The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Bucherer BLUE
Text: Lucerne, 18 October 2018
Blancpain and Bucherer are not only united by their successful partnership and shared pursuit of excellence, but also the colour blue. For Blancpain, this colour symbolises the passion for the underwater world. This long-standing partnership will now be celebrated with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Bucherer BLUE.
The Bathyscaphe was developed by Blancpain at the end of the 1950s as the civilian answer to the military diver’s watch – smaller in size yet suitable for use in all conditions. Today’s version looks equally stunning under water and on land and is powered by an in-house movement (F385 calibre) with a balance wheel that beats 36,000 times per hour (5 Hz). It is equipped with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism and a vertical clutch. The flyback function enables the wearer to reset and instantly restart the chronograph simply by pressing the push button at 4 o’clock. Moreover, the water-resistant chronograph push buttons also allow for underwater use to depths of 300 metres without any risk of damaging the watch.
The special Bathyscaphe for Bucherer BLUE marks the first time that Blancpain has released a watch crafted completely from blue ceramic. Other unique elements include the unidirectional rotating bezel in satin-polished ceramic with ceramic inlays and Liquidmetal® indexes, and the 18K gold rotor featuring a Bucherer engraving. All of the elegant design elements that have characterised the Bathyscaphe diver’s watch since the beginning have been retained.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Bucherer BLUE, ceramic, 43.6 mm, in-house automatic movement, flyback function, date display, 50-hour power reserve
About the Bucherer BