Jacob & Co.’s New Jean Bugatti

Jacob & Co.’s recent Bugatti Chiron Blue Sapphire timepiece draws a pretty direct, iridescent line to the burgeoning 8-liter, W16-cylinder, 1500-plus horsepower engine of the modern $3-million Bugatti Chiron hypercar in a wrist-friendly format.

However, the new Jacob co Jean Bugatti in rose gold chronograph by Jacob & Co. is much more about capturing the romantic essence of the vintage 1930s-era Type 57 Bugatti automobiles, especially the legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic, considered by most car enthusiasts to be the most valuable car on the planet.

As such, this Jacob & Co.’s New Jean Bugatti watch represents the introduction of an innovative and superbly complicated new movement to honor such an automotive legend. But it also indicates a bold new direction for the watchmaker so famed for its blend of brash design and horological inventiveness.
The astounding new manually wound JCFM09 movement inside the Jean Bugatti has a raft of bragging-rights technology packed inside its 470-component structure: twin one-minute flying tourbillons, a high-frequency double retrograde chronograph function with split hands and jumping counters, smooth mushroom pushers that trigger a column wheel system married to a separate barrel and regulating approach, and peripheral hour and minute indicators, to name a few of the marquis innovations.
But it is the thoughtful and artful integration of these functions into what is nothing short of a surprisingly classical and refined wrist-bourne love letter to the Bugatti Type 57 and its designer Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore Bugatti, that makes this machine tick and hum so beautifully. Especially in the 18K red gold case with heritage-inspired cream dial execution we share here, that estimable spirit is fully captured for your wearing pleasure. (There is also a sister 18K white gold case with gleaming deep blue dial version available).
Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Bugatti design DNA will instantly recognize the trio of gold-rimmed apertures straddling 6 o’clock on this 46mm timepiece as an artful ode to the Type 57’s fascia.

The two “headlamps” give smoked sapphire views to the exquisite one-minute flying tourbillons spinning in concert to fend off the forces of gravity, with iconic “EB” Bugatti logos in polished steel topping the cages and a spring clutch that regulates the twin 21,600 vph spinners.
And at first glance, the unmistakable ovate Bugatti “grille” between them might appear to be a larger vertical date indicator. But it actually serves as an unexpected and unique jumping 30-minute counter for the watch’s inherent chronograph functionality – a real mind-blower.
Those short, blued central hands atop the dial’s Bugatti logo aren’t for the hours and minutes. The longer hand rides along a retrograde, precision 10-second gauge that, like a tachometer, jumps dramatically back to zero for every 10-second “gear change” after you activate the chronograph function. In turn, the shorter hand tallies up the minute interval by jumping up to each 10-second marker, and then clutching back to its gold double-zero spot when your minute is up. Finally, as I previously mentioned, the “grille”-located 30-minute counter pops the next minute interval for the half hour into place to complete this astounding re-envisioning of a chronograph.
Again, mimicking a dashboard’s gauges, two red arrows float along the dial’s elegantly inclined outer rim to clearly indicate the time, with a wide triangle for hours and a more slender one for the minutes. Since they follow the same path, a slight difference in elevation allows the two indicators to pass in the night when minutes catch up to hours.
Even the exhibition caseback, which gives you a splendid view of the dual regulating organs – the components dedicated to the complex chronograph function and the ones for the hours and minutes – reveals some structural bridge work spanning reminiscent of automotive frames and suspension. That dual approach, by the way, ensures a 48-power reserve for the Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti, with a 2-hour power reserve for the chronograph portion of the timepiece.
Every box is checked for an automotive-inspired timepiece, to be sure. But given the status of the Bugatti Type 57 and its game-changing vision of what a car could be, the shear inventiveness the craftsmen at Jacob & Co. and how they brought the romance of vintage-fueled motion to the kinetics of elegant time-telling is quite remarkable.

