Category: Blancpain Watches
- Blancpain Super Trofeo Chronograph – The high-powered alliance between two legends
Blancpain and Lamborghini have joined forces in creating an exceptional automobile championship. Played out over six events per year, the Super Trofeo stars a field of the newest Lamborghini Gallardos. To celebrate these superlative races, the Manufacture in Le Brassus is presenting a Super Trofeo flyback chronograph, a resolutely sporting watch with a production run limited to 300.
Encounters between two myths are bound to engender exceptional events. The alliance between the world’s oldest watch brand and one of the most iconic car manufacturers has resulted in the creation of an exceptional automobile championship. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is not only the fi rst Lamborghini racing series, but also to become – right from the start of the first race in May – the world’s fastest and most demanding single-make championship. Gleaming Lamborghini Gallard LP560-4 cars – the latest version of this legendary model – are to face off on six equally fabled race tracks during the year 2009. Each of these speed machines bears the colours of the watch manufacturer, while the car driven by Blancpain’s President and CEO, Marc A. Hayek, is entirely dedicated to the brand.
For Marc A. Hayek and Stephan Winkelmann, respectively at the head of Blancpain and Lamborghini, this partnership in a joint championship enables them to fulfil the dreams of many devotees of exceptional mechanical engineering. When Lamborghini decided to join the race to push the boundaries of speed, its decision to work with Blancpain – a watch brand renowned for its pioneering sprit and mechanical expertise – was a natural choice for this high-octane union.
The first single-make racing series in Lamborghini’s history, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo 2009 features six European events scheduled from May through October, at Adria (Italy), Norisring (Germany), Spa Francorchamps (Belgium), Silverstone (United Kingdom), as well Catalunya (Spain) and Paul Ricard (France).
Boasting exceptional performances fuelled by 570 HP and 540 N/m torque enabling it to reach top speeds of over 300 km/h, the latest racing version of the Gallardo line from Lamborghini is a truly exceptional car. Its mettlesome character and its taut, sophisticated lines have inspired the Blancpain designers and master-watchmakers in creating the latest gem from the Manufacture in Le Brassus: the Super Trofeo Chronograph endowed with a flyback function. Like the powerful engine of the Gallardo, this new Blancpain chronograph displays state-of-the-art design and all the attributes of cutting-edge technology.
The case specifi cally designed for this prestigious line is inspired by the sleek profi le of the Lamborghini Gallardo. Crafted in steel coated with a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) treatment – blacker than ruthenium and more resistant than PVD – the 43.5 mm-diameter case that is waterresistant to 100 metres features alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces. Highly sought after for its hardness and its anti-allergenic nature, as well as its intense colour, DLC treatment combines the properties of diamantine carbon (hardness, insulation, chemical resistance) with those of graphite (black colour, elasticity). Based on state-of-the-art technologies, DLC is a treatment applied in thin layers (sometimes less than 2 μm) by a “ vacuum deposit ” process. Moreover, DLC boasts an extremely low friction coefficient and remarkable chemical inertia, two qualities that ensure excellent resistance to wear, corrosion and friction, as well as a flexible kind of hardness.
Black is black
At this heart of this new sophisticated and performance-oriented case, the Blancpain Super Trofeo Chronograph, lies its throbbing “ engine ”, Calibre F185. To reinforce its dynamic nature, the movement of the Blancpain Super Trofeo has been coated by NAC – a state-of-theart electroplating treatment that blackens the movement bridges and main plate. The mechanical self-winding Calibre F185 is endowed with a 40-hour power reserve and comprises 308 parts. This movement powers a range of functions including hour, minute, small seconds and date display at 6 o’clock, as well as the chronograph indications with a central sweep seconds hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock. For instant-measurement enthusiasts, the Calibre F185 also drives a “ flyback ” function. The unmistakable black dial is distinguished by two red and white 9 and 12 o’clock numerals stylised to evoke the numbers painted on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 racing cars. Another exclusive feature of this exceptional model is its gold oscillating weight engraved with the inscription “ Super Trofeo 2009 ”.
