Some major watch brands seem to really think highly of ceramic as a case material and Watch blancpain endurance series Replica is among them. Previously a closely guarded field of expertise of Rado and Chanel, ceramic technology and production techniques have only recently evolved to a point where more brands are entertaining the idea of a ZrO2 case, since a lot more control of things like colors and hardness is becoming possible. The new-for-2016 Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II watch case is all in blue ceramic – something the likes of which we haven’t seen before.
Why we haven’t seen it before? My understanding is that achieving color uniformity and maintaining sufficient hardness at the same time has been the major challenge of adding pigments to ceramic. That’s why we mostly see black and white (and gray) ceramic (like, say, this black ceramic Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe). The problem is that if the mixture does not clean up entirely and evenly after the heat treatment process, it will have discolorations and marks in it that will ruin the look – and the piece itself, since these imperfections cannot be removed.
It is true that we have been seeing more and more colors in ceramic bezels from Rolex, TAG Heuer and a few others, and so it was perhaps only a matter of time before colored ceramic cases came along. And it kind of also suggests a possible future of all kinds of colors for ceramic watch cases – Speedmaster Muave Side of the Moon, anyone? That might be kind of cool.
If the watch has been compromised (as most watches were prone to back then), he needed to rely on alternative means for timekeeping, or abort the dive to prevent decompression sickness (or worse). Additionally, it is probably worth pointing out that such a safeguard is admittedly somewhat absurd on an ultra-modern dive watch that’s already water-resistant to a devastating 300 meters (and costs $14k), but the charm of this Blancpain watches on ebay Replica Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec isn’t its utility, but its commendable commitment to the origin material.Speaking of source material, though the situation size to the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec has been increased from 37mm to 40mm, it is still a merciful reduction from the last time we saw that a Tribute to Fifty Fathoms, which managed to actually wear larger than its sacrilegious 45mm case width. This 40mm instance is actually the sweet spot for Blancpain divers like the Mil-Spec, which finally strikes that fine balance between carrying the highly polished visual burden of being a modern “luxury diver” while still remaining true for Fiechter’s original vision. If that is a harbinger of what’s to come for the next generation of Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms collection, think about us lovers.
Back on point, Blancpain watch quote Replica says they achieve this deep, rich blue of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph by adding the pigment and a bonding agent during the production process, with the bonding agent burning off at a lower heat level before submitting the piece to the high-temperature (sintering) step for hardening. I’m not really sure why this apparently difficult technique succeeds where others had failed – and I suspect truly understanding the chemistry would be a much longer discussion – but Blancpain says it is the product of several years of trials. Anyhow, I believe them that getting it right, with a uniform color across all the parts was a challenge – otherwise, we would have seen it before.
The all-blue ceramic case of the Blancpain watch parts Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II is 43.60mm across by 15.25mm thick, and water-resistant to 300 meters. Lug width is an unconventional 23mm, putting a damper on your strap-changing zeal. We can all agree that ceramic’s non-scratching and non-fading properties are both very positive, but I, for one, am not totally convinced of its suitability as a case material. Something like the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II will probably last for a long time and keep looking good if you aren’t too hard on it – but I have seen a chipped ceramic watch case and bracelet, and it isn’t pretty, so do keep it safe from drops and bangs. Making a sport watch in ceramic, to me, just emphasizes that it is a luxury object made to be worn in day-to-day situations, shown off among rich friends… and that a Seiko or a Casio is what will likely accompany real adventurers who plan on moving large rocks underwater.
Introduced in 2014 (hands-on with that Bathyscaph Flyback Chronograph here), the automatic caliber F385 runs at 5Hz (that’s a “hi-beat” 36,000bph) with a 50-hour power reserve, and features a 12-hour flyback chronograph, small seconds, and the date. The sapphire crystal case-back offers a dang lovely view of the movement and the 18k gold rotor with the Ocean Commitment logo.
Price for each of the 250-piece limited-edition Blancpain watch movements Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment watches will be £14,000 (which is currently around US$17,000). For each piece sold, €1,000 (totaling €250,000 for the full run) will go to supporting scientific expeditions as part of Blancpain’s Ocean Commitment project. blancpain.com
Blancpain continues to be a strong provider of unique and interesting movements in what often feels like a sea of mechanical genericism, even in the luxury watch industry. Look closely and you’ll see in Blancpain bathyscaphe watchuseek Replica watches genuinely innovative attempts that are creating new assortments of existing ideas, as well as some novel ones. Today, I’d like to look at the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch which we first covered here. It comes in 18k white gold, 18k rose gold, as well as in steel – all with various dial styles. It’s updated for 2016 based on a movement that launched in 2011.
At its heart, this watch is about offering a unique layout for two complication sets that you don’t frequently find together. That is a subsidiary GMT hand to indicate a second time zone, as well as an annual calendar complication. The latter is rather elegantly laid out with the calendar information being indicated via three distinct windows on the dial. Underneath is a series of three discs which overlap. What is interesting is that despite the volume of information on the dial (time, second 24-hour time zone, date, day, and month) the face of the Blancpain watches official site Replica Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT is relatively sparse and clean.
Lovers of purely symmetrical dials will likely find the eccentric layout on the Blancpain Quantieme Annuel GMT dial bothersome, and those who like a bit of asymmetry in their watches will appreciate the look as well as the immaculate legibility. This steel version of the Blancpain Quaniteme Annuel GMT is the cleanest looking of the series. The 18k red gold version has a “sunburst grey” dial, while the 18k white gold model has the most intricate-looking dial that is “stamped flinque opaline.”
