Blancpain’s new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph
The 2016 Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II might have a name that’s pretty hard to remember, but it’s totally worthy of our attention. This new exquisite watch from Blancpain comes with a blue ceramic case, proving one more time that major watchmakers have a new found respect for ceramic technology.
The main issue with ceramic cases is that achieving color uniformity and maintaining sufficient hardness at the same time is somewhat of a magic trick, and just a few companies have the skills for it. According to Blancpain, this deep, rich blue the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph is showing off required a precise and complex process that resulted after several years of trials.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II will easily mock 300-meter deep waters while ceramic’s non-scratching and non-fading properties are pro points in our book as well. Keeping time moving is a automatic caliber F385 that runs at 5Hz, backed up by 50 hours worth of power reserve.
In the meantime, the sapphire crystal case-back offers a beautiful view of the movement and the 18k gold rotor boasting the Ocean Commitment logo. Each of the 250-unit limited series will cost £14,000 (US$17,000), while €1,000 of the purchase cost will go to supporting scientific expeditions.