A sports model through and through, the Blancpain Super Trofeo Chronograph is teamed with a strap in alcantara – like the seats in the Lamborghini Gallardo – secured by a steel folding clasp. Available in a limited edition of 300 with its individual number engraved on the case-back – the Blancpain Super Trofeo Chronograph comes in a presentation box inspired by the taut, opulent lines of the ultra-dynamic Gallardo.
The latest addition to the blancpain l-evolution flyback chronograph collection features a flyback split-seconds chronograph mechanism and a large date. This watch, combining carbone fibre and cutting-edge technology, reflects Blancpain’s strong commitment in GT racing.
Having decided to adopt such an extreme attitude, Blancpain naturally chose carbon fibre in creating this timepiece. Its lightness and sturdiness, combined with its aesthetic appeal, provide a wealth of development options. This high-tech material was used to create certain watch components: the carbon fibre bezel, caseback and dial represent significant technical feats, reflecting Blancpain’s characteristic innovative strength. To accentuate this sporting personality, the large date display features a digital font; red accents punctuate the black background; the 8 o’clock pusher echoes the shape of a fuel-cap; and the 9 o’clock counter that of an insignia.
At the heart of this new model beats Calibre 69F9 with its 409 parts including 44 jewels, ensuring a 40-hour power reserve. It is equipped with a column wheel that guarantees precise pusher control, as well as a vertical coupling-clutch that avoids any unwanted jerking of the hand when the chronograph is activated. This movement combines a flyback split-second chronograph mechanism with a large twin-aperture date display. The split-second chronograph function is a major horological complication that enables readings of “split” or intermediate times thanks to a so-called split-second (rattrapante or “catch-up” in French) hand that is superimposed on the chronograph sweep seconds hand. When the split-second function is activated via the pusher at 8 o’clock, the hand stops to enable reading of a split time, while the sweep seconds hand continues running. A second press on the pusher enables the split-second hand to “catch up with” the sweep seconds hand. The flyback function, enabling reset and instant restart of the chronograph, is activated by pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock.
The sapphire crystal reveals fascinating glimpses of this movement with its unique decoration. Numerous stages were involved in achieving this result. The parts have been coated with a beadblasted two-tone material (5N red gold-plated or rhodiumed depending on the finish); while the straight graining on the NAC bridges features the anthracite appearance characteristic of this treatment.
The overstitched strap in black alcantara features carbon inserts reminiscent of the latest breakthrough developments in the field of racing cars, while the carbon folding clasp adds an ultimate touch of refined detailing. blancpain l-evolution flyback chronograph
Blancpain stunned the world when it presented the world’s thinnest self-winding chronograph and the smallest minute repeater of its time, when it re-launched in 1987 under the leadership of JC Biver.
n 1991, Blancpain presented the most complicated wristwatch in the world at the time: the 1735 Grande Complication. This exceptional timepiece featured a one-minute tourbillon, a perpetual calendar with moon phase, a co-axial split seconds chronograph and a minute repeater. Only 30 pieces wre made between 1991 and 2009.
Capitalizing on the brand’s rich heritage and the technical mastery, in 2006 Blancpain launched a special timepiece with just the perpetual calendar as a complication.
It is this extremely rare Blancpain Le Brassus Quantième Perpétuel GMT Reference 4277-3446-55bda limited to 150 pieces only.
There are a few watches that bridge the gap between vintage and modern. Old school aesthetic, with modern reliability. This magnificent timepiece does just that.
It is crafted in a 42mm platinum case which is fairly slim at just 13.3mm in thickness, with a doubled-stepped bezel. It offers a 100m water resistance, which is quite impressive for a perpetual calendar.
What stands out at first instance is the beautiful Havana dial, which acts as a backdrop for the neatly laid out functions on the dial.
The perpetual calendar is easy to read with the months and leap year indicator within a sub-dial at 12 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock, moonphase indicator at 6 o’clock and the days of the week at 9 o’clock. The GMT / 24HR ring encircles the sub-dials, just under the roman hour markers in white gold, and all functions marked in white, on a rich brown sunburst backdrop. The patented correctors for the functions are hidden under the lugs. All of the hands are crafted in white gold, adding to the richness of this beauty.
