Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blancpain 500 Fathoms


via Watchluxus
"The exceptional 500 Fathoms Only Watch N°1/1 was specially conceived and developed for this cause. This world-class sports model featuring an uncompromising design and accomplished performances celebrates its legendary origins in the world’s first modern diver’s watch, the famous Fifty Fathoms by Blancpain.

Loyal to an almost decade-long commitment to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, Blancpain is reaffirming its support by introducing an exceptional model: the 500 Fathoms Only Watch N°1/1, a unique diver’s watch intended for demanding and refined connoisseurs. Endowed with a new face, new dimensions and new performances, the 500 Fathoms may be considered the “big sister” (in size terms) of the famous Fifty Fathoms.

More imposing than its predecessors, the 48 mm-diameter 500 Fathoms Only Watch N°1/1 is water-resistant to 1000 metres. An automatic decompression valve housed inside the brushed titanium case, guarantees the watch’s security and reliability without any intervention by its owner. Unique in the world, the anthracite grey dial of the 500 Fathoms Only Watch N°1/1 is adorned with a carbon fibre centre. A tinted blue sapphire ring provides a transparent view of the date disc rotating beneath a window at 6 o’clock. The luminescent coating applied to the hourmarkers, bezel markings and hands, along with the red tip of the central seconds hand, ensure optimal read-off in all circumstances. The easy-grip raised notched unidirectional rotating bezel facilitates handling, while the titanium and scratchproof sapphire crystal bezel is slightly domed to reduce the risk of impacts.

The sapphire crystal case-back enables one to admire the self-winding Calibre 1315, as well as its entirely hand-decorated oscillating weight shaped like a boat propeller. The 500 Fathoms Only Watch N°1/1 is equipped with a rubber-lined black sail canvas strap, while an additional rubber strap and the dedicated instrument required to fix it complete the set, delivered in an ultra-sturdy watertight presentation box able to withstand extreme conditions."

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