Shakudo itself isn’t a technique, but more a material. It’s a metal alloy that is mostly copper with roughly 4-10% stone. What’s special about the alloy is that it may be treated to achieve a black patina which in many ways looks like lacquer. Why is this significant? It’s about being able to engrave something with a rich amount of detail in addition to a good deal of visual comparison. Black from the aluminum color offers that amount of comparison but without the special black patina properties of shakudo that black could only be reached with the addition of black colour. The addition of these pigment (using lacquer for example) reduces the capability for an artist to show off fine detail.Thus, shakudo permits for the display and engraving of extremely fine detail in small spaces with an amazing level of contrast. To put it differently, images engraved in shakudo really pop. Even these two Blancpain Villeret Shakudo watches provide unique demonstrations of the technique, meaning that there is variety within this set.
Let me add here that the model you are seeing images of is actually in an 18k white gold case, but it seems as though Blancpain authentic watches Replica will produce it as a steel model and the same 18k white gold case for another dial option. This is a possibility, but it’s hard to confirm, as their website is unclear as to whether or not an 18k white gold model with this clean white dial is available.
As a dress watch, I like the calming effect of the clean dial that is otherwise very functional. The 40mm-wide case is 11.04mm thick, and water resistant to 30 meters. It wears nicely thanks to the comfortable case and looks larger given the thin bezel structure. Distinctive Blancpain Villeret-style Roman numerals and matching leaf-style hands add to the brand’s signature look. In steel and red gold, the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch even comes on a matching bracelet option that I quite like – in addition to the black alligator strap choice.
Manufactured in-house by Blancpain, the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch contains the caliber 6054F automatic movement – whose gold rotor is very nicely decorated. While the movement architecture is decidedly modern in its aesthetics, you still see a lot of haute horology hand-finishing. The movement operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) and has a power reserve of 72 hours (three days).
The movement has some additional interesting elements which merit discussion. These include being produced from 367 parts, using a silicon balance spring (for accuracy) and employing Blancpain’s brilliant “under lug correctors.” Look closely under the lugs and you’ll notice small pushers that you can operating with your fingers. These have a few benefits. First is that the watch does not need to rely on unattractive inset pushers on the side of the case. Second is that you don’t need a special tool in order to adjust the GMT or calendar settings. On most watches with in-set pushers, you need a stylus to operate them – and if you use something metal, you risk scratching the watch. This is just one of the many little ergonomic marvels you see far too rarely in the world of high-end watches.
As you can see, the relative simplicity of this Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch hides some appealing details once you take a closer look. That isn’t the fact with all Blancpain models, but Blancpain is a brand that tends to be pretty poor at explaining its own best virtues (so we try our best to do it for them when possible).
The Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT is produced as the reference 6670-1542-55B (for a price of $40,100) in 18k white gold; the references 6670-3642-55 ($40,100), 6670-3642-55B ($39,100), and 6670-3642-MMB ($58,200) in 18k red gold; and the references 6670-1127-55 ($27,300) and 6670-1127-MMB ($29,500) in steel. blancpain.com
In 1815, Frédéric-Louis Blancpain, the great-grandson of Jehan-Jacques, updated production procedures and transformed the traditional craft workshop into the sector that was capable for successive production. He also brought a groundbreaking innovation to the watchmaking sector by substituting the crown-wheel mechanism with a cylinder escapement. From the mid 19th century, the House of Blancpain watches any good Replica became the very substantial enterprise in Villeret.The initial Blancpain automatic wristwatch was manufactured in 1926 and four years later, the manufacturer accommodated the machine to watches of small dimensions, and started the rectangular “Rolls” which became the world’s first women’ automatic wristwatch.
The lauded Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular luxury watches in the world. Easily the most popular steel-cased (or otherwise) luxury diving watch, the Rolex Submariner sets the bar in many ways when it comes to timepieces of its type, at its price point. aBlogtoWatch has reviewed the Rolex Submariner here, offered a long-term review of the Rolex Submariner No Date watch here, and even compared the Rolex Submariner to its “cousin” watch the Tudor Heritage Black Bay here. With that said, the Rolex Submariner isn’t for everyone, and a lot of people who already have a Rolex Submariner still like the genre of high-end steel sports diving watches and are interested in other watches like it.
Let me first say that Rolex as a brand, and the Rolex Submariner as a model, are among the most copied things out there. Not only is there a vast underworld of fake (which we very much recommend against) Rolex watches, there are lots of “lookalike” timepieces out there which merely seek to emulate the look and feel of a Rolex Submariner for the benefit of another brand. Those aren’t the types of watches I’ll be talking about in this list. Oh, and I’d also like to say that all of the watches included in this top 10 list are being currently produced at the time of this article’s writing – but it is possible to find other stuff out there that is no longer in production.
To kick-off a possible new article series, I’d like to list my personal top 10 alternatives to the Rolex Submariner that still exist within the design, quality, and overall luxury pricing of the Rolex Submariner. Further, I’d like to focus on dive watches that share a few important things in common with the Rolex Submariner. Those things, for our purposes, are 1) available steel or titanium case construction with matching bracelet, 2) high-quality mechanical movement, 3) time-only display (date optional), 4) mostly (or entirely) monochromatic design with dark colored dial, and 5) a sporty design that can be feasibly be dressed up for a more elegant or formal look.
Nothing can absolutely replace the Rolex Submariner, and in many ways the Rolex Submariner is the best of its kind when blending price, features, and quality. Also, Rolex has some of its own “alternatives” to the Submariner which arguably include the Rolex GMT-Master II, Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, and the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller. I won’t mention those below, but you should know about these more “deep-diving” watches that Rolex produces which are technically Submariner alternatives as well (even though they arguably look very similar).
