A tale of two MILSPECs

A few weeks ago Blancpain surprised us with the Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC for Hodinkee. Only 3 1/2 years after the release of the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec this is the second 40mm FF limited edition with the characteristic moisture indicator on the dial. Let’s compare the two MILSPECs side by side.

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Edition Fifty Fathoms

This blog post is not about a watch, it is about a series of 12 amazing books, called Edition Fifty Fathoms. This series of books with exceptional photos from the best underwater photographers started 2008 and will be concluded this year with the Final Edition. And there’s more to the books than exceptional photography…

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A reflection on the 2020 novelties

This year has been quite a challenge. A global pandemic has disrupted our lives significantly, and it obviously also influenced how we live our joint passion for watches: less gatherings of like minded enthusiasts and the way we learned about news from the manufacturers and dealerships being only two examples. Well, we almost made it (and 2021 will hopefully bring back a more joyful environment), so it’s time to take a wholistic look back at the 2020 Blancpain novelties.

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Captured by collectors: Fifty Fathoms limited editions

The second blog post in the new series of covering the watches and photography of fellow Blancpain enthusiasts features three limited Fifty Fathoms timepieces, the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Ocean Commitment I, the FF Ocean Commitment III and the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda. Here’s Georg’s view on his timepieces and his take on watch photography.

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Hands-on with the 2020 novelties: Villeret Extraplate Boutique edition

This one came as a (very pleasant) November surprise: the new Villeret Extraplate Boutique edition in yellow gold with a stunning green dial, reference 6651-1453-55A. Let’s take a close look at this utterly beautiful timepiece under different light conditions.

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Captured by collectors: vintage Bathyscaphe

Today I start a new series of blog posts covering the view of fellow Blancpain collectors on their timepieces. This series will feature their own photos and it is meant to, besides showcasing beautiful timepieces, illustrate the spectrum of watch photography. Let’s start this series with Markus’ photos of his vintage Bathyscaphe.

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Hands-on with the 2020 novelties: the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Ceramic green dial

For all of you who liked the Bathyscaphe Mokarran but had no chance to get hold of one of the 50 specimen, here’s your relief: the new Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback Ceramic reference 5200-0153-52A/NABA with a stunning green dial as a regular collection model. Let’s take a closer look.

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Hands-on with the 2020 novelties: the Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition

Two years ago Blancpain introduced a Bathyscaphe limited edition commemorating a rather extrovert dial from a 1970s Bathyscaphe watch, the Jour Date 70s ref 5052-1110-63A. Now we see a new iteration of this reference, the Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition ref 5052-1146-E52A, so let’s get up close with it. Since this beauty is showing a lot of different faces, brace yourself for many impressions.

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Hands-on with the Bathyscaphe Mokarran

The release of this watch came as a surprise a few months ago, and it is special for various reasons other than its limitation to 50 pieces. It marks a first for Blancpain in various aspects, and besides those it is simply a gorgeous timepiece: let’s get up close with the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Mokarran, reference 5005-0153-NABA.

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Perfectionized aesthetics: two Villeret Demi-Savonnette timepieces

The Blancpain Villeret line offers a plentiful of aesthetically refined timepieces, these two however stand out since they add a layer of beauty and class not often encountered: a pocket watch style Hunter case back. Let’s meet the Villeret Quantieme Complet Demi-Savonnette ref 6664-3642-55B and the Villeret Demi-Fuseau Horaire Demi-Savonette ref 6665-3642-55B.

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A Fifty Fathoms combining three signature Blancpain elements

Today we take a closer look at the Fifty Fathoms Chronographe Flyback Quantieme Complet, reference 5066F-1140-52B, a timepiece not encountered very often but most definitely deserving our attention. And it plays nicely with some other blue dial timepieces covered recently.

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Being spoilt for choice: two titanium Fifty Fathoms

A frequent question comes up in fora and other places where we discuss watches: among the two titanium versions of the Fifty Fathoms Automatique, which one to choose? Let‘s put them next to each other to allow for best informed decision making based on  many photos in comparable settings and the two watches on different strap configurations.

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The Bathyscaphe Mokarran: a very special limited edition

Blancpain has lived up to their Ocean Commitment initiative by not only co-financing 19 scientific projects in 10 years, supporting Laurent Ballesta’s Gombessa projects, being a founding partner of the National Geographic Pristine Seas project, supporting the World Ocean Summit and World Oceans Day, the Manufacture has also created 3 limited to 250 pieces Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) timepieces between 2014 and 2018. This new timepiece, introduced on July 7, is not an official BOC watch, but it is rooted in yet another Ocean Commitment initiative. Let’s take a look at the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Mokarran ref 5005-0153-NABA.

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