Seen through the case-back is the F. Piguet / Manufacture Blancpain calibre featuring 2 mainsprings offering a 100hr power reserve and a hand-engraved winding mass. The finish on the movement is impeccable with mirrored anglage on every edge.
Offered on a brown alligator leather strap which is soft, yet sturdy to hold the watch firmly on the wrist while offering great wearer comfort. It comes with a platinum deployant clasp.
Blancpain was founded in 1735, in Villeret by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, and is considered to be the oldest watch brand in the world.
The brand was continuously in operation and within the Blancpain family for almost 200 years, until in 1932 when the 7th generation heir Frédéric-Emile Blancpain passed away and the business was bought by two of his closest staff members, who continued the operations through both World Wars.
The legendary ‘Fifty Fathoms’ was launched in 1953, making it the world’s first modern diving watch with three patents including the innovative double sealed crown system, the caseback seal system and the unidirectional bezel with a blocking mechanism which would prevent accidental rotation of the bezel.
In terms of aesthetics, Fifty Fathoms is one of the most iconic timepieces today.
In 1961 Blancpain merged into the largest Swiss watch group of the time, the Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère (SSIH), joining Omega, Tissot and Lemania, and was producing over 220,000 watches annually by 1971.
The brand was put into hibernation during the quartz crisis and in 1983, it was bought by the legendary Jean-Claude Biver.
In the late 80’s, it made a solid comeback by launching back-to-back complications include a triple calendar with moon phases, a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater, a split-seconds chronograph and a tourbillon.
The resurrection was so strong that the SSIH (now Swatch Group) bought back the brand and has had it under its portfolio ever since.
You know us at Monochrome-Watches, we love complicated watches and Haute-Horlogerie. We love exotic displays, we crave for independent watchmakers and their audacious creations, we could barely cry in front of a grande complication. With the watch we’re going to test today, we found something that can easily fulfill our needs: a one-minute carrousel (a sort of tourbillon) and a minute repeater together with a superbly finished skeletonized dial and an automatic winding. Here is the Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater Le Brassus, one of the most complicated timepieces of the manufacture.Forget about the massive 45mm x 15.3mm case. We’re not talking about a daily beater like a Rolex Datejust here. We’re into passion and demonstration of advanced watchmaking skills. Wearability and legibility are not the important facts here. We’re not requesting such a watch to be practical. It’s heavy and massive. Whatever, it is not made to be hidden under a cuff. And the size is not a result of a showy design, but comes from the movement itself and the need of space for the chimes. The hands do not clearly pop out. Yes, true, but who cares. You’re not going to dive with it and need it to have contrasting super-luminova. What we have here is pure dream and pleasure.Visually, the Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater is indeed not the smallest or the most discreet watch we’ve experienced before. The case is large and heavy but still wearable. It is made of 18k red gold. However, the alloy used by Blancpain remains (hopefully) quite soft in its colour. It comes with a 2-step bezel, a classical design, typically Blancpain (a similar design can be found on the Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre). The lugs are short and curved enough to balance the watch on the wrist. The dial is partially opened in the middle and comes with a white enamel chapter ring, with applied gold indexes for the hours. This central aperture offers a superb view on the mechanical elements: all the levers and gears that actuates the minute repeater and the hands are visible.All the elements are finished by hand with straight or concentric graining, beveled angles or mirror polishing. The main plate, made of the same metal than the case, comes with a fine perlage. Alongside the finish, 3 elements are especially noticeable. First, the gears with their specific design (close to a car’s wheel), a typical Blancpain feature that is also part of the Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback. Then, the multiple levers on the top of the dial. You can see them moving when actuating the minute repeater and feel the mechanic working. Finally, the carrousel that is located at 6, always very pleasant to look at.From the sapphire caseback of the Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater we can also see some very interesting features. The visual aspect is quite special and unique, with these deep engravings (no Geneva Stripes or graining here) and the bridges and rotor made in red gold. Then come the finishings, with the same level of details than the dial: hand chamfered bridges or polished screw heads and slots. The movement is built around two main components: a special tourbillon and a minute repeater.