Last, I would like to mention a few basic tech specs of the Rolex Submariner to keep in mind. The watch is 40mm wide in 904L steel, water-resistant to 300 meters, and has a wonderful matching bracelet that has a handy micro-adjust system for a more precise fit that can be adjusted on the fly. Rolex uses their own in-house-made movement which promise arguably class-leading performance, and the Rolex Submariner’s bezel is produced from ceramic. Current retail price for the steel Rolex Submariner 114060 “No Date” is $7,500, and the Rolex Submariner Date 116610 is $8,550.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
Strengths: 45mm wide and with an in-house movement, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015 (aBlogtoWatch review here) collection has an available steel model with a matching bracelet and black dial that is thematically in the same category at the Rolex Submariner. It is expensive, but it is also well-made and beautiful.
How it compares: With a heritage similar to the Rolex Submariner in terms of origin and purpose, the Blancpain watch accuracy Replica Fifty Fathoms currently exists a bit higher on the price ladder than the Rolex Submariner, even though it arguably isn’t a “better” watch. The Fifty Fathoms does have an attractive curved sapphire crystal over the bezel (versus ceramic), and which you prefer is a matter of taste. Blancpain’s has a different look that some say is a bit more on the elegant versus “tool watch” side. The Blancpain is also the more original choice with a higher price premium and far fewer of them out there.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
Strengths: Tudor is owned by the same people as Rolex (they are careful to say they are not owned by Rolex), so there is a lot of design and construction carry-over from “the crown” brand. Starting in 2016, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay (hands-on here) also has an in-house movement along with a handful of interesting design refinements. It is easily one of the best values around when comparing design, construction, and mechanics.
How it compares: The Tudor Black Bay is slightly larger than the 40mm Rolex Submariner with a 41mm-wide steel case, and it is a bit thicker as well. Perhaps the biggest “down-side” is its aluminum bezel insert material versus the Rolex Submariner’s more durable ceramic – though you do get more interesting color options in the Heritage Black Bay, such as burgundy red. Solid dial design was historically inspired by the Rolex Submariner, so the differences are only slight, though noticeable.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Strengths: Omega has spent decades refining and honing its Seamaster collection… which has actually resulted in a huge amount of variety. At the top of the ladder when it comes to fancy dive watches is the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, which combines the appeal of a serious diving tool with a good-looking lifestyle product. The Planet Ocean is just sober enough to not look showy, but it certainly has an impressive wrist presence and a lot of very attractive movements today.
How it compares: Comparing the Omega Planet Ocean to the Rolex Submariner really depends on the model since Omega makes not only different sizes, but different versions – and that applies even to just the three-hand automatic models (the image above shows the Planet Ocean Master Chronometer). There is no perfect 40mm-wide analog, but there are Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean models similar to the Rolex Submariner in terms of features and size. While Rolex still arguably wins when it comes to fit and finishing, Omega is clearly chasing Rolex when it comes to movement performance, dial and case construction, as well as overall popularity. It’s certainly worth a close look.
Price: Starting at around 5,700 CHF
Bulgari Diagono Scuba
Strengths: The newest generation Bulgari Diagono Scuba (aBlogtoWatch review here) is the best Diagono diver watch made to date, offering an interesting Italian-theme to the idea of a Rolex Submariner alternative. Built on the Diagono family of watches, you see distinctive design elements such as the hinge-style lugs, bracelet, and dial design, which here is the cleanest we’ve ever seen it on a Diagono Scuba. It also happens to mix sportiness with elegance very well, just like the Rolex Submariner
How it Compares: The 41mm-wide Diagono Scuba is about the same width as the Rolex Submariner, and they have similar thickness profiles as well. On the wrist, they have a very different feel, even though they attempt to serve the same purposes. Both are 300-meter-water-resistant divers and contain in-house movements. The Bulgari Diagono Scuba doesn’t have a ceramic bezel (it uses an all steel design) but is an admirable and lower-priced Rolex Submariner alternative with a more modern, designer twist to it.
My absolute favorite watches are pretty-looking sport models. There is a significant volume of these watches around, but really attractive ones are hard to find. Probably the biggest challenge in making a beautiful-looking sports watch is to first make sure it is a great utility watch, and only then ensuring it is visually attractive. Doing both is no simple task, but success can yield the reward of a watch being a true classic. That’s probably a good way of introducing this hands-on look at the Blancpain watches prices malaysia Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II timepieces that just look so darn good.
In 1932, the family’s management of this company ended with the passing of Frédéric-Emile because his only daughter, Berthe-Nellie, didn’t wish to go in the watchmaking world.During the previous eight years, the business has continued to produce some of their most outstanding timepieces, like the Blancpain 1735 which is a true grand complication and among the most complex mechanical watches ever produced. It brings together the greatest watchmaking complications: tourbillon, moment copying, perpetual calendar, moon phase calendar and flyback chronograph. An whole year is necessary to assemble this caliber.Since it had been set up, Blancpain has been contributing to the growth of mechanical watchmaking, while preserving the traditional skills of its founder. That resulted in low production of premium quality pieces; Blancpain produces fewer than 10,000 watches per year.Blancpain continuously improves its watches, still staying faithful to its centuries-old heritage. This command of the watchmaking procedure allows complete freedom in the creation of movements with the greatest performances. The results are some of the most complex movements ever which are created by the decorative codes of the manufacturer.
I am not shy about sharing my feeling that Blancpain produces some of the most beautiful high-end diving watches available these days with their Fifty Fathoms family. The collection is populated with a few distinct models which generally fall into the “classic” Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015 watch family (review here), and the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. The latter subfamily has two lines right now which are the three-hand Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, and the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback, which this limited-edition watch is a version of.
I first went hands-on with the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback here back in 2014 when it was released. The first limited edition model was the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment, and earlier in 2016 Blancpain introduced a followup limited edition with this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). In a sense, it is probably a bit irritating to people who purchased the first limited-edition Ocean Commitment model that there is now a second one. On the other hand, this followup is just as beautiful as the first, but also distinct in its appeal. So, if anything, the fact that there is a sequel to the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment is a sign of the collection’s popularity.
