Hands-on: BLANCPAIN Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

The Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback goes green…

Key facts: Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph 路 date and small seconds 路 green dial 路 unidirectional satin-brushed black ceramic bezel with green ceramic insert and Liquidmetal hour-markers 路 self-winding 路 Thickness = 15,25 mm 路 Diameter = 43,60 mm 路 Lug-to-lug = 51 mm 路 Water-resistance 30 bar (each bar corresponds to a 10-metre water column.)

Dial

Dozens of steps are required to achieve a perfect color and finish… Once the initial phases devoted to the shape and apertures have been completed, the dial is polished in two stages: the first to remove scratches; and the second to obtain a soft, smooth appearance. This is followed by a series of processes designed to give the surface a special texture, including a sunburst effect that endows the dial with a pattern of lines radiating from the centre. The chronograph counters are then hollowed out and snailed to create greater overall depth. The highly technical colouring process can now begin. The dial is coated with several nanometric layers of material. Transformed by the surface, rays of light reflect the desired hue. The dial of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback can then reveal its subtle shades of green which change according to the angle of illumination, sometimes taking on metallic shades.

Calibre F385

The movement with 50 hours of power reserve is equipped with a and a chronograph mechanism controlled by a . It has a function that enables the chronograph to be reset to zero and restarted instantaneously by simply pressing the push-piece at 4 o’clock. The balance-wheel with its oscillates at a frequency of (= 36.000 A/h), enabling each second to be divided into 1/10th intervals.

Price

15.430 Euro (including 16 % VAT)