The Fifty Fathoms collection embodies Blancpain’s passion for the underwater world that was originally expressed in 1953 with the creation of the first modern diver’s watch.

The watch takes some design inspiration from the original while still being a thoroughly modern watch, and we had to take a closer look for ourselves. A week on the Cote d’Azure, where French Marine Nationale divers originally used the Fifty Fathoms, was the perfect excuse to spend some time with the new Bathyscaphe and here are my thoughts.

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Ever since Blancpain has been accompanying divers and underwater photographers in their exploration and discovery of the oceans’ fragile beauty, thus contributing to the knowledge of this fascinating universe and to the motivation to protect it.

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All Fifty Fathoms watch models feature the main signature elements that forged the reputation of their legendary ancestor and established it as the archetypal diver’s luxury watches.

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The same professionalism is apparent in the decisive design choices, dictated by a wealth of experience in the field of diving, its risks, and its imperious necessities.

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The latest additions to the luxury collection are extraordinary technical achievements as well as a tribute to the pioneers who made scuba diving possible.

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It is their passion and dedication which opened up whole new vistas for underwater exploration and that continue to inspire Blancpain in using innovative materials and new technical solutions in order to push the limits of its timepieces and to fulfill the most sophisticated demands.

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