A handsome blue alligator strap with blue stitching finishes the race for the 46mm rose gold Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti, with a black-on-black alligator strap for the white gold Jacob & Co.’s New Jean Bugatti watch

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Louis Moinet Metropolis Mexico

Mexico City’s Salon Internacional Alta Relojería (SIAR) is Latin America’s most important annual watch fair. As such, this major horological event has become an opportunity for brands to release special editions celebrating Mexico and its culture. Among the watches presented in 2019 are two Louis Moinet pieces, the “Only Mexico” and “Louis Moinet Metropolis Mexico”.
Only Mexico is a unique piece celebrating Mexico’s culture and history, in particular, its Aztec heritage. Animated by the ballet of a tourbillon, its richly engraved dial is inspired by the Piedra del Sol, one of the most celebrated Aztec sculptures. Exhibited in the museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, this Sun Stone monolith provides a representation of the Aztec cosmic worldview.
The engraved openwork pattern contrasts with a black background that is made from Allende meteorite. One of the most “studied” meteorites in history and the largest ever found on Earth, the Allende meteorite fell as a shower of stones after breaking up in the atmosphere neat the village of Pueblito de Allende in Chihuahua, in 1969. It is classified as a carbonaceous chondrite, the most primitive of meteorites and contains some of the oldest known matter, estimated to be 4.567 billion years old.
The centre of the dial is made from Toluca Meteorite, an iron meteorite found near the eponymous city, that has been treated in blue. Measuring 45.4mm in diameter, the 18k pink gold case features open-worked lugs and the brand’s signature six-screw bezel. It is extensively hand-engraved with pre-Colombian patterns (masterfully executed by Boris Nemitz). The crown is adorned with the brand’s fleur de lys logo.
This unique piece is powered by the calibre LM35 regulated by a one-minute tourbillon. With a 3Hz frequency and 72 hours of power reserve, this hand-wound movement is visible via the exhibition caseback. It comes in a white monochrome finish with circular Geneva stripes and with a cool ‘octopus’ spring, which is actually 3 springs in one: pull-out piece spring, lever spring and click spring. The watch is worn on an alligator leather strap with alligator lining. The gold folding clasp comes in the shape of a fleur de lys.
The second special edition presented at SIAR by Louis Moinet Metropolis Mexico is the Metropolis Mexico. This steel 12-piece limited edition stands out with its brown, open-worked dial. The Roman numeral hour markers are suspended in between two rings. It reveals parts of the movement and an intermediate plate engraved with a characteristic repetitive pattern. At 3 o’clock, a fragment of the Allende Meteorite is contained in a tiny capsule held in place by 4 screws.
The Louis Moinet Metropolis Mexico comes in the brand’s Neo case with open-worked lugs and six-screw bezel. Measuring 43.2mm in diameter, it is made wtih 316L stainless steel. Turning the watch over, the exhibition caseback reveals the automatic calibre LM45, a proprietary movement with 4Hz frequency and 48h power reserve. It is decorated with Geneva stripes, perlage, diamond-cut angles and a clous de Paris guilloché rotor. The brown alligator leather strap is fitted with a steel folding clasp.

Bell & RossBR V2-92 ORANGE

The new Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Orange sports watch features the graphic signature of the dial of the very recent BR V2-92 Full Lum. It incorporates the same indexes, numerals and hands that light up in the dark.

It spotlights an orange dial just like the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Orange, the Diver who initiated the Orange family in 2020. The BR V292 Orange is the second element of this collection. These two watches have the colour orange in common.
Their emblem is the surfboard for one and the skateboard for the other. Skateboard and surfboards are two equivalent sliding accessories, one land-intended for the macadam, the other aquatic, for the ocean.

The BR V292 Orange watch is characterised by the Pop colour of its dial, a very pure and bright orange.

On the BR V2-92 Orange, the combination of this bright colour and the black outlines of the hands, numerals and indexes, offer optimal reading. Readability has always been one of the fundamental qualities of Bell & Ross instrument watches.
The BR V2-92 Orange pays tribute to the world of skateboarding. Its neo-retro design and its Pop colour associate it with this stylish sport, born in California in the 70s. The roundness of its case evokes in particular the roundness of the wheels of a skateboard.

Its rubber strap with a “braided” tropical print is reminiscent of the grip that covers a skateboard deck. The BR V2-92 Orange is also available with an integrated full steel bracelet.
The BR V2-92 Orange is a sports watch whose objective is readability and reliability. This classic 41 mm steel watch has an assertive neo-retro character. It features the Bell & Ross elegant Vintage case with timeless rounded lines.

