Blancpain’s famed Fifty Fathoms collection is known today as one of the brand’s most utilitarian design families. However, in addition to the collection’s practical, dive-focused wearability, it’s also become a series known for its sense of refined luxury. At this past fall’s WatchTime New York event, for example, the brand showcased one of its more elevated offerings within the line in a blue ceramic-dialed, rose-gold cased edition, highlighting Blancpain’s legendary propensity for raising the luxury bar. This month, Blancpain once again showcases its savoir faire in this space with the unveiling of the new Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours.
The new timepiece, one reference in rose gold and another in grade 23 titanium, is one of the Blancpain’s most haute-horological updates to the Fifty Fathoms collection to date. Enhancing the model’s sporty aesthetic with rare and precious materials is one thing, but adding a sophisticated flying tourbillon movement to it is quite another — and the rare synergy of materials and mechanics succeeds in presenting a fresh update to the iconic line. The duo follows in the footsteps of a previous iteration of the Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours, first unveiled in the late 2010s, here removing the previous version’s standard power-reserve indicator and adding a modern blue color for an overall cleaner and more contemporary style.
The bold 45-mm case, which is water-resistant to 300 meters, is particularly familiar to fans of previous Fifty Fathoms models. Its notable elements include a unidirectional bezel with a blue, domed sapphire crystal insert, the ubiquitous diamond at the 12 o’clock position on its dive scale, as well as subtle guards protecting a large fluted crown and the use of a refined, primarily brushed finishing throughout its facets.
Underneath the sapphire crystal, the sunray blue dial complements the colorway used for the bezel, complete with a matching handset and applied indices. While engaging throughout, the dial’s highlight is clearly the large flying tourbillon found at the 12 o’clock position, its large regulating mechanism providing an engaging view into the mechanical heart of the timepiece.
While impressive, the tourbillon visible through the dial’s aperture is only one element of the Blancpain Caliber 25C that powers the watch. On display behind a sapphire exhibition caseback, the impressive automatic movement is notable not only for its good looks and fine finishing — including the use of a côtes de Genève motif — but also, primarily, for its 192 hours of power reserve which translates in practice to eight days and provides the watch its namesake (Jours meaning “Days” in French).
The titanium version of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours carries a price of $116,600 on a blue NATO strap, $117,300 on a blue sailcloth strap, and $118,800 on a titanium bracelet. The rose-gold model retails for $132,500 on the NATO strap and for $135,700 on the blue sailcloth.
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|Manufacturer:||Blancpain, Le Rocher 12, Le Brassus, Vaud, 1348, Switzerland|
|Reference number:||5025 12B40 NAOA|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, tourbillon|
|Movement:||In-house caliber 25C, automatic, 21,600 vph, 29 jewels, 197 components, 192-hour power reserve, diameter = 26.20 mm, height = 4.86 mm|
|Case:||Titanium or rose-gold case, fluted screw-in crown, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 300 meters, unidirectional sapphire bezel|
|Bracelet and clasp:||NATO strap with a pin buckle|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 45 mm, thickness = 14.8 mm|
|Price:||$116,600 (titanium, blue NATO strap), $117,300 (titanium, blue sailcloth strap), $118,800 (titanium, titanium bracelet), $132,500 (rose-gold, NATO strap), $135,700 (rose-gold, blue sailcloth)|