The minute repeater is using two hammers (visible on the back side, made of steel and engraved as the rest of the movement) and 2 cathedral chimes, longer than normal chimes, to produce a clearer and louder sound. In a normal minute repeater, the gongs cover around 1.5 times the perimeter of the movement. When they exceed that length, they are called “cathedral gongs” and create two sets of chimes. It means that the work of the watchmaker, in order to adjust them to the desired tone, is way more difficult.The regulating organ is what Blancpain likes to call a “one-minute flying carrousel.” Like the tourbillon, the carrousel counteracts and neutralises the effects of gravity, as it rotates on itself in one minute. With a tourbillon, the carriage is linked to the barrel via a single gear train. The carrousel is connected to the barrel by two gear trains: the first delivers the energy required for the operation of the escapement, while the second controls the carriage rotation speed. Thus, it requires more components. The movement is composed of 444 parts and boasts 65 hours of power reserve. Last feature: the movement is secured as the gongs cannot be activated when the crown is pulled.The Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater is part of these extremely complicated and expensive collections that we can find in several catalogs. It may be seen as marketing, in order to promote the most classical and profitable collections, such as the sports watches or usual dress timepieces, by demonstrating the knowledge of a manufacture. In a sense, it is true, but every industry linked to luxury goods is doing the same (concept cars from BMW certainly help to sell the 30k 3-series). Putting aside these material considerations, we won’t blame a brand such as Blancpain for doing this type of watches. It may be priced north to 300,000 Eur and limited to 30 pieces, it’s an object of pleasure and passion. And we love it. Blancpain Le Brassus Watches
After the success of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Limited Edition for HODINKEE, we knew it wouldn’t be the last time that we strapped on a tank with Blancpain. As a nod to their rich history with the U.S. Navy, the new Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC Limited Edition for HODINKEE offers our take on a classic military-derived design.
Limited to just 250 units, the Fifty Fathoms for HODINKEE has a brushed steel case that measures 40.3mm wide and offers 300 meters of water resistance, a sapphire bezel with luminous scale, and a matte black dial with Blancpain’s period-correct and oh-so-adventurous functioning moisture indicator.While similar in style to Blancpain’s 2017 Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC (which was limited to 500 pieces), Fifty Fathoms devotees will note not only the brushed case finish, but also the lack of both a date display and of the brand signature commonly seen engraved into the nine o’clock case flank. Replete with drilled lugs, the Fifty Fathoms for HODINKEE presents a minimal, true-to-form expression of Blancpain’s endearing early dive watch.
The design is elemental and makes no concessions for anything beyond raw function and absolute legibility. With a shape and ethos entirely informed by the leading modern dive watch, the Fifty Fathoms was born after World War II as the then-novel world of SCUBA diving was becoming more and more accepted by both hobbyists and professionals alike.After running out of air while diving and being forced to make an emergency ascent, Blancpain’s then CEO Jean-Jacques Fiechter set about to design a watch that could help track how long a diver had been breathing from their SCUBA system. In defining the qualities of his ideal dive timer, Fiechter inadvertently helped to shape the future of sport watches, and the Fifty Fathoms became the inspiration for the modern dive watch design as it looks today.After being accepted by the French Navy as a reliable and well-designed tool for diving immediately after its release, the Fifty Fathoms was a large watch with luminous markings, a rotating bezel with an elapsed time scale, a hacking movement to aid in synchronizing time with others in a dive team, and a soft-iron inner case to protect the movement from magnetization.
While offered as a commercial product available to any daring diver, the MIL-SPEC Fifty Fathoms would soon prove itself as a combat-ready tool for the U.S. Navy, and it is here where we find not only a hugely collectible and very special chapter in the lineage of the dive watch, but also the inspiration for the new Fifty Fathoms for HODINKEE.In 1955, Blancpain had broken into the U.S. market, and the U.S. Navy was looking to develop a specification for its ideal dive watch. Thankfully, the current Fifty Fathoms – which was already in use by several navies – covered the requirements set forth by the U.S. Navy, including the presence of a moisture indicator on the dial. This was an innovation that Blancpain had already developed and implemented for the Fifty Fathoms, and the eventual two-color split indicator has become a defining element in the history of Blancpain’s dive watch design.While in contrast to the Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC’s modern context as a desirable collectible, the original stage for these hard-wearing dive watches was as tools for the U.S. Navy. As watches were often supplied to Navy divers on a per-mission basis, service history and field use were often unknown, so the presence of a moisture indicator, which changes from blue/red to full red when exposed to water, helped provide a fast visual reference of the watch’s suitability for use underwater.
