Although Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe is a replica style launched under the name of the Fifty Zongzi series, in fact, the two are not directly linked in historical origin, but from the modern product line Judging from this, it is also a new series in addition to Blancpain’s existing diving watches. At present, the brand is developing Bathyscaphe into another diving watch product line beyond fifty.
The design of the faceplate inherits the elements of the three-needle model, such as the luminous dots on the small second hand, which are quite cute; the two sub-faceplates have three circles from the inside to the outside, and the three circles are actually concentric circles. The sense of layering is indeed the level of processing of Blancpain
Feature one: It belongs to the Fifty Fathoms series
Judging from the appearance style, Bathyscaphe and Fifty Fathoms are naturally very different. One is lean, the other is rich, and the vocabulary styles are also different. However, from the perspective of product positioning, the two are actually not so different. At the same time, it is not so retro. Both sides are mixed with many modern elements, so consumers really have to make choices based on personal aesthetic preferences. If you want to emphasize the difference in attributes between the two, I’m afraid I can only start on the size (though not too bad).
The bezel is a ceramic color ring plus liquid metal scale numbers, which is currently the highest-grade processing method of the Swatch Group. The dial is Dish-style, the edges are slightly folded down, the chronograph second hand is extremely long, and it almost has to sweep to the inner edge of the case.
Feature two: the movement specifications are better
A special feature of this chronograph model is its movement. Blancpain’s chronograph movement has been based on F185, which is FP1185 for many years, but this one has made a major upgrade for this legendary movement. The model of the new movement is changed to F385. The most important change in the specifications is to increase the vibration frequency from 21,600 to 36,000vph. In addition, the hairspring also uses a silicon hairspring. Modifications: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 750 series, Bulgari’s Calibro 303, and Cartier’s 1904-CH MC are all well-known examples, and the frequency boost is often the focus of the modification. However, they are at most added to 28,800vph, like this It should be the first time to reach 36,000vph, and this should also be the intention of Blancpain to make a distinction from his factory.
The model of the new movement is changed to F385. The most important change in the specifications is to increase the vibration frequency from 21,600 to 36,000vph. In addition, the hairspring also uses a silicon hairspring.
Feature three: New specifications can be obtained from outside the movement
In addition, the board circuit of the movement itself has also been greatly modified. The balance wheel bridge has been changed from a single arm to a double arm. The plywood is also hollowed out in the position of the four cars, and the four exposed underneath. Fan cars should also be new. The diameter of the balance wheel should be smaller than that of the original FP1185, and this should be for the reason of high vibration frequency. Although the arms of the balance table bridge are not crossed, the strength should still be better than the original single screw. 18K gold automatic plate is coated with platinum-based NAC alloy.
Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
Stainless steel material / F385 self-winding movement / hours, minutes, small seconds, date display / flyback chronograph function / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / waterproof 300 meters / diameter 43.6mm / reference price: 107,000 RMB- —