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.

595d7735-6a14-4247-985c-7742fb1dea41

Continue reading “A reflection on the 2020 novelties”

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.

img_3679

Continue reading “Captured by collectors: Fifty Fathoms limited editions”

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.

Fifty Fathoms 5066F

Continue reading “A Fifty Fathoms combining three signature Blancpain elements”

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.

Fifty Fathoms Automatique Titanium

Continue reading “Being spoilt for choice: two titanium Fifty Fathoms”

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.

Blancpain_Fifty_Fathoms_Bathyscaphe_Mokarran_Limited_Edition_Front_Water-1024x512

Continue reading “The Bathyscaphe Mokarran: a very special limited edition”

A truly luxurious diver

Last year Blancpain introduced three new variations of the Fifty Fathoms Automatique, one of them being reference 5015-3603C-63B, a timepiece that I instantly started calling the „La Dolce Vita“ Fifty Fathoms. Let’s get up close with it in different settings and under varying light conditions.

Fifty Fathoms 5015-3603C-63B

Continue reading “A truly luxurious diver”

Hands-on with the 2020 novelties: a titanium bracelet for the Fifty Fathoms

This novelty is an addition to three existing Fifty Fathoms timepieces a lot of collectors have been anxiously waiting for: a titanium bracelet for the two Fifty Fathoms Automatique ref 5015 with black or blue dials and the Fifty Fathoms Grande Date ref 5050 with titanium cases.

fd4f1a9f-1e66-4899-9f04-efbc905052f5

Continue reading “Hands-on with the 2020 novelties: a titanium bracelet for the Fifty Fathoms”

Up close with the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

Today I invite you to a close encounter with one of Blancpain’s modern signature timepieces, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback reference 5200. Let’s start this long overdue introduction with a short summary outlining what we are dealing with in one sentence…

Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

Continue reading “Up close with the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback”

Flashback: May 17, 2019

Exactly one year ago Blancpain introduced their novelties during Time to Move, which took place in Zurich as a two stage event for retailers and the press. This post is not only to celebrate the first anniversary of some outstanding watches which became signature timepieces for Blancpain immediately, but also to reflect on how different 2020 is turning out.

Continue reading “Flashback: May 17, 2019”

30 months with the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec

The oldest post in this blog has covered my first photo session with the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec reference 5008-1130, which took place in September 2017. Two months later I was lucky enough to add this special timepiece to my collection, and it has been an absolute favorite every since. Let’s take a look at some impressions over 30 months of happy ownership.

Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec

Continue reading “30 months with the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec”

Size matters: comparing two Fifty Fathoms

With the classic Fifty Fathoms being available in two different sizes, I thought it might be interesting to put two examples for references 5008 and 5015 side by side to allow for a fair optical comparison between 40.3 and 45mm. Let’s take a closer look at the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec and the Fifty Fathoms Nageurs de combat., which not only represent the two sizes but also two wonderful commemorative pieces to the heritage of the Fifty Fathoms.

Tribute to fifty Fathoms MilSpec & Fifty Fathoms Nageurs de combat

Continue reading “Size matters: comparing two Fifty Fathoms”

The Blancpain 2020 novelties

Due to the cancellation of Time to Move, which was supposed to take place this very week, we will have a different path of learning about the Blancpain novelties this year. Of course I will try to do my best to provide hands-on photos of all new timepieces as soon as possible, but I thought it would be worthwhile to provide you with an overview on all officially released models based on the Blancpain press information in the meantime. This overview will be updated whenever new models are released.

da9b9bc8-19e5-447e-bc46-b5a5f8c49121

Continue reading “The Blancpain 2020 novelties”