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Blancpain X Fathoms. The " Epithoms " of the Fifty Fathoms?

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amanico
Invited by some friends from Red Bar ( Yes, Adam Craniotes, you were in the conversations, and in good terms, of course! ) we had a nice moment around the Fifty Fathoms, modern and vintage, at the Blancpain Paris Boutique. Among the watches I wanted to see and feel, there was one, which always had a special place in my heart and imagination, the X Fathoms. When I saw the first pictures, I immediately thought it was the Epitome ( the spelling on the title was just for fun and provocation ) of the Fifty Fathoms. .....Story

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Hands on with the new Fifty Fathoms Grande Date

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shortys home
Since it’s release in 2007 the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique has seen quite a number of variations, we have seen two limited versions with historic roots (Tribute to Fifty Fathoms and Tribute to Aqua Lung), a few white FF (one plain, others with MOP dials), the DLC coated Dark Knight, some in precious metals (polished and brished rose gold and white gold with blue dial), a brushed steel FF with a blue Flinqué dial and last year’s titanium FF with blue dial. The one version I personally expected (and ... ...Story

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How to properly deal with heritage timepieces: a visit to the Blancpain Vintage Atelier

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shortys home
On my wishlist for further exploration, a visit to the Vintage Atelier at Blancpain in Le Brassus was very high up... and now I had the chance to meet with the team that takes care of all Blancpain timepieces prior to 1981. And of course I’d like to take you along by sharing my impressions... Located in the old farmhouse in Le Brassus, the heart of the Valleè de Joux, the Vintage Atelier occupies only one room with 4 watchmaker workplaces, but it has the opportunity to reach out to all Blancpain facilities .....Story

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Vintage Blancpain Fifty Fathoms: A story of Tornek Rayville.

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amanico
I got my first Tornek Rayville in 2008, after some years of searches and hunt. You can imagine that the moment was quite intense. A Tornek Rayville! Mine! Finally! A military watch which made and still makes a lot of watch aficionados dream. I owned it for four years, till the day I was given the choice to make a trade between my Nr 103 ( All the TR 900 are numbered, at the exception of a very few, but the question remains to know if these " sterile " were issued or not, and the Number 20.....Story

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A visit to Blancpain in the Vallée de Joux

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“ Blancpain perpetuates its historical links with Switzerland's oldest watchmaking tradition by making its timepieces at Le Brassus and Le Sentier, respectively a village and a hamlet in the Joux Valley. This region of the Waldensian Jura is imbued with the soul of the watchmaker's art. Clockmaking began here in about 1740, and its workshops are still the source of 90% of the complications of Swiss mechanical watchmaking ” (Blancpain website) Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit Blancpain in ... ...Story

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The History of the Fifty Fathoms

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DrStrong
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms A review based on articles by S. Ciejka, R. Bruyeron, K. Knirim and the Blancpain website The Origins In 1952, two French naval officers, Commander Robert "Bob" Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud were instructed by the Ministry of Defense and the French Navy to set up an elite unit called "Les Nageurs de combat" - i.e...Story

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BaselWorld 2016: Close-up with the Blancpain Métiers d'Art in Obsidian & Rokushō Gold!

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Ornatus-Mundi
One of the fascinating aspects of horology is not only its historical, technical and aesthetical sophistication, but also its natural association with complementary arts. One brand that traditionally understood this connection was Blancpain , who already presented a great number of fantastically crafted timepieces. Many of them featured ancient Asian, often Japanese, techniques, owing to the personal connection their CEO Marc Hayek has with this region. During BaselWorld, we had the chance to appreciate this .....Story

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda.

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amanico
It has been a long time we didn't discuss that one. I am generally not a big fan of dates, even on FFs. But this one is one of the rare exceptions to my rule. I could take 5 in picture, but was never able to own one...Story

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7 years of love. Your story with the Fifty Fathoms

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amanico
7 years that I got this early Military ( sorry for the redundance ) Milspec! A Lucky find. A good friend of mine was travelling in the US, and one of his friends offered him to buy this Watch. My friend called me in the middle of the night, which is not a problem for the Vlad in me, and told me that. I asked him to send me a picture of the Watch, to check some détails, such as the hacking seconds, and the case back, and when all the lights were green, I told him " GO ".....Story

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Testing Blancpain’s Fifty Fathom Bathyscape: Finding Ariel’s song in the ‘Big Blue’.

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Hard to imagine that a little over 60 years ago, there was no dive watch market! There were some specialist dive watches developed for military purposes, but to all intents and purposes, these were not available to the civilian population. In today’s market there is hardly any single watch firm that does not have a dive in its line up; they have become a requirement for most watchmakers whether in the haute horologerie market or not. Dive watches were developed by two firms in particular: Rolex and Blancpain. .....Story

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