I came across a brand new iteration of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe reference 5000, made in a limited run of 50 pieces for the 50th anniversary of Cortina Watch in Singapore. Let’s take a look at the first two-tone Bathyscaphe.
The combination of titanium and red gold is not new for Blancpain: in the mid 2000s the Leman GMT Reveil was made in exactly that configuration, and it looked stunning.
Now we rather unexpectedly see it realized with a limited edition Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Singapore retailer Cortina Watch, and it works beautifully again.
Based on the Bathyscaphe Titanium from 2021, this timepiece features some distinctive golden highlights: the bezel, crown, hands, dial indices and tang buckle are crafted from Sedna Gold, the bezel indications are made from Ceragold.
The two-tone execution works very well with the anthracite vertically brushed dial and the brushed ceramic bezel insert. It transforms the rather stealthy titanium Bathyscaphe into an eye-catching timepiece.
The watch celebrates the 50th anniversary of Cortina Watch with an inside print on the backside crystal. Unfortunately this partly blocks the view on caliber 1315 in typical decoration.
The Bathyscaphe Titanium/Sedna Gold is exclusively available at Cortina Watch. The launch is accompanied by a specially curated Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe exhibition at the Paragon Shopping Centre main atrium in Singapore from May 23 to June 5 2022.
You find this celebratory Bathyscaphe here on the Cortina Watch website. My hands-on essay on the standard titanium Bathyscaphe can be found here, the above mentioned Leman GMT Reveil two-tone is briefly featured here in the blog.
All photos credit Blancpain/Cortina Watch.