BLANCPAIN, THE LUXURY YATCHING WATCHMAKER

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Blancpain is proud to be taking part for the 6th year in the Cannes International Boatshow. On this auspicious occasion, the Manufacture in Le Brassus is launching the first ten watches of a brand-new Fifty Fathoms model – a Flyback Chronograph with Complete Calendar and Moon Phases. With this exceptional new timepiece, Blancpain is not only broadening the range of its daring sporty creations, but also underscoring its attachment to the maritime world.

The latest newcomer to the Fifty Fathoms line is driven by a complex 448-part movement featuring a series of innovations developed by Blancpain. The complete calendar and the moon phase are associated with Calibre F185 which gives users exceptional freedom to modify each indication at any time of the day or night. Generally speaking, complete calendar
and moon phase mechanisms prohibit any adjustment of the displays during certain periods of time, since such corrections might damage the delicate calendar components. Blancpain has provided an innovative response to this issue in the form of a unique construction that means the owner of the watch no longer needs to worry about finding the right time to adjust the calendar indications. Better still, the operation itself is facilitated by the under-lug correctors, another Blancpain patented innovation. This device makes it possible to perform the corrections with a fingertip, rather than needing to resort to a pointed instrument specifically designed for this purpose.

The mechanical heart of this Blancpain chronograph consists of a classic flyback movement controlled by a column wheel and a vertical coupling-clutch. The 45mm-diameter stainless steel case is fitted with a unidirectional blue sapphire crystal bezel and a matching dial.

The Fifty Fathoms was born in 1953 from the encounter between Blancpain and two officers – Captain Robert “Bob” Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud – who were entrusted by the French Ministry of Defence with creating an elite “Combat Divers” unit. The model proved its worth by successfully facing up to the extreme conditions characteristic of
underwater missions. The water resistance of the original model, guaranteed to a depth of 50 fathoms (equivalent to 91.45 metres) and equipped with a unique one-way rotating bezel system, gave its name to this mechanical masterpiece that rapidly asserted itself as the archetypal modern, reliable and sturdy diver's watch.

Blancpain has consistently paid tribute to its historical ties with the maritime world. In 2007, the Manufacture in Le Brassus chose the setting of the Cannes International Boatshow to launch its “new wave” Fifty Fathoms. Last year, Blancpain created a series dedicated to sealovers: the now famous 500 Fathoms. And now in 2010, with the introduction of its new Fifty Fathoms Flyback Chronograph with Complete Calendar and Moon Phases, Blancpain’s history is once again being written in… navy blue !