A new release of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015 has been introduced, the foundation of the brands sporty dive watch collection. The design of this Swiss diver timepiece is excellent, it delivers quality, reliability, character and advanced technology. While the watch is actually water resistant to more than the name suggests, the name was derived from the original dating back to the middle of the 20th century. There was a definite push during this time from all the main brands to test the limits on the sports diving timepieces.
During the 1950’s the first dive watch was created and while it was developed for professional use, it was also available for the general public that just liked the sporty look. It might seem strange since this timepiece is probably one of the only designs that transcends to normal life without any changes. People like the design, they like the functions, it is just a very usable timepiece that works well for work or play. This latest generation is just a clever update to the traditional beauty that has existed since the original design.
The extremely large tourbillon, one of the largest diameter that A. Lange & Sohne produces is 13.2 mm wide. The movement is displayed in grand fashion along with the ability to see through the case to the other side. This timepiece, with these two interesting features, never before existed together, the stop seconds feature, and the zero-reset complication, a partnering that provides you with optimal control of your watch. The stop mechanism along with the zero-reset system are both patented by the brand.
The all sapphire crystal bezel is impressive alone, but the shape of this one adds even more, and the curved design is not only a time consuming process, but also one that requires exceptional care and dedicated craftsmanship. The sapphire crystal provides protection for the bezel, making it almost scratch-proof. While the ceramic bezel is a more modern design, this bezel is not only more expensive to manufacture, but it is also much more beautiful in the final detail, creating a very high end dive watch.
The A. Lange & Sohne brand was born in Glashutte and has never disappointed in design or quality. The latest the brand has developed is the new honey gold color, an invention that is a novel gold alloy and presents a light brass look. A resemblance to the patina, the German silver look, is quite beautiful and is proprietary to the brand for now. So if you are looking for something unique with the utmost in precision, you have found it.
The hands of the timepiece, even the seconds hand, hour markers and the bezel are covered in SuperLumiNova, making it one of the brightest dials and when it is charged by the light, it is truly spectacular. The actual depth for the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is closer to 300 meters, or 1000 feet. Improving the cases through the years the brand has kept the clean look and incorporates a date window on the dial between 4 and 5 o’clock, keeping the hour markers clear. The greatest quality components are used by the brand to deliver this exquisite timepiece.
The case of the piece is 45mm wide, and the entire case is offered in polished steel, at 15.5 mm thickness. The Automatique uses the brand in-house made caliber 1315 automatic movement and has a brilliant long power reserve of 120 hours. This timepiece is also anti-magnetic and while that means you don’t get the exhibition case back window, you do get a elegant, high quality horological masterpiece. Finishing the watch is the canvas strap that is perhaps not the best description since it is a coated rubbery band that is water resistant and very comfortable on the wrist.
Blancpain offers this timeless sports watch in several versions and certainly the refinement of the design is wonderful for day or night wear. Depending on your use and what version might be attractive for you, there is no doubt that the reliability and precision of the piece is brand reputable and will be a great value for any lover of the diver collection.