WatchTime New York, America’s Luxury Watch Show, is coming up in just over two weeks and once again Blancpain, one of the oldest and most distinguished watchmaking maisons, will be there to exhibit its newest timepieces. Headlining the lineup this year will be the new Quantième Complet Phase de Lune from the expanding, vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe collection.
The watch represents a marriage between classical sport and high-horology luxury, with Blancpain’s traditional complete calendar with moon-phase display, a mainstay of the elegant Villeret collection, making its debut in the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe family, which had already begun its move into more complicated options at this year’s Baselworld, including a day-date and an annual calendar.
As on the Villeret model, the Bathyscaphe’s “meteor gray” dial has a distinctive arrangement for its calendar functions, with the day of the week and month appearing in windows, the date indicated by a central pointer hand on a numbered scale, and the moon-phase in a large aperture at 6 o’clock. This “complete calendar” mechanism is protected against inadvertent, potentially harmful adjustments during its midnight date change by a special safety feature. The typical divers’ watch hands and large legible indices are treated with Super-LumiNova for underwater legibility.
Inside the 43-mm satin-brushed steel case, fronted by a unidirectional divers’ bezel with a ceramic insert and hour indices made of LiquidMetal, is Blancpain’s self-winding Caliber 6654.P, composed of 321 total components, including 28 jewels, and storing a 72-hour power reserve. A screw-down crown keeps the case water-resistant to 300 meters. The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Complet Phase de Lune is offered on a sail cloth or NATO-style textile strap or a steel bracelet.
Interested in seeing and trying on the newest model in Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe family for yourself? You can go hands-on with the latest collections from Blancpain and 30 other exhibiting watch brands at WatchTime New York. Tickets are going fast; order yours now!