There are a lot of hidden elements inside of the Blancpain watch dealers Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph which make it a truly compelling timepiece, but it does take some time to learn about them all. This is important to do in order to understand the value proposition because these watches are anything but cheap in price. With that said, you do get a fair amount for your money if you are interested in tool watch looks with a modern movement and excellent fit and finishing.
I also want to say right now that I prefer the chronograph version of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe over the three-hand model. Of course, not everyone agrees with me, but that is my personal preference as I find the three-hand model’s dial a bit visually bare. On the other hand, I certainly prefer the three-hand model of the original Fifty Fathoms models over their chronograph models.
A good reason for this aside from aesthetics is the movement inside of the Jb blancpain watches Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph which is the in-house-made Blancpain caliber F385 automatic chronograph. You can view the movement through the rear of the case, and it isn’t difficult to tell that it is lovely in both design and decoration. Modern lines and shapes decorate this modern mechanical movement which also happens to boast a 5Hz (36,000bph) operating frequency. That is the same as the celebrated Zenith El Primero, and 1Hz faster than most standard 4Hz chronograph watches.
Given the faster operating speed of the movement you get two areas of benefits. First is a bit less useful to most people, and that is the ability to be a bit more precise when using the chronograph. Second is the fact that a higher operating frequency of the balance wheel means that rate result errors are averaged out more. That translates into more accuracy over time – a good thing. It is true that 5Hz movements of any kind are rare, and in dedicated dive watches this is pretty much the only one that I can think of.
The caliber F385 has a power reserve of 50 hours, and the chronograph has a flyback complication as well. It is produced from 322 parts, and apparently is specially secured to the case of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph for shock protection purposes. Last, the movement features a silicon hair spring, which adds the benefits of more durability and accuracy over time.
That all sounds great but, unfortunately, I couldn’t have the pleasure of testing the watch out first-hand as the model I got to play with was a “blocked” (the movement is stopped from working in order to maintain the position of the hands) prototype. Thus, I still yearn to wear a functioning one of these and fully experience the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II out and about.
The first Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment watch has a gray ceramic case with a blue bezel and dial. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II sort of reverses that color palette with a blue ceramic case and bezel, and then a metallic gray dial. Both the first and second Ocean Commitment models are pretty awesome, but ceramic watch lovers will clearly flock to this sequel limited edition model.
This is the first blue ceramic watch case I’ve worn (from a luxury brand), and it looks fantastic – especially next to the glossy gray tones. In some lights, the blue ceramic just looks like a black that has something going on with it, but in full light the rich blue tone of the case material comes out. Blancpain gt watch Replica couldn’t really go any lighter with the blue as it would have made the color too unstable when it comes to production purposes.
Blancpain and Omega (both part of the Swatch Group and who share technologies) have some of the best ceramic cases around. The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon (review here) and the ceramic versions of the Blancpain watch quote Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph have something in common. That is having some of the very best-looking ceramic cases on the market. What makes them so good is the sharpness of the angles on the case, as well as the quality of the contrast polishing. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph case is among the finest available in a modern high-end dive watch, and that goes for the ceramic version as well. Angles are just wonderfully sharp, and detailing throughout is fantastic. It is hard to experience quality like this and go back to lesser watches.
Despite being a chronograph and having a ceramic case, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II is still water resistant to 300 meters. The case feels perfectly sized at 43.60mm wide. It is also 15.25mm thick and has a lightly domed AR-coated sapphire crystal.
Around the dial is a smoothly operating 120-click, uni-directional rotating diver-style bezel. The outer bezel is titanium, with Liquidmetal (another technology shared with Omega) and blue ceramic as the rest of the bezel. The crown and pushers are also in blue ceramic – rendered equally nicely.
Given that this is a sport watch, the most important element other than durability is legibility. Here, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe certainly does not disappoint, with large blocky hands totally covered in luminant, and easy-to-read, highly contrasting hour markers. I also like that the subdials on the face are visually minimized. In fact, the most prominent elements on the dial are the various hands as well as the major markers. This allows the eyes to focus on the most important elements, while other things (like the chronograph subdials) are easy to read, but also not “in your face” when you don’t want to look at them.
Perhaps the only controversial element of the dial is the date window. It does help sales of watches to have a date complication. It is also good that Blancpain iconic watches Replica didn’t design the dial with the date window cutting off anything else. However, the date window is tilted so it is a bit odd to read with its position between 4 and 5 o’clock. Also, the date disc itself is black, which is a bit darker than the “meteor grey” dial color of the watch itself. It’s really not a big deal, but it will be the one thing people might complain about in the otherwise beautiful dial design. There are other splendid details that you’ll notice in the dial by just looking at it. Start by examining the clever design of the subdials, as well as the mostly polished metal-framed hour markers.
The brand offers two versions of the Blancpain watch warranty Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II on either a gray textile/canvas strap, or this high-end NATO-style strap with gray titanium hardware. It’s a darn nice NATO-style strap, but it does come in a 23mm wide size, and it also feels a bit odd on such a high-end watch (even if it looks cool).
