As promised, here’s my take on the Blancpain novelties in Basel with a number of photos I was able to capture during my visit. To avoid one too long post, I decided to go in five parts: this post will focus on the Bathyscaphe Jour Date 70s.
In order to understand this watch (and the two other Bathyscaphe novelties) correctly, I’d like to briefly put it into historical context. The Bathyscaphe was created by Blancpain under the management of Jean-Jaques Fiechter as an everyday and multiple purpose timepiece. Other than the Fifty Fathoms this watch was not primarily meant as an instrument, the idea was to create a daily wearer you can also dive with. For that reason the Bathyscaphe gave room for additional useful indications, like a day and date function.
The Bathyscaphe Jour Date 70s, reference 5052-1110, mirrors design elements of two different historic models. One of those influences case and bezel (like on the other Bathyscaphe models), the other one is the reference for the dial layout, color and finish.
Now, let’s take a look at the new 43mm timepiece, which comes on either sailcloth strap, Nato strap, bracelet or like shown below on a nice leather strap. The watch is limited to 500 pieces worldwide.
Just as you know it from Blancpain, all the details are executed flawlessly and they offer plenty to explore and enjoy. Therefore the sequence of photos gets you closer and closer to the details 😉
I hope you enjoyed the short introduction and the photos. Please stay tuned for the other parts of the report on the Blancpain novelties, I’ll do my best to deliver those quickly. The next part will feature the Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minutes Rétrograde!
For further information on the timepieces please visit blancpain.com