The Bathyscaphe, a flagship model of Blancpain Fifty Fathoms diving watch collection, now comes equipped with an annual calendar complication for the first time since its launch in 1956.
When it launched in 1953, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms was the world’s first modern diving watch fulfilling the needs of professional divers in underwater conditions. Its set of features and signature design have defined the dive watch genre for the entire industry ever since. The Bathyscaphe first joined the Fifty Fathoms collection in 1956 as a civilian version whose size would be adapted to daily wear. That formula continues today with Blancpain’s modern Bathyscaphe models offering a robust movement, and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a ceramic insert.
Presented at Baselworld 2018, the Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel (Annual Calendar) brings new functionality to the sport collection, thus enhancing its use as a daily wear timepiece. This is the first time that a Bathyscaphe model features indications for the day of the week, date, and month shown in windows and arranged in the logical order that most people would use in common parlance.
Powering the Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel is a new caliber, the 6054.P, based upon Blancpain’s in-house twin-barrel 1150 movement, which has been modified with extended bridges creating a wider opening on the caliber.
The black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel of the new Bathyscaphe with its Liquidmetal® markings dramatically accents the meteor gray dial. The 43mm satin-finished steel case can be ftted with a sail-canvas or NATO strap, as well as a metal bracelet.i