In addition, the 913 has a glucydur equilibrium wheel with gold micrometric regulating screws, which makes it flexible and also more shock-resistant than its predecessor. There’s also a better winding system which uses a ball-bearing mounted rotor. The sapphire case back shows the rotor, which can be reddish gold with a snailed bevel, polished chamfers and directly and round Côtes de Genève patterns. It has a 40-hour power reserve.At 29.2mm, the Blancpain O Rolex Villeret Date Moonphase is a tiny watch considering there is a moon phase plus a date and a seconds hand, a rare edge in a little women’ automatic. It’s evidence of Blancpain’s commitment to creating size-appropriate high-grade calibers devoted to ladies’ watches in its own elite groups. The date is elegantly spaced out just in the hour trail, signaled by a red-tipped pointer. The bezel is set with 48 diamonds and there are eight diamond indexes in addition to four employed Roman numerals from the signature Villeret font. You will find two references, one in 18k gold, priced at $19,900, and in steel at $16,600. Even as purveyors of possibly among the world’s first truly purpose-built dip sequences, there’s no denying it has been a very long time since Blancpain has even been remotely near the tool watch kingdom it once initiated. That said it’s still neat to see the newest revisit those days using a marked degree of panache in the recently declared Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec — a watch that might cost $14,000, but it is still every bit the competent tool once relied upon by combat divers from the late fifties.
Blancpain recently presented the Bathyscaphe, the brand’s new entry level sports timepiece. Available in titanium or steel, the Bathyscaphe has a ceramic bezel, silicon hairspring and 120 hour power reserve.
With design elements that echo Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms and Bathyscaphe dive watches of the fifties, the new Blancpain dive watch is obviously called the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. The Bathyscaphe is also the brand’s new entry level sports model, fitting in below the Fifty Fathoms Automatic in the Blancpain line-up. The new Bathyscaphe has a 43 mm case with a ceramic bezel, available in either steel with grey dial or black ceramic coated titanium with black dial. It’s water resistant to 300 m, with the automatic, 120-hour power reserve cal. 1315 inside. In addition, the movement has a silicon balance spring. Both versions are available on a nylon or NATO-style canvas strap. The retail price in Singapore is S$14,500 in steel and S$16,600 in titanium, including 7% tax, while in the US they are US$10,500 and US$12,000 respectively. These are a more accessible entry in the Blancpain dive and sport watch category. This compares with S$20,100 (~US$16,400) for the Fifty Fathoms Automatic.
|Bathyscaphe in steel|
A 38 mm ladies version in steel is also available with a white dial and matching strap in either nylon or canvas. This version retails for S$13,200. – SJX