Ready for action, this novelty is well suited to outdoor activities. Robust, designed for sport, it is water-resistant to a depth of 100 m.
The BR V2-92 Orange is powered by the self-winding BR-CAL.302 calibre. Reliable and precise, this mechanism displays the hours, minutes and seconds by central hands and the date in an aperture. Its notched bidirectional rotating bezel is used to set benchmarks in time.

Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Green

Previously available in black, blue, and grey, the fourth addition the BR 05 Skeleton family features a green-tinted crystal that offers a view into the skeletonized dial. The olive green crystal gives you a look at the BR-CAL.322 automatic movement, which has a 38-hour power reserve. The watch features a 40mm stainless steel case that’s fitted to a steel bracelet or a khaki green rubber strap to match the dial.
The “Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Green collection” by Bell & Ross keeps expanding on the skeletonized theme. Back in 2019 they released a steel skeletonized dial, which recently was followed up by a more luxurious gold version. Now they’ve added a green skeletonized dial, thanks to the use of an intermediate tinted sapphire crystal.
The 40mm case comes in the iconic Bell & Ross circle in a square format, made of stainless-steel with a mix of vertically brushed surfaces and polished accents. While mounted to the case is a fixed rounded out square bezel with exposed screws.
On the flip-side we have an exhibition case back, which allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement and continues the exposed theme found on its dial.
It comes equipped with a setting-crown surrounded by crown guards, which give the case an overall concise and compact look. The crown has also been engraved with the ampersand logo that Bell & Ross is renowned for. All topped by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, which assists with water-resistance reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a skeleton dial that appears to be green due to it being directly under an intermediate olive green-tinted sapphire crystal. Meanwhile getting a reading on the current time is facilitated by an inner flange with floating steel applied hour index markers.
Hovering over the upper half of the dial is the “Bell & Ross” logo engraved directly on the top sapphire crystal in white font. The central steel hour, minutes hands and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility.
The “ Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Green ” (Ref#: BR05A-GN-SKST) is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.322 with 25 jewels and 28,800 Vph. It is based on the classic Sellita SW3000-1, but specifically modified for this Bell & Ross edition. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound. Mounted on the watch is an integrated stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a three-fold clasp. An optional green striped rubber strap with a steel folding clasp is also available with a more accessible price-tag.
This is a limited edition of only 500 manufactured timepieces. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.

Fake Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Green

The Premier collection stands out and apart from Breitling’s classic pilot and dive watches, while still leaving all its distinctive Breitling features intact. We review the flagship model of this recently launched line, with original photos by Olaf Köster.
In marked contrast to the Navitimer 1 with its instrument-like tracks around the dial, or the Chronomat with its structural unidirectional rotating bezel, the timepieces in Breitling’s Premier collection embody understatement. But if we look to the past, we can see they’re clearly identifiable as Breitling watches. Most people who choose a Breitling Premier today weren’t even born when the original Premier watches were launched in the 1940s. During that time of turmoil and new beginnings, watches in the Premier line were intended to convey reliability, value and a touch of elegance. These merits are welcome today as well and give us a chance to step away from our fast-paced world for a bit of peace and quiet.

And so the Premier collection not only recalls a different era with its name but also hits the same marks with its design as it did back in the 1940s. It is also “the first modern Breitling collection that stands for elegance in everyday life,” according to Breitling CEO Georges Kern.
Our test watch, the Replica Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Green , is the flagship of the collection. Its name makes it abundantly clear that it is equipped with Breitling manufacture movement 01, available with either a silver or blue dial with black counters. A special Bentley version is available with a British racing green dial and the Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is also available with a brown dial and a red-gold case. Our test watch was housed in stainless steel.
For the sake of clarity, let us mention here that the collection also includes chronographs with ETA/Valjoux 7750-based movements and various three-hand watches with a small seconds subdial or weekday/date displays.