In 1958, Blancpain was selected for additional testing of the Fifty Fathoms dive watches for the U.S. Navy, and the moisture indicator feature had proven so useful in the field that other outfits followed suit, including the French Navy and Jacques Yves Cousteau and his team of divers (and can be seen in use by the famed French oceanographers in their film The Silent World, which was in production from 1954-1955).With additional testing in 1959, the Blancpain option again stood out from any other contender, and the Navy came away with praise for the Fifty Fathoms’ reliable water resistance and its functional and entirely effective dive-time bezel, which was unique among those tested as the bezel automatically locked in place, requiring the user press down on the bezel before it could be turned. True to form, the Navy was also impressed by the simple but robust single-piece nylon strap, which is an earlier iteration of the NATO-style strap included with the modern Blancpain Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC .
As the testing was completed, the Fifty Fathoms stood out by offering the most refined and innovative expression of the Navy’s needs for a dive watch. Furthermore, the Fifty Fathoms out-performed the competition, and the results stated that Blancpain’s ground-breaking diver was the only applicant to remain watertight for the complete battery of tests.
For a modern iteration of a mid-century military-derived tool dive watch, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms for HODINKEE captures the spirit and functional prowess of the original design while ensuring all that we’ve come to expect from a modern high-end sport watch.
Fitted to a black nylon NATO-style strap, the Fifty Fathoms for HODINKEE is casual, comfortable, and certainly not lacking in toolish military charm. Befitting a watch in tribute to such a technical achievement, the Fifty Fathoms for HODINKEE features a cutting edge automatic movement, the Blancpain 1154. With a silicon balance spring and four days of power reserve, this specific iteration of the caliber 1150 offers a no-date execution and a lovely view via the fitted sapphire display caseback.
With only 250 being made, 200 pieces will be sold via the HODINKEE Shop and 50 will be sold at select Blancpain boutiques. Priced at $14,400, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms for HODINKEE is the historically-minded Fifty Fathoms we’ve always wanted to create. No date, no extra flourish, just a beautiful and detailed recreation inspired by a legacy that helped give birth to the dive watch as we know it today.
“Go deep into time and extend time with literature”. In 2020, the Blancpain Utopia literature award will grow into a third ring. When the results of the third literary award were announced, Blancpain Villeret Replica “gentleman’s blue” full calendar moon phase and literature award limited edition wristwatch paid tribute to Literature and youth. This limited edition combines many signature elements of Blancpain’s classic V series, adopts the most popular flagship watch of V series – full calendar lunar calendar watch, matches the color of “Blancpain ambassador” – gentleman blue, and carves the pattern of holding feather pen on the precious metal pendulum with gold carving technology. Blancpain V series “gentleman blue” full calendar lunar phase and literature award limited edition wristwatches are of great commemorative significance. The limited sales of 50 watches in the world are limited, each with its own serial number, which is full of irresistible dignity.
Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet Replica Watch Blancpain Villeret Moonphase 6654 3640 55B
In the third year, the Blancpain Villeret Utopia literature award has gradually become the most vital and inclusive award in the world of Chinese writing, and it is also an important platform to connect readers and authors. It affirms and praises the creative perseverance and talent of young writers under the age of 45. It also hopes to provide a valuable list of creators for contemporary readers who care about Chinese literature every year, and leave a chronicle of the literary situation when looking back in the future. The Pope Utopia literature award is willing to convey a simple and meaningful message to the public, “reading makes time more valuable”.