The best way to think about the Blancpain watch forum Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph is as an extremely well-detailed tool watch. It looks nice, performs well, and has a very handsome classic look to it. Most important, of course, is that it is comfortable to wear and easy to read. Those elements together actually put it in a league with not that many other watches, and help solidify Blancpain as one of the premier producers of high-end “luxury” sport watches. The reference 5200-0310-G52 A (canvas strap) or reference 5200-0310-NAG A (NATO-style strap) Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II watch is priced at $20,100. blancpain.com
The modern-day Blancpain gt watch Replica as we know it really began in the early ’80s after it was sold to Jacques Piguet and Jean-Claude Biver. One of the first watches that Biver developed was the complete calendar watch, which showed the day and month via two apertures at 12 o’clock, the date using a pointer, and a moon phase at 6 o’clock. It’s a classic arrangement and it proved to be very successful as it was reminiscent of vintage watches. Blancpain improved on its complete calendar watches by introducing the complete calendar GMT in 2002. This took the complete calendar watch and added a GMT function, making it more functional especially for the jet setter. Now, there’s a new complete calendar GMT watch and it’s called the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT.
In 1932, the family’s direction of this company ended with the passing of Frédéric-Emile because his only daughter, Berthe-Nellie, didn’t wish to go in the watchmaking world.During the previous eight years, the business has continued to produce some of the most outstanding timepieces, such as the Blancpain watch accuracy Replica 1735 which is an actual grand complication and one of the most complex mechanical watches ever produced. An entire year is necessary to assemble this caliber.Since it had been founded, Blancpain was contributing to the development of mechanical watchmaking, while maintaining the traditional skills of its founder. That resulted in low production of high quality bits; Blancpain produces fewer than 10,000 watches per year.Blancpain continuously improves its watches, still remaining faithful to its centuries-old heritage. This command of the watchmaking procedure allows complete freedom in the introduction of moves with the greatest performances. The results are some of the very complex movements ever that are created by the aesthetic codes of this producer.
The Villeret Quantième Complet GMT is available in two versions. There’s a red gold version that comes with an opaline dial and a stainless steel version that comes with a white dial. The differences between the two are quite subtle. The red gold version has applied red gold Roman hour indices and red gold hour and minute hands, while the stainless steel version has applied white gold Roman hour indices and white gold hour and minute hands. Water resistance is 30m.
At 40mm wide and 11.8mm in height, the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT has classic and modest proportions. Owners can choose to pair their Villeret Quantième Complet GMT watches with either hand-stitched alligator straps or metal bracelets. One unique feature of the watch is the absence of any correctors on the case flanks. Usually, complete calendar watches rely on such correctors for adjustments of the calendar complications, but the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT instead has very discreet correctors that are located under the lugs. This enables it to have completely smooth case flanks.
The dial is classy and legible. At the center of the dial are the apertures that display the day and month. A red-tipped hand points to the GMT hours while a second blued serpentine-shaped hand points to the date. At 6 o’clock, you have a moon phase indicator. My single gripe with the watch is the hands. Based on the press images sent to us, the leaf-shaped hands seem to be a bit short.
The movement within is the in-house self-winding Caliber 67A5. It consists of 286 components and is just 6mm thick. It has a 72-hour long power reserve and features a silicon balance spring. It also has a solid gold rotor and is visible through a sapphire display caseback, and as you would expect, it is handsomely decorated with the usual Côtes de Genève, polished screw heads, and beveled bridges.
Though the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT is not quite to my tastes, I can see it being an attractive option for well-heeled watch lovers seeking an elegant watch for travel. Pricing for the Blancpain watch accuracy Replica Villeret Quantième Complet GMT hasn’t been shared just yet, but we’ll be sure to update you once we hear more from the brand. blancpain.com
He also brought a groundbreaking innovation into the watchmaking sector by replacing the crown-wheel mechanism with a cylinder escapement. From the mid 19th century, the House of Blancpain became the most considerable enterprise in Villeret.The first Blancpain automatic wristwatch was fabricated in 1926 and four decades later, the manufacturer adapted the system to watches of small size, and launched the rectangular “Rolls” which became the world’s first women’ automatic wristwatch.
Even as purveyors of arguably one of the world’s first truly purpose-built dive watches, there’s no denying it’s been a long time since Blancpain has even been remotely close to the tool watch realm it once pioneered. That being said, it’s still neat to see the brand revisit those days with a marked degree of panache in the recently announced Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec – a watch that might cost $14,000, but it’s still every bit the capable tool once relied upon by combat divers in the late fifties.
Price notwithstanding, there’s a lot to love about this new limited-edition entry to the Fifty Fathoms line – which is likely why the watch is enjoying dive watch lover “sleeper hit” status post-Baselworld. Largely released without major fanfare, part of the Blancpain female watches Replica Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec watch’s appeal are its conservative dimensions and faithful adherence to the design codes of the original Mil-Spec. But a key dimension of its appeal is likely Blancpain’s inclusion of a critical feature of the original: a working replica of the “watertightness” moisture indicator at 6:00.
Back in the early days “when sex was safe and diving was dangerous,” dive watches weren’t the rugged, reliable tools we’re familiar with today. Though paramount to a diver’s safety, the earliest examples were still susceptible to damage by shock, plagued by poor visibility in low light, and built with cases ill-equipped to handle great ocean depths. Unsatisfied with issued watches that couldn’t (quite literally) perform under pressure, French combat swimmer corps commanders Captain Robert Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud sought out the grandfather of the Fifty Fathoms, Jean-Jacques Fiechter, who was already hard at work on a design that would address these very symptoms.
But the watch that became standard-issue to the UDT teams commanded by Maloubier and Riffaud wasn’t Fiechter’s original Fifty Fathoms design, but one that contained an added safeguard: a quirky watertightness indicator that would alert the wearer if their watch was compromised. Now, it’s worth clarifying that such an indicator is a little bit like a smoke detector – it only points out the obvious, and does little to prevent the fire. But back in 1957 when the design was pioneered and soon adopted on all dive watches issued to combat swimmers, a diver only needed to know if his watch could be trusted or not.
