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Introducing – The Redesigned Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet (Live Pics & Price)

The Bathyscaphe, Blancpain‘s more compact and more streamlined version of the Fifty Fathoms that was first released in 1956, has seen many variations over the years, since it reappeared in the collection in 2013, marking the 60th anniversary of what was one of the very first dive watches ever created. Since then, we’ve seen this watch in multiple sizes, different materials and equipped with all sorts of complications, such as a chronograph, an annual calendar or a complete calendar with moonphase. Following the evolution of the collection that has been implemented last year in the time-and-date version, it’s time for the latter to be refreshed, with new editions of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet, in red gold or in grade 23 titanium. 

The Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet isn’t per se a new watch. It has actually been around since 2018, in a version in stainless steel with a dark grey dial and black ceramic bezel. And, with this combination of classic horology and diving credentials, it’s also one of the most surprising watches in the brand’s collection. Such a complex calendar display is entirely expected in a dress, elegant gold watch. Not so much in a large, instrumental watch meant to be taken underwater. Still, this is this exact oddity that makes the Bathy complete calendar a watch full of charm. Not something consensual, but something that generates passion. After all, this might be what high-end mechanical watchmaking is all about…

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

What matters this year is the fact that this original model undergoes the transformation that has first been applied to the classic time-and-date model. In short, Blancpain has given its Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe an even more tool-ish look and more resistance to underwater life, by making the case in a rather surprising titanium alloy and matching it with new colours for the dial and the bezel, giving it an all-grey, all-matte style that seems just about right for a piece of diving equipment.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

The same recipe is applied to the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet, with the introduction of an evolution in titanium, which is also completed by a new reference in gold. The basics of this original watch are identical to the version we’ve reviewed here in steel. The case, with the signature angular design of the collection, retains the same proportions, with a 43mm diameter and a 13.9mm height – not particularly thin on paper, but considering the complications it carries, it isn’t that bad for a diver’s watch. The case, which is entirely brushed for a sportier, less reflective look, features nicely shaped lugs with a lateral bevel. As said, you’ll either have the choice between 18k red gold for a warm, luxurious look, or Blancpain’s latest titanium alloy, grade 23.

About titanium grade 23

Titanium, as used for watchmaking, automotive, aerospatial or medical applications, isn’t a pure metal but an alloy. As such, you’ll often hear us talk about grade 2 or grade 5 titanium, which are the two most common alloys in watchmaking. On its side, Blancpain relies on grade 23, also known as Ti6Al4V ELI. It is a purer version of grade 5 titanium mostly used in medical applications, with lower oxygen, nitrogen and iron concentrations. It is highly resistant to corrosion. It also has a high damage tolerance and so is used where high durability is required. Still, it doesn’t seem to be polished like grade 5 titanium. 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

Whether you choose this highly resistant titanium alloy or the higher-end satin-brushed 18k red gold, you’ll end up with a watch that has all the diving capacities you’d expect from a Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. As such, it features a unidirectional bezel matching the case material, housing a fully brushed (new to this year’s version) ceramic inlay with a 60-minute scale obtained thanks to the Ceragold or Liquidmetal technologies (seamless integration). Also, the watch features sapphire crystals on both sides, a screw-down crown and caseback and is rated to a 300-metre water-resistance despite the presence of recessed pushers to adjust the calendar.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

Depending on the material you’ll choose, the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet will present two different faces. The titanium edition plays on all-grey, monochromatic tones, with an anthracite grey ceramic insert, a sunray-brushed meteor grey dial and hands/markers that are rhodium-plated. Even the gold rotor on the back is grey NAC coated. The grey look continues on the bracelet or strap, which is either matching titanium or grey NATO or sailcloth strap. The red gold model on the other hand plays on contrasts, with a gradient, sunray-brushed blue dial with a blue bezel and gold hour markers/hands. And the rotor is also uncoated gold. This model comes either on a blue NATO or sailcloth strap.

The most surprising part of the Bathyscaphe Complete Calendar is its dial. Sure, the hands and markers are typical of the collection. What’s more original is the complex display, which is more familiar in Villeret watches. As such, in addition to the central hours, minutes and seconds, you’ll find a central pointer date and two apertures for the day and the month. At 6 o’clock is a large moonphase indicator with Blancpain’s signature “moon face.”

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantieme Complet - 2022 redesigned version

Inside the case is a familiar in-house movement, the calibre 6654.P. This selfwinding engine, finished with snailed bridges and polished bevels, runs at a modern 4Hz frequency and boasts a comfortable 72h (3 days) power reserve. It is equipped with a date mechanism with a security system. This enables the owner of the watch to handle each indication at any time, without any risk to the movement, unlike the usual calendar watches.

Availability & Price

All new editions of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet will soon be available from boutiques and retailers as part of the permanent collection. Prices start from CHF 14,800 for the titanium model on NATO or sailcloth strap. The model with titanium bracelet is priced at CHF 17,200. Finally, both editions of the red gold Bathyscaphe retail for CHF 28,000. For more details, please visit www.blancpain.com.

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