Speaking of the date, on the Replica Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Green, it is easily legible at its location at 6 o’clock. Its prominent placement is made possible thanks to the reduction of displays with the chronograph movement 01, which omits the 12-hour counter and lets the offset position of the date between 4 and 5 o’clock shift to a straight up-and-down position at 6 o’clock. The two black subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock present an attractive and readable “panda” face on a white background. This bicompax arrangement places the chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock and a permanent small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. This gives the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 a very balanced appearance and follows the current trend of chronographs with only two counters. Of course this only allows the timing of intervals of up to 30 minutes, but let’s be honest – who among us in these rapid-fire times needs to record extended time spans, especially since the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 was designed for “powering down.” Powering down is no problem with this Breitling manufacture movement. With its power reserve of 70 hours, the timepiece can easily be taken off the wrist and set aside for an extended “time out” without any worry of its stopping, especially since the rate results are shown to be stable despite gradually falling amplitudes. The same is true for the operation of the chronograph. The timepiece runs at an average rate of +2.4 seconds per day with amplitudes around 265 degrees. It provides chronometer-level quality in every situation, a long-standing Breitling standard for all of its timepieces.
But the Replica Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Green shows the instrumental nature Breitling is known for – more than merely chronometer performance. The center-mounted stopwatch hand has a red tip that travels around a delicate but fully legible tachymeter track, which is expertly printed on the black flange ring around the dial, and glides above the seconds track that is divided in thirds to reflect the 4-Hz rhythm of the Caliber 01 automatic movement. The precision and accuracy Breitling is known for is beautifully staged beneath a domed anti-glare sapphire crystal that reveals a certain retro charm. It is a nod to the past, just like the Premier logo on the dial: Premier models in the 1940s were the first Breitling watches to bear the product name on the dial. Its understated elegance extends even as far as the minimal application of luminous material on the hour and minutes hands – enough to barely read the time in poor lighting conditions. By contrast, legibility during the day is excellent. The watch’s sporty stainless-steel case boasts both polished and brushed-finish surfaces and is pressure-resistant and water-resistant to 10 bar (100 meters). Its 42.5-mm diameter meets current tastes – while it’s not nearly as large as other Breitling watches, it’s definitely not small. Its 13.81-mm height is not readily apparent thanks to carefully considered architecture that ensures that the watch doesn’t look overpowering. A narrow, stepped bezel and angular threaded caseback with a sapphire viewing window overlap a smaller midsection with engraved grooves along its body. The crown does not screw down and is easy to grasp and turn for manual winding, and can be pulled out smoothly and firmly into the individual operating positions. The modern-looking, elongated square pusher at 2 o’clock requires some pressure to start the chronograph function. It’s much easier to stop and reset using a similar pusher at 4 o’clock. The lugs are steep and angular; polished top surfaces add to the overall elegance of the Premier B01 Chronograph 42. It also fits well and snugly on a smaller wrist as the lugs bend downward. The leather strap is fastened to the lugs with curved spring bars. But for a larger wrist, the strap almost feels a bit too short – especially if you need to insert the prong into the last hole to fasten it. Otherwise, the solution is comfortable with side buttons to open the elegantly simple, single-sided folding clasp.

Richard Mille RM 38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson

Richard Mille and professional golfer Bubba Watson have had a continuous brand partnership dating back to 2011.

The new RM 38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson is the third tourbillon developed from the collaboration and the fourth timepiece created during the decade-plus that Watson has been a Richard Mille brand ambassador.

Inspired by Watson’s “lucky charm” color pink, the asymmetrical tonneau case is made from a high-tech layering of Quartz pink TPT, white Quartz TPT, and Carbon TPT.

Like the original from 2011, this timepiece is designed to be worn while hitting a golf ball, and considering there’s a tourbillon, the potential shock was a huge problem, and the RM 38-02 can withstand an impressive level of 10,000 g’s, according to Richard Mille.
The RM 38- 02 movement is built around a baseplate in Carbon TPT, which comprises many layers of parallel carbon filaments. The baseplate supports grade 5 titanium bridges. The color pink is a nod to Bubba’s iconic Ping driver and brings subtle touches of pink inside the movement, including on the micro-perforated bridge located on the back, echoing the pattern of Watson’s driver.