If the watch was compromised (as many watches were prone to back then), he needed to rely on alternate means for timekeeping, or abort the dive to avoid decompression sickness (or worse). It’s also probably worth pointing out that such a safeguard is admittedly somewhat silly on an ultra-modern dive watch that’s already water-resistant to a crushing 300 meters (and costs $14k), but the charm of the Blancpain valentine watch Replica Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec isn’t its utility, but its admirable commitment to the source material.
Speaking of source material, though the case size on the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec has been increased from 37mm to 40mm, it’s still a merciful reduction from the last time we saw a Tribute to Fifty Fathoms, which managed to actually wear bigger than its sacrilegious 45mm case width. This 40mm case is really the sweet spot for Blancpain divers like the Mil-Spec, which finally strikes that fine balance between carrying the highly polished visual weight of being a modern “luxury diver” while still staying true to Fiechter’s original vision. If this is a harbinger of what’s to come for the next generation of Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms collection, consider us fans.
But back to the moisture indicator for a moment – an indicator one would pray one never sees change color, especially on a watch at this price range. On the original, the idea was that in the event of a moisture ingress, the contrasting white region of the half-circle on the dial would change to a dark pink color. And the less contrast you see between the two, the greater your service bill is going to be. Blancpain wasn’t entirely clear about what materials actually comprise the indicator, but it’s raised and subtly textured like the surrounding luminous plots. Functionality-wise, it’s not unlike a water contact indicating tape you might find from manufacturers like 3M.
Since the moisture indicator has no connection with the inner workings of the watch (unlike Sinn’s Ar-capsule technology which functions as an active dehumidifier for the movement), Blancpain’s Caliber 1150 is allowed to perform as-is. Given the smaller profile of the case, Blancpain was wise to select a slimmer movement, rather than use the 1315 found on other Fifty Fathoms editions like the Bathyscaphe. Thus, the power reserve drops from 120 hours to 96 – which is still a generous number, thanks to its twin-barrel design. The watch is finished with an exhibition caseback, granting a view of the platinum alloy-coated gold rotor – an extravagant detail for a watch with such humble beginnings, but a nice one to look at, nonetheless.
The Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec is available on one of three options: Blancpain’s now-familiar rubber-backed sailcloth, a stainless steel bracelet, or a black NATO strap – the latter of which seems to best disguise the price point and match the watch’s UDT trappings most efficiently between the three. The price on the bracelet is $14,100. blancpain.com
On May 5, 2016, CH Premier and Blancpain watches any good Replica will be hosting an evening cocktail reception and speaking engagement with Blancpain US Brand President, David Gely, where he will speak about the brand’s longstanding connection to the underwater world and its commitment to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans. Blancpain and CH Premier invite watch lovers in the Santa Clara, California area to attend.
CH Premier is excited to be partnering with Swiss watchmaker Blancpain in bringing the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Exhibition to Westfield Valley Fair, Santa Clara from April 29 to May 17. The exhibition has traveled all around the world: China, Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo, and Moscow. This will be the second showing in North America following Las Vegas in January.
Allow me to add here that the version you are seeing pictures of is actually in an 18k white gold case, but it seems as though Blancpain will create it as a steel model and the exact same 18k white gold case for another dial option. This is a chance, but it’s hard to affirm, as their site is unclear regarding whether or not an 18k white gold version with this clean white dial is available.As a dress watch, I like the calming effect of this blank dial that’s otherwise very practical. It wears well as a result of the cozy case and appears larger given the thin bezel structure. Distinctive Blancpain Villeret-style Roman numerals and fitting leaf-style palms add to the brand’s trademark look. In red and steel gold, the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch also includes a matching bracelet choice that I really like – along with the black alligator strap choice.Manufactured in house by Blancpain, the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch includes the caliber 6054F automatic movement – whose gold strand is very nicely decorated. While the motion architecture is decidedly contemporary in its aesthetics, you still find a whole lot of haute horology hand-finishing. The motion works at 4Hz (28,800bph) and has a power reserve of 72 hours (three days).
For the duration of the exhibition, CH Premier will be featuring an extensive selection of Fifty Fathom timepieces. This collection embodies Blancpain’s passion for the underwater world since 1953 by creating the first modern dive watch. Each Fifty Fathom model features the signature elements from the original diver’s watch and design choices based on the risks and necessities in the diving world. Latest editions added to the collection pay tribute to the pioneers of diving, whose passion and dedication has continued to inspire Blancpain watches on ebay Replica to create timepieces with technological advancement and innovative materials for underwater explorations.
On May 5, 2016, CH Premier and Blancpain will be hosting an evening cocktail reception and speaking engagement with Blancpain US Brand President, David Gely, where he will speak about the brand’s longstanding connection to the underwater world and its commitment to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans.
We invite visitors of all ages to explore and discover the underwater universe through breathtaking images and learn about the environmental initiatives Blancpain supports to explore, protect, and preserve the world’s ocean. As visitors enter through the portal echoing the design of the Fifty Fathoms bezel, they will discover zones devoted to History; Science and Exploration; Art; and the Ocean Commitment Circle.
To call further attention to ocean preservation and protection, Blancpain offers the limited edition Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback. Limited to 250 pieces, this special timepiece features Blancpain’s in-house movement and a special gray ceramic case and blue dial and bezel. Blancpain will make a charitable contribution in the amount of 1,000 Euros for each watch sold in the limited series.
The Blancpain Ocean Commitment will be on display at the exhibition along with a special selection of vintage Fifty Fathom timepieces which date back as early as the collection’s creation in 1953. Again, the exhibition will run from April 29 to May 17 and below is the information for the May 5th cocktail event.