For Blancpain, the creator of the classic chronometer, tabulation, like writing, stems from constant love. In 285 years, through the changes of time and various choices in history, Blancpain has always regarded watch making as a favorite, adhering to the noble tradition of only making mechanical watches, turning it into a belief. This kind of love is the same as the writers’ insistence on literature and the pursuit of creating classic works, which is our common starting point. Blancpain, with the identity mark of manufacture de haute Horlogerie on the logo, is a real high-level watch making brand. Blancpain was founded in 1735, marking the birth of the world’s first watch brand. Starting from the legendary town of Villeret, Switzerland, for hundreds of years, Blancpain only made mechanical watches, insisting on self-made watches, and never produced second-class watches. Adhering to the brand DNA of “innovation is tradition”, this is Blancpain, the creator of classic timepieces.
Blancpain V series “gentleman blue” full calendar lunar phase · literature award limited edition, using the classic V series named after the birthplace of Blancpain 285 years ago in Villeret, Switzerland, with the “real master of moon” Blancpain to lead the Swiss watch making industry out of the representative full calendar moon phase function of quartz storm, and use the “Blancpain” color in the “Blancpain” color Ambassador — V series unique noble quiet “gentleman blue” decorative dial.
In addition to paying homage to literature with classic elements, this limited edition also uses the gold carving technology that Blancpain is proud of. It is decorated with exquisite patterns specially designed for literary awards on the penduos, which are hand-held quill pens and are dipped in ink. Through the sapphire glass back through, we can see the gorgeous movement pattern which is finished by the Blancpain gold carving masters by hand. After the classic design, there is a low-key and deep brilliance, which means that the inspiration is surging and the writing is brilliant.
Blancpain V series “gentleman blue” full calendar lunar phase · literature award limited edition wristwatches, on October 28, the third literature award ceremony, the world limited to 50 wristwatches. Blancpain is willing to convey Blancpain’s literary attitude – “marching in depth to time, using literature as the extension line of time”, to pay homage to the literary spirit with such a work with great commemorative significance.
What color is the sea? I said: in the ocean of Blancpain, we see aurora green. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Replica
More than a decade ago, Marc A. Hayek, the global president of Blancpain, first saw the modern redesigned 50 gauge wristwatch when he published it again. Although Blancpain’s 50th watch was already available as early as the 1950s, it was also used by the French navy. It was one of the models of diving watch design, but it was still low-key in the market at that time. Marc A. Hayek almost tried his best to upgrade the brand image of Blancpain, which was deeply rooted in everyone’s mind and closer to the classical tradition, and explored the historical roots of Blancpain. Through innovative design and exquisite technology, it showed another side of Blancpain. Almost every high-end wristwatch brand has an elegant traditional design. At the same time, it will also have a sports classic style. At that time, Blancpain needed more efforts.
Marc A. Hayek has a great taste in watches. The first redesigned 50 gauge watch promoted by Hayek fully understands what the so-called “luxury” is: first, it retains the wide and thick rotating circle of the original 50 gauge watch, and the extremely simple time mark design. The most important key to make the 50KU watch stand out in the contemporary era is: the production of the case and the rotating watch The circle pays attention to craft. The rotatable watch ring, which is often treated with coating or hardness, is the most important functional design on diving watches, and it is also the key factor of the overall appearance integrity. However, it is only in the last decade that there have been changes in the design of ceramic rings and liquid metal watches. Back 20 years, Marc a Hayek decided to cover the whole rotating watch with sapphire mirror when redesigning the watch. This not only increased the difficulty of the production process, but also greatly improved the overall texture and visual effect of the watch. In the era when the diving watch was just a sports type rather than a high-end watch, it was not only an innovation, but also pushed the design of diving watch to another level A realm.
From the beginning of its birth, the conventional 50 gauge wristwatch has been doomed to its aristocratic status and status. From the meticulous density of details and technology to the use of materials, a new chapter of titanium metal chain belt style has been opened recently. From market positioning, price setting to classic creation of overall watch design, all of them have achieved market success. In the changes of the series, from the reprint of historical watches to the launch of bathyscaphe models, the series gradually penetrated into the younger people, and thus the series became one of the indispensable classic styles of modern sports watches.