The design of the asymmetrical case, which has already been used on previous models, is tapered in a way that reportedly cancels out “friction with the torque-limiting crown on the wrist.”

“I have been pushing Richard for a pink watch for ten years and here it is!” said Bubba Watson on seeing the RM 38-02 Tourbillon for the first time. The RM 38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson is a numbered limited edition of 50 pieces.

Patek Philippe Just Announced The 5270T-010

You never know what you’re going to see during auction season. A few moments ago, the team at Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, presented to me a very special one-of-a-kind example of the Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270 that will be auctioned off on November 7, 2022, at the biannual Children Action Gala.

The watch in question is a unique piece of Patek’s current flagship perpetual calendar chronograph, cased in titanium (!), with an emerald green sunburst dial (!!). The watch will be on display over the next few days during the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction XV preview at Hotel La Reserve on the outskirts of Geneva.
If you’re wondering what makes this watch so special, it really boils down to the choice of case metal. Patek Philippe makes very few wristwatches out of lightweight titanium, and the few times they’ve done so over the years have typically been for charity auctions, such as Only Watch. There was a Sky Moon Tourbillon in titanium that sold at Sotheby’s in 2014, and you might remember that titanium versions of the 5004 and the 5208T-010 each achieved massive prices at Only Watch in 2013 and 2017, respectively. A Patek Calatrava Travel Time 5524 in titanium was also sold to benefit Children Action. But this is the very first time a 5270 will be cased in titanium.

Add in the use of a first-of-its-kind green dial and the fact that it will be auctioned off at Children Action, and you have the kind of watch that should generate serious attention (and a serious sum of money) when it goes to auction.

In 1994, Swiss entrepreneur Bernard Sabrier established Children Action, a charity that’s dedicated to making a difference in the lives of impoverished children around the world. Every two years, the charity hosts a gala that auctions off a small selection of goods to support the charity’s various causes. The gala sometimes contains auctions, and sometimes it doesn’t. (You might recall a few days ago when I broke down the Geneva Watch Auction XV catalog, Phillips will be auctioning off a unique F.P. Journe Octa Zodiaque that was sold in 2005 to benefit Children Action.) It’s worth noting here that Phillips will not be hosting the Children Action auction in November; however, the watch will be on display during the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction XV preview, which starts today and runs till May 8. Aurel Bacs, master auctioneer and impresario of the Phillips Watch Department, has been selected by Sabrier and the charity to lead the charity auction.
“There are children in this world who need medical care and education,” Bacs said while presenting the watch to me earlier this afternoon. “There’s nothing more beautiful than when we can all come together and create a certain amount of funds to do good. Mr. [Thierry] Stern has made a watch that I think you and I can only speculate as to what type of records it may or may not smash. It’s wonderful.”
That’s everything we know about the watch’s background, but the good intent behind the project only matters if the watch itself is attractive enough to catch enough collectors’ eyes. I think that, in fact, is where the watch excels.

While it’s hard to top the Tiffany Blue 5711, the brand-new emerald sunburst dial on the 5270T-010 might even be more attention-grabbing thanks to its eye-popping Soleil finish. In the few moments I was able to inspect the piece, it was remarkable how the color transitioned with the light, from a light green tone to a more electric color, and even a saturated look that’s almost turquoise or teal in its coloration.

I’ll note here that the watch has a completely different effect than the olive green of last year’s Nautilus 5711/1A-014 and the darker shade of green used on the platinum 5270 we saw recently at Watches & Wonders Geneva 2022. Other than the case metal, the polished titanium case is identical in shape and architecture to previous editions of the 5270. Finally, although it’s difficult to discern in the images we snapped when we viewed the watch earlier today, there’s a metalized inscription imprinted on the sapphire crystal caseback that reads “Children Action 2022,” although the watch will also be delivered with an interchangeable solid titanium caseback to that can be used instead.

Sometimes a watch is just a watch. But then there are times a watch is able to change lives through charity. This is another of those rare occasions where the proceeds that come from this unique Patek Philippe sale will leave an indelible mark on the lives of young people around the world.

