.
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