The design of deep submersibles is more rough and uninhibited, probably because its design inspiration is from Blancpain’s 50s watch in the 1970s. Its more simple lines and simple face plate design are more suitable for daily wear than the delicate attention of the conventional 50 gauge wristwatch, and the pricing also makes it easier to start with the 50 gauge series. Even the 38mm bathyscaphe is more suitable for a wide range of people, even for men and women. The new model in 2020 is the titanium metal chain belt style in the conventional 50 series which pays attention to high-end and meticulous degree; while the deep submersibles launch the desert color weekly calendar style, with a simple and fresh design on the face plate, and the multi tooth square dividing time mark makes the dial more colorful and vivid. With the launch of the surface model of deep submersibles, the 50 series models will be more complete and diversified.
From the original ocean exploration project to coelacanth exploration research project, to the world ocean project and world ocean day and other sponsorship activities, Blancpain is using a more in-depth way to make 50% no longer low-key in the historical heritage, not only further evolving in the design and technology of the watch, but also focusing on the conservation of the world’s marine ecology while establishing the classic of the watch Make.
In 2008, Blancpain once invited editor Dietmar W. Fuchs to make a special issue for the 50th edition, and invited many well-known underwater photographers to gather their best works to present the colorful underwater world. Since 2008, the magazine has been published once a year, and the length of each magazine is exactly one square. After 12 years, Blancpain launched “Fifty special issue” again in 2020, which has collected 50 pieces of underwater photographers’ most wonderful underwater photography works with different styles in these 12 years. The color and scenery are amazing. This will also be the final work of “Fifty special issue”, which is close to the end Precious.
I’ve seen half of the photos in the special issue in advance, and I’m surprised that the colors of the underwater world are so diverse. One of the pictures of moonlit jellyfish dancing under the aurora starry sky is even more incredible. Is there Aurora under the sea? It is said that the green ocean world can be seen in the ocean waters from the Arctic to the tropics. This is because there are a large number of phytoplankton and seaweed on the sea floor, which reflects the aurora green. Only in the sea areas suitable for the reproduction of aquatic organisms can such Aurora green be seen.
This is also the source of inspiration for the most important 50 m deep submersible’s new aurora green return time meter in 2020. Based on the phenomena captured by underwater photography, Blancpain also takes great pains to reflect this vivid Aurora green on the dial. It seems that the dial of the aurora green flying back time meter of the 50 m deep submergence vehicle is not simply green. It seems that there will be different changes of blue-green, cyan, brilliant green and normal green from different angles. This is also very similar to the continuous illusion of Aurora in the sky. The dial has to go through dozens of processes such as coloring, polishing and so on, trying to present the not “simple” Aurora green in a complex and rich way. Satin like polishing effect, from different positions, it seems that there is always a gradual magic effect.
Some watch friends may know that Blancpain’s most famous ultra-thin code watch movement 1185 is the most famous and widely used modified code watch movement by other high-end brands since it came out in 1989. At first, I saw that the overall configuration of the 50 m deep submersible flight back time meter is very close to that of the three Hertz f185 code meter based on 1185, and even the date window is in the same position. However, the aurora green flight back time meter of the 50s deep submersibles is the same as the previous black style. It is equipped with F385 flight return code meter movement newly developed by BOPP. The diameter and thickness of the meter are larger (13 nm diameter, 6.65mm thickness), and the vibration frequency of the movement is 5 Hz (36000 times per hour), which is higher than that of f185 movement. F385 is also a guide wheel and vertical coupling structure. The free retraction and release structure of silicon hairspring used by its cycloid wheel is the biggest separation from f185 code meter. It is also one of the reasons for the improvement of vibration frequency, power storage for 50 hours, and better magnetic resistance and accuracy. This also makes the return time meter of deep submersibles become one of the few excellent high vibration frequency code meters in the market.
People see different values and views of history on different brands of diving watches. On the 50 meter Aurora green return time meter, I can see that a once dusty history has been excavated and interpreted in a new language, which has become a modern new classic. Through Blancpain’s sponsorship and support for the marine conservation program, the ocean is no longer just blue to us. It can be color, the original color of marine life, or aurora green, a hue that can only be seen when there are abundant aquatic plants growing in healthy sea areas. Only if we continue to pay attention to the ocean and continue to carry out professional understanding and protection, can the undersea world continue Only in its colorful world can it have the shining hope of Aurora glowing.