Collabs are hot. Whether it is in fashion, cars or watches, people love the collaborations that lead to creative results. Bucherer has been doing collabs with watch brands and labelled them “Bucherer Blue Editions” for quite a while now. Just recently we showed you the Vacheron Constantin Bucherer Blue Editions watches, and now it is time to make it a bit more sporty with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Bucherer Blue Editions.
The use of blue is appropriate when it comes to this collab, as the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is a true diver’s watch. Originally, the Bathyscaphe was developed by Blancpain at the end of the 1950’s to be a perfect civilian divers watch (and an answer to the military diver’s watch). The Bathyscaphe was decently sized, so it could also be used outside the water.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Bucherer Blue Editions is packed with technology, in terms of materials and mechanics of course. The case is made of (blue) ceramic, and measures 43.6 mm in diameter. Of course, the bezel is also made of ceramic and has received a satin-polish finish. The scale of the bezel is done using LiquidMetal technology, which you might recognize from watches of that other big Swatch Group brand. What’s also interesting is that the pushers of the (flyback) chronograph, can be used underwater. Even up to 30 bars (~300 meters). Just in case.
This special edition for the Bucherer Blue Editions is the first Blancpain Bathyscaphe to be created entirely from blue ceramics. It really is true to the concept of Bucherer in that respect. The case back has a sapphire crystal, so you can admire its mechanics.
Blancpain used the calibre F385 movement for this watch, which is a high-beat movement with its 36,000vph (~5hz, measuring 1/10th of a second) and will ensure a very smooth moving seconds hand. Furthermore, it has a column-wheel chronograph with flyback function. This means you can instantly reset the movement (without pushing stop first) by using the lower pusher. This in-house developed and manufactured movement has an 18-carat gold rotor with a Bucherer engraving. Before I forget, the movement has a power reserve of 50 hours.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Bucherer Bue Editions reference 5200-0340-O52A has a retail price of CHF17’800.00 Swiss Francs.
More information and ordering via the Bucherer website.
Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more