Corum Heritage La Grande Vie Watch

The La Chaux-de-Fonds brand announces the creation of a new collection: La Grande Vie. Beautifully presented, a creative exercise in which, paradoxically, Corum rarely participates: the mastery of the classic and timeless codes of traditional watchmaking. The new collection Corum “La Grande Vie” by Corum is the exception that proves the rule of the brand’s unbridled creativity. “ We wanted to have a collection with an elegant, classic design. It complements, following our customers’ demand, our most daring pieces ”, explains Jérôme Biard, CEO of Corum. La Grande Vie adopts all the Corum codes by considering them in the light of permanent collections and timeless pieces, making them aesthetically accessible to experienced collectors and first-time buyers. To launch the collection, three pieces are already available. They join Corum’s “Heritage” collection. All share a 42 mm titanium case within which lies a beating Swiss Made automatic calibre (SW300), visible through a sapphire crystal case back. Their dials will probably attract the most attention, with a shimmering sunray finish in blue, red and green tones that magnifies each ray of light. From the centre to the flange, this sunray finish gives the piece a radiant look. Baton hour markers are stretched out on the dials, which Corum wanted to be more elongated and thin than average, accentuating the “sunray” effect reflected by Corum La Grande Vie. They come with “Dauphine” hands – a highly “classical” feature of the traditional fine watchmaking that is wonderfully exhibited here by Corum. At noon, the 12:00 hour marker is replaced by a large key – an oversized Corum logo – to leave the brand’s mark. Indeed, in the absence of the name “Corum” on the dial, watch enthusiasts will only know the identity of the brand that created La Grande Vie through this key logo. With an extremely well-considered positioning, La Grande Vie is worthy of taking the torch from Corum’s timeless collections, such as the Chargé d’Affaires. This collection from the 1950s has long attracted watch enthusiasts for its mastery of classic watchmaking codes. Today, La Grande Vie follows its own unique path on the way to a redefined version of traditional watchmaking, also destined to leave its own mark.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

I’ll admit my bias up front: I have a serious soft spot for Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. I don’t think enough people give the company the credit it deserves for the role it played in the late 1980s revival of the mechanical watch industry.

I recently backed up that belief by purchasing an early-2000s Leman Ultra-Slim, from HODINKEE Pre-Owned. Four months later, I’m still absolutely smitten with my new-to-me watch, but I’ll admit that I never expected a Leman to be the first Blancpain to make its way into my collection. I assumed it would be a Fifty Fathoms dive watch, because – like many collectors today – that’s the product I most associate with Blancpain.
Thirty years ago, you would have thought that statement was crazy. A watch collector in 1992 would only know vintage examples of the Fifty Fathoms. It’s true – the Fifty Fathoms has only recently held a permanent place in Blancpain’s catalog since 2007, when it re-emerged after disappearing from production at some point in the 1970s, following its heyday in the ’50s and ’60s.

The design and technical principles of the original 1953 Fifty Fathoms laid the groundwork for the ISO 6425 standard, which now governs whether or not a watch is suitable for professional diving – and yet, the Fifty Fathoms collection laid mostly dormant for decades. Since 2007, however, Blancpain has made up for lost time. The current selection of Fifty Fathoms watches is more diverse and accessible than at any other point in its history.
That’s alright with me. I own more dive watches than I know what to do with, something I’m sure I’m not alone in, and the Fifty Fathoms has always represented an endgame in appreciating the category for me. (In other words, while some collectors go crazy for MilSubs, I’ve generally been the guy jabbering about moisture indicators.)

But it took me a while to realize just how cool the latest addition to the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is. It’s not a precise reissue of some forgotten Bathyscaphe, which is a secondary line within the greater Fifty Fathoms family, and it’s not a collaboration with the HODINKEE team. What it does do, however, is adjust the course that the already smooth-sailing Fifty Fathoms is on to reach even greater heights.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is the younger, slimmer (and debatably hotter) sibling to the original mainstream Fifty Fathoms watch. Named after the deep-diving submersible invented by the Swiss physicist and explorer Auguste Piccard, the original Bathyscaphe dive watch was introduced in 1956 as the civilian complement to the more professional Fifty Fathoms. It came in a smaller size and was targeted toward the recreational diving market. After officially reintroducing the Fifty Fathoms into serial production in 2007, Blancpain continued to build out the collection. Six years later, for the 60th anniversary of the first Fifty Fathoms, in 2013, Blancpain unveiled an entirely new production series within the Fifty Fathoms line – the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. These watches maintained the core conceit of the original Bathyscaphe, with a smaller diameter and more accessible price point, and zero loss in technical proficiency or professional specification.