CH Premier Cocktail event with Blancpain US Brand President, David Gely
Thursday May 5th, 6pm-8pm
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 1251
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Learn more at: blancpain-ocean-commitment.com chpremier.com
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The past few years have seen the launch and steady expansion of Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe line up. In 2013, we saw the original three-hander, 2014 gave us the Bathyscaphe Chronograph, and then the beautifully blue Bathyscaphe Ocean Commitment Chronograph came in 2015. This year, Blancpain completed the family portrait with the latest iteration of the Bathyscaphe, which quite successfully puts the look and construction of the Ocean Commitment Chronograph into the original three-hand design.
In broad strokes, if you know the standard Bathyscaphe three-hander, you are well on your way to understanding this new version. While the basic form remains thankfully unchanged, this new model is more than just a blue dial and bezel as its 43.6 mm case is made of grey ceramic. This is not the first time that Blancpain watches quality Replica has used ceramic for the case of a Bathyscaphe three-hander and, much like the preceding Ocean Commitment Chronograph, this version has a lovely brushed blue dial and ceramic bezel with Liquidmetal hour markers.
Shakudo itself isn’t a technique, but more a substance. It’s a metal alloy that is mostly copper with roughly 4-10% gold. What is special about the alloy is that it can be treated to reach a black patina that in many ways looks like lacquer. Why is this important? It is all about being able to engrave something using a rich amount of detail in addition to a good deal of visual comparison. Black against the copper color offers that level of contrast but without the special black patina properties of shakudo that black could only be achieved by adding black colour. The addition of such pigment (using lacquer for example) reduces the capability for an artist to show off fine detail.Thus, shakudo permits for the display and engraving of extremely fine detail in tiny spaces with an amazing degree of contrast. In other words, images engraved in shakudo really pop. These two Blancpain watches price in india Replica Villeret Shakudo watches provide exceptional presentations of the technique, which means that there’s variety in this set.
Until you have it in your hands, you could be excused for thinking that the case was metal, as it carries the warmth of titanium and a beautifully brushed finish. Upon lifting this diver from the table the ceramic feels solid, smooth like glass, and lighter than you might expect. The official reference is 5000-0240-NAOA (with the nato strap) but I wish they had called it something, anything, aside from just Bathyscaphe. I suppose we’ll all just know it as the blue Blancpain watches chicago Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe.
Still 13.8mm thick and water resistant to 300m, the blue dial and bezel make for a considerably different vibe than its siblings, perhaps not quite as austere. Less tactical than the monochromatic alternatives, the blue Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe (aside from its ceramic case and 43.6mm sizing) has the demeanor of a watch designed in the early days of diving. Its crystal-clear legibility and razor-sharp detailing is juxtaposed by the warm and inviting blue tones of the dial and bezel. If the Bathyscaphe is an attempt to carry vintage Blancpain design elements into a modern luxury diver, I think this blue version is the most successful iteration we’ve seen to date.
Visible via a display case back, the blue Watch blancpain endurance series Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe uses Blancpain’s calibre 1315 – the same movement used by all of the three-hand Bathyscaphes. This 4Hz in-house automatic movement uses three mainspring barrels to offer 120 hours of power reserve for its display of the time and date. Designed to be tool-ready, the 1315 is function over form and has been used in several of Blancpain’s dive watches in the past.
I remember loving the original crop of Bathyscaphes back in 2013, and this blue model is an even stronger fit for my tastes while also being an incredibly unrealistic request of my wallet. The ceramic case ensures top billing in the three-hand Bathyscaphe pecking order, and indeed the blue Blancpain watches fifty fathoms Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe claims a tidy $12,800 USD, mounted to either the pictured high-quality blue NATO or Blancpain’s frankly excellent sail canvas two-piece strap. Following the example set by the Ocean Commitment Chronograph, the blue Bathyscaphe offers a similar appeal in a more simplified layout that is certainly eye-catching and should look even better underwater. If you happen to take one diving, I’d love to see the photos. blancpain.com
I have a soft spot for meticulously hand-engraved watch dials. For me, it is the epitome of being able to wear traditional handmade artwork on your wrist. Of course, it’s true that watch moves when produced properly are exceptionally artistic, but I am talking about more traditional “representative” artwork that is supposed to depict the actual (and dream) world around us. So with this said, you’ll understand why I am rather keen on those new Blancpain watch aliexpress Replica Villeret Shakudo watches that incorporate the Japanese metallic alloy and engraving method into the new Swiss watches.Blancpain is no stranger to watches with hand-engraved dials. The business has been making some of their most amazing hand-engraved watches (and moves) that are available today. Blancpain frequently works with extremely skilled artists equally in house and commissioned to create a series of nice limited edition watches that come in numerous varieties. The new Blancpain Villeret Shakudo collection also has a couple of models meant to showcase with craft that is unique, and each is a bit unique. These are, of course, in honor of the Hindu god as well as the endangered ancient fish species which in some of the sponsorship attempts Blancpain is seeking to help safeguard and study.
It is a common belief that God is omnipresent, but as the physical identity of God is still a mystery, we humans connect with the Almighty by practicing different religions in different parts of the world. And every religion offers a representation of God which can be used as an object of worship and symbolism. Why am I rambling on about a topic like religion, and how exactly does it relate to horology? I would like to introduce to you the Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh watch.
The Blancpain watch company Replica Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh watch, as the name indicates, is a tribute to the Hindu Lord Ganesha, and it is a new offering from Blancpain’s Villeret line of watches. Lord Ganesha, also known as Vinayaka (Knowlegeable) and Vighneshwara (Lord of obstacles) is one of the most worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. Another interesting fact about Lord Ganesha is that he is known as the patron of arts, and Blancpain launching the stunningly artistic Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh watch around Lord Ganesha’s birthday couldn’t be a better birthday present for him.
The Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh is a product of Blancpain’s award-winning Métiers D’Art studio located in Vallée de Joux. The Métiers D’Art studio is renowned for a wide range of artistic crafts including fine engraving, enameling, damascening, shakudō, and more. Having won the Artistic Crafts prize for the Blancpain Villeret Shakudo Ganesh watch in 2015, Métiers d’Art studio is back with another unique interpretation of the Ganesh theme in the Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh watch. The beautiful portrait of Lord Ganesha on the dial of the Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh is a result of combining fine engraving, damascening, and shakudō, and is testimony to the skills and craftsmanship of Blancpain’s artisans.
The black patina on the dial of the Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh is achieved with the help of shakudō, which is an alloy of gold and copper. Unpatinated shakudō resembles bronze, and Blancpain’s artisans delicately treat the surface multiple times to achieve the final subtle black shades that mark this art form which was originally developed for the decoration of swords and jewellery. Another art form which adorns this dial, and whose application in watchmaking is limited to Blancpain, is damascening. Damascening is the art of inlaying different metals into one another, and it is utilized to hand-carve fine designs on the dial of the Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh watch, following which gold is hammered into the resulting troughs.
Continuing the golden theme on the intricately finished dial of the Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh, this watch is equipped with a 45mm-wide red gold case with Blancpain’s signature double-stepped bezel, adding to the overall warmth of the design. At the helm of this watch is the ultra slim manually wound in-house caliber 15B, offering a power reserve of 40 hours. The movement has been moderately decorated with finely hand-applied Côtes de Genève along with beveling and circular graining, and can be viewed from the transparent case back.
The Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh is literally a one-of-a-kind watch, as only one is being produced. It is targeted towards devotees of Lord Ganesha who want to maintain a divine connection with him every single second of the day by having his picture on the dial of their watch. The Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh comes on a brown alligator strap with a price of £111,550. blancpain.com
With Blancpain’s handsome Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe spending the last few release cycles in the limelight, it was only time that the brand’s original combat diver get its due. This year, for Baselworld 2017, Blancpain watches 1735 Replica is paying tribute to the Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec 1 Watch, the original UDT-issued dive watch specially designed with a working “watertightness,” or humidity, indicator directly on the dial.
I have a soft spot for thoroughly hand-engraved watch dials. For me personally, it’s the epitome of being able to wear conventional hand-made art in your wrist. Of course, it’s true that watch movements when created properly are exceptionally artistic, but I am talking about more conventional “representative” art which is supposed to depict the real (and dream) world around us. So with that said, you’ll understand why I am so keen on those new Blancpain Villeret Shakudo watches that incorporate the Japanese metallic alloy and engraving method into the brand’s Swiss watches.Blancpain is no stranger to watches using hand-engraved dials. The business has been producing some of the most amazing hand-engraved watches (and movements) that are available today. Blancpain often works with exceptionally skilled artists both in-house and commissioned to produce a collection of fine limited edition watches that come in so many varieties. The new Blancpain Villeret Shakudo collection also has a couple of versions meant to showcase with special craft, and each is a piece unique. These are, naturally, in honor of the Hindu god in addition to the endangered ancient fish species which in a few of the sponsorship attempts Blancpain is trying to help protect and study.
Due to their hard service life, surviving vintage examples of issued Mil-Spec Blancpain watches history Replica divers are extremely rare, and thus highly coveted amongst vintage collectors. It should thus come as no surprise that Blancpain revisit this interesting series of watches from time to time, especially with the vintage craze (still) seemingly at an all-time high. And while we have yet to see the iconic “Tornek-Rayville” TR-900 pulled from the archives, it’s indeed been a hot minute since Blancpain has paid tribute to a Mil-Spec – all the way back to 2010, to be specific, when we were presented with the limited “No Radiation” edition.
However, this mid-century Blancpain Mil-Spec 1 with the watertightness indicator predates both those examples and is the earliest combat-issued diver from Blancpain when it was introduced in 1957. As a pioneer in pressure-sealing and dive timing through the acrylic unidirectional bezel, the Blancpain Mil-Spec watches would later serve as a reference point for dive watch development, ultimately paving the way for many other significant innovations through the brand’s relationship with the United States Navy.
One such innovation on the original Blancpain watches watch snob Replica Mil-Spec (a signature that would later become a standard feature for many military-issued watches) that has been faithfully re-created on the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec is the fully-functional humidity indicator at 6:00. Just like the vintage version, in the event of moisture ingress, the upper half-circle of the indicator changes from white to orange, thereby matching the lower half and letting the wearer know the watch had been compromised. Granted, dive watches used to be much more susceptible to fogging or outright flooding – and even though the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms was considered a leader in watertightness at the time, the indicator was still a handy barometer for displaying the overall health of the watch’s seals. Now, the odds of this indicator ever seeing action on a fully modern, 300-meter resistant dive watch seems pretty unlikely, but it’s still great to see Blancpain staying true to a key feature on the original.
Blancpain has wisely opted to spec this Are blancpain watches handmade Replica Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec with a 40mm case and the brand’s in-house manufactured Caliber 1150 – an ultra-slim, twin-barreled automatic movement with a four-day power reserve, and a silicon hairspring which grants superior anti-shock and anti-magnetic advantages. It’s an interesting choice, particularly because other Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and Bathyscaphe variants have traditionally used the larger 1315 with its 120-hour reserve, but given the real estate restrictions of the smaller case, it does make perfect sense – the 1150 is, after all, the same movement selected for the recently announced 38mm Blancpain Bathyscaphe Oceans Commitment. Size notwithstanding, the movement and its beautiful platinum alloy-coated gold rotor are still visible through the exhibition caseback – a far cry from the purpose-built utilitarian roots of the watch it’s paying tribute to, but the 1150 is too nice of a movement to not show off whenever possible.
The Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec watch will be limited to 500 pieces, and will be sold on either a NATO strap, rubber-backed sailcloth as pictured, or Blancplain’s stainless steel bracelet. The price starts at $14,100. blancpain.com