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Blancpain X Fathoms Watch

Blancpain X Fathoms Watch Watch Releases

Blancpain just released the new X Fathoms dive watch that it has been promoting for a while now. Launched in Dubai, the new super diver contains a mechanical depth gauge as well as a few interesting features. One of those is a retrograde five minute counter on the dial that is always running. This is meant to be used for measuring decompression times. No other diving watch in the world has ever looked like this.

Blancpain X Fathoms Watch Watch Releases

Blancpain X Fathoms Watch Watch Releases

According to Blancpain the mechanical depth gauge (which can measure up to 90 meters of depth) is the most accurate one in the world. Other brands such as IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre have watches with mechanical depth gauges. The gauge has two hands to indicate the current depth and a maximum depth reached during that dive hand. Blancpain says one of the major innovations involves the way the depth meter works. Water enters the hex grill on the back of the watch and interacts with a flexible metal membrane. Sounds interesting. Don’t miss that the dial also has the time. In one of the images here you can see a diagram of what all the items on the dial and case are and do. Another image offers you some basic instructions on how the X Fathoms watch is to be used.

Blancpain X Fathoms Watch Watch Releases

The design of the case is very retro futuristic. Much of that is thanks to the neat looking strap. The very large case is 55.65mm wide and done in titanium. It is water resistant to 300 meters and has a sapphire inlaid rotating diver’s bezel. Aside from it being rather busy, the dial design is cool, and there is lots of lume. The modern look of the watch feels more like a sports car than a timepiece, but the effort is appreciated.

Blancpain X Fathoms Watch Watch Releases

Blancpain X Fathoms Watch Watch Releases

According to Blancpain the rubber strap is the most complex rubber strap ever. It is supposed to have a number of articulating parts and “wings” that wrap around like the wings on a manta ray. Inside the watch is a Blancpain made caliber 9918B automatic that has 5 days of power reserve and the above functions. It is based on the brand’s existing caliber 1315 automatic movement.

Lots of people seeing the X Fathoms watch are left scratching their heads a bit. Is this Blancpain? Is this what the brand does and where it’s sports pieces are going? Is there going to be a hand-engraved option? I don’t have all the “why” answers but I do know that the piece by itself is interesting. It is meant for very wealthy water enthusiasts who want a serious companion for actual dives, or something fun for the pool/club. No one is arguing that this watch is necessary or even needed. Whether or not it is an actual innovation sits by the side to the fun looks and interesting experience. Why do you think Blancpain launched it at the mall in Dubai? Price is estimated by Blancpain to be 30,000 – 40,000 Swiss Francs when it will be release in mid 2012.

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  • Ulysses

    This thing looks awesome. I applaud their efforts to do something different. The dial is just a little busy but that’s only a minor issue compared to how cool the rest of it looks. I’m not sure if that hexagonal pattern is in fact a grille or not.

  • Stefan_D

    Awesome design,very nice divewatch,different from the ‘standard’ TUNA CAN look of the Seiko’s, probably a bit more expensive since I could not find the price but never the less,.
    8/10

  • funkright

    i like this much better than the panerai iteration!

  • Eric

    Not to be nitpicky, but must it have the maker’s name on every part of the watch?? If I saw someone wearing this, I would be sure to ask who made it – just to have some fun. 😉

  • kris c

    Now this is a funky slice of White bread. Very forward-looking design that I quite enjoy, although 55+mm is pretty hugemongous.

    Very clever using the ‘9’ from the time dial to co-exist as the 9 for the depth gauge.

    The fake lume shot is a bit cheesy though; is that just a marketing image to show where the lume has been applied? I’m also a bit lost on the dual ‘real depth gauge’ hands. One goes to 90m, the other to 15m. Not sure I understand the point (although I’m not a serious diver), but at any rate, would it not make more sense that the 2nd hand went to 10 only, and reset itself after every 10m, so you could accurately understand your actual depth: the 0 – 90 scale leaves a lot fo guess work inbetween the 10s, and if this is such a hyper-accurate gauge, then it would be nice to know exactly where you are with no guess work.

  • Rich B

    Sorry but this is just bad.

  • sschew

    I think there are production issues with the watch.  Fall 2013 and still no sign of this beast.

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