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In the late 1950s, Jean-jac­ques Fiechter, Blanc­pain's then-ceo and in­ven­tor of the Fifty Fath­oms divers’ watch, in­tro­duced an in­no­va­tion that would en­able that time­piece to meet the strict stan­dards for U.S. mil­i­tary use. at fea­ture — a cir­cu­lar wa­ter­tight­ness in­di­ca­tor on the dial — has been res­ur­rected in the new Trib­ute to Fifty Fath­oms MILSPEC, the lat­est vin­tage-in­spired take on the Fifty Fath­oms.

e in­di­ca­tor at 6 o’clock that changed its color from white to red if liq­uid leaked into the case was a fol­low-up in­ven­tion to sev­eral oth­ers Blanc­pain had in­tro­duced in the Fifty Fath­oms mod­els — among them the first in­te­rior O-ring seal­ing sys­tem for case­backs and the now-ubiq­ui­tous uni­di­rec­tional div­ing bezel.

e mod­ern re-in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the MIL-SPEC is pow­ered by Blanc­pain's in-house, au­to­matic move­ment, Cal­iber 1151, with two main­spring bar­rels. Vis­i­ble through a sap­phire win­dow in the back of the 40-mm stain­less-steel case, its other at­tributes in­clude a four-day power re­serve, a solid gold wind­ing ro­tor, coated with the plat­inum al­loy NAC and en­graved with a Blanc­pain logo; and its bal­ance spring made of low-den­sity, shock-re­sis­tant, mag­netismim­per­vi­ous sil­i­con.

e Blanc­pain Trib­ute to Fifty Fath­oms MIL-SPEC comes on a NATO or sail cloth strap (price: $14,000) or on a steel bracelet ($16,200) and is lim­ited to 500 pieces.

— Blanc­pain added a trio of new time­pieces to its el­e­gant, his­tor­i­cally in­spired Villeret col­lec­tion at this year’s Basel­world, in­clud­ing a model that tracks not only the day and date, but the week of the year, along the out­side edge of the dial, us­ing a blued ser­pen­tine cen­tral hand that has a lit­tle crook at the end.

e Villeret Se­mainier Grande Date 8 Jours is pow­ered by the au­to­matic Cal­iber 3738G2 with a ti­ta­nium vari­able-in­er­tia bal­ance with gold mi­cro­met­ric reg­u­la­tion screws. It has an eight-day power re­serve thanks to three main­spring bar­rels.

e dial comes with Ro­man nu­mer­als on a grand feu enamel back­ground and gold leaf­shaped hands. e chapter ring and Blanc­pain logo are enamel painted. e rose-gold case has a di­am­e­ter of 42 mm; cor­rec­tors at 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock ad­just the day of the week and week of the year, re­spec­tively (the large date is set via the crown). Price: $36,300.

Blanc­pain Villeret Se­mainier Grande Date 8 Jours

Blanc­pain Cal­iber 1151

Blanc­pain “Trib­ute to Fifty Fath­oms MIL-SPEC”

Blanc­pain Cal­iber 3738G2

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