Using the Bathyscaphe’s now-signature 43mm × 13.45mm case profile, Blancpain has once again retrofitted the dive watch by introducing a grade 23 titanium case and topping it off with a sleek grey dial featuring some serious vertical brushing.

It’s not just the dial that’s grey. The whole watch has been rendered in a monochromatic greyscale, except for the use of off-white Super-LumiNova (it’s a lighter shade than what I’d typically characterize as faux-patina) on the hands and hour markers and the red tip of the seconds hand. The case has a slightly darker grey tone compared to the anthracite shade on the dial, featuring a completely matte decoration. The self-winding caliber 1315 inside has the same soft satin sheen, with a soleil finish on the bridges, plus the gunmetal-tone solid-gold rotor. Over on the dial side, even the date aperture is completed by a grey background! Grey is great – but let’s revisit that case metal. The choice of titanium is a fun one for Blancpain fans. It could be considered a bit of an inside-baseball nod to the first year of production for the current-gen Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe , when a 43mm ceramicized (AKA, ceramic-coated) titanium edition, the ref. 5000-12C30-NABA, debuted alongside the original 38mm and 43mm stainless steel models. Although it was included as part of the Bathyscaphe’s initial 21st-century revival, it was only produced for a short period and very few ended up in the hands of collectors. As a result, it’s become one of the most sought-after and collectible Blancpain watches of the 21st century.

Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman World Championship

In partnership with the world-famous IRONMAN Triathlon, Breitling introduce the Endurance Pro, now including the exclusive Breitling Endurance Pro IRONMAN.

Read on to explore how Breitling unite high precision, innovative materials and the vibrant spirit of the IRONMAN Triathlon to create the ultimate athleisure timepiece.
The Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26-mile run. The Ironman is considered as one of the most challenging one-day sporting events in the world. Breitling’s Triathlon Squad have built an impressive record in IRONMAN events around the world.
German triathlete, Jan Frodeno is not only a 2008 Olympic gold medallist, but also a three-time IRONMAN World Champion and a two-time IRONMAN World Champion. In 2019, Frodeno recorded a best overall course time at the IRONMAN World Championship, winning in 7:51:13. Daniela Ryf, a native of Breitling’s home country of Switzerland, is a five-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and four-time IRONMAN World Champion. The third squad member is Chris “Macca” McCormack from Australia, who has claimed two IRONMAN World Championship titles – in 2007 and again in 2010. He also won the 2012 ITU Long Distance World Championships.
Breitling and IRONMAN have come together in partnership to co-design the Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman watches, creating a series of watches which represent the pinnacle of athleisure. The Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman collection is made up of a set of perfectly lightweight and vibrant luxury sports watches which combine the best of innovation and precision with fun, colourful design. The launch features two new watches: a red version, built for sports and timekeeping enthusiasts, and a black and gold piece exclusive for IRONMAN race finishers.
The new Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman collection is built with sport and athleisure at its heart. The 44mm watch case is created using Breitlight, a material 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, but significantly harder. This pioneering material also features an impressive resistance to scratches, traction and corrosion. Its hypoallergenic and antimagnetic properties along with its thermal stability contribute to making this watch more comfortable for the wearer in comparison with traditional metals.
The IRONMAN is powered by the Breitling Caliber 82, a COSC-certified thermocompensated SuperQuartz movement that is ten times more precise than regular quartz and offers a battery life of approximately three to four years. The bidirectional rotating bezel has engraved compass points, and the tactile moulded crown provides excellent grip and allows you to wind at ease. The hour and minute hands are coated with SuperLumiNova, making them legible even in limited lighting conditions. Along with a small-second sub-dial, there are 1/10th second and 30-minute chronograph counters that have also been designed for easy reading.