Blancpain’s Retro Dive Watch

Because beige – and the 70s – are back.

By Terry Christodoulou 01/10/2020

Fashion’s latest fixation is the ‘70s – from corduroy’s return to the enduring appeal of louche tailoring, it’s a muse that’s filtering through to the watch world.

Its within this framework Blancpain reveals its latest – the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert, a retro refresh of an iconic dive watch.

In what could be considered a follow up to its Bathyscaphe Jour Date 70s, unveiled two years back, the latest is a limited edition of 500 units that arrives in a sandy-beige coloured dial, matching sail canvas strap and brown ceramic unidirectional bezel.

The dial is finished in a sunbrushed style with an element of smokiness that acknowledges fumé dials that recently re-emerged through the likes of H. Moser & Cie. Adding further retro appeal, the hands are boxy, as too the luminous markers.

Inside the 43mm case a Blancpain calibre 13155DD powers the timepiece, offering 120 hours of power-reserve alongside an impressive 300-metre of water resistance.

Priced at $17,600.



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