Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique: Malaysia Price And ReviewWritten by Leong Wong
Blancpain channels sporty chic with the new Fifty Fathoms.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is without question the icon of the diving genre, for it is the yardstick by which its modern mechanical peers are measured.
When it was launched in 1953, it consolidated in one body the features that are now considered the standard of such instruments, from a uni-directional rotating bezel and luminescent markings to a large triangle and generously-sized Arabic numerals that ensure legibility in low-light conditions.
While its aesthetics haven’t changed much since the 1950s, Blancpain has tweaked the Fifty Fathoms over the years to improve its utility and appearance. For 2019, the timepiece has received a stylish makeover in cobalt blue ceramic and satin-brushed red gold.
The new model features a blue sapphire crystal uni-directional rotating bezel with luminous minute markers.
The matching dial—protected by a curved scratch-proof sapphire crystal—is made of high-tech ceramic, which is six times harder than steel. Its natural qualities also give the impression of chromatic depth, as seen with the contrasting sunburst-finished central dial and matte chapter ring.
The latter is decorated with numerals and hour markers coated in lume (like the gold sword-shaped hands) that’s much brighter than those of its predecessors.
Within the belly of the rose-gold case, which comes in at a hefty 45mm, is an automatic movement that has been specially developed for sports watches. It has a very dense red-gold oscillating weight that ensures high winding efficiency for an optimal five-day power reserve when the watch is fully wound. Meanwhile, the cut-out rotor is a nod to the history of the Fifty Fathoms.
The bold double alliance of materials and colours may seem like an unusual choice for a diving watch. But who can resist, when the new Fifty Fathoms’ summery disposition has us dreaming of carefree holidays spent lazing on the beach?
|45mm satin-brushed red gold|
|Sunburst ceramic blue with luminous gold numerals, indexes and hands, date window|
In-house COSC-certified self-winding Calibre MT5813
|Blue calf leather|
|Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
Editor, CROWN Malaysia
A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.
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