Since the establishment of the Monaco Muscular Atrophy Association (AMM) in 2001, Blancpain has consistently provided firm support to the association. This year, the brand has taken inspiration from the new Fifty Fathoms Barakuda limited edition watch and created a special timepiece for the OnlyWatch charity auction to be held in Geneva on November 9, 2019. Blancpain’s eighth orphan watch customized for the charity.
In 1953, the Fifty Fathoms watch was officially put into production and marketed. Once it came out, it quickly became a mechanical diving watch that met the actual diving needs of professional and amateur divers in the military and civilian fields, and entered the world stage. Frogmen serving in the world’s major marines quickly adopted it as a basic configuration and incorporated it into their standard equipment. Among them, France was the first country to equip its navy with a Fifty Fathoms watch for underwater missions. Other military elites followed, including the German Navy in the 1960s, who bought the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch through Barakuda, a company specializing in the production and sale of diving equipment. In addition to military watches, the company also introduced a unique style of civilian watches for the German market. The watch features two-tone rectangular hour markers, white luminous hands, and a highly readable date display at 3 o’clock on the dial. Some watches in this series are also equipped with heat-resistant rubber straps, which at that time were sought after by many diving enthusiasts for their extreme durability and comfort.
The new Fifties Barakuda ‘OnlyWatch’ not only restores and further interprets the aesthetic characteristics of the prototype watch in the late 1960s, but also takes the rich experience and technical innovation that Blancpain has accumulated in the watchmaking field for a long time to the extreme. . The watch features a black dial with white hour-markers coated with Super-LumiNova blue luminous coating, and is equipped with the same material hands and bezel. Among them, the pencil-shaped hands are covered with white coating, and the second hands are set with light blue edges. The key element of the prototype watch, the date, returns to the same position as the original watch in the new model in the form of a large window. Blancpain cleverly combines the retro style elements of the watch with the iconic unidirectional rotating bezel and light blue scale, and it is inlaid with scratch-resistant curved sapphire glass to protect it carefully. This is a brand launched in 2003. Innovative technologies. This orphan watch is water-resistant to 300 meters and is equipped with a 40mm diameter stainless steel case, which is a special size of the Fifty Fathoms Limited Edition. The watch is equipped with a 1151 self-winding movement, which retains its excellent sports functions and also reflects the fine-tuned sanding process. Through the sapphire glass case back, the oscillating weight engraved with ‘OnlyWatch’ and the Blancpain logo is clearly legible.
Blancpain takes inspiration from its classic masterpieces and drives the double barrel with a cleverly carved oscillating weight. The unique geometry above can not only improve the smoothness of the oscillating weight, but also reduce the damage of the watch when it is accidentally impacted. .
The new Fifty Fathoms Barakuda ‘OnlyWatch’ is equipped with a heat-resistant rubber strap like its prototype model, which fully reflects the perfect combination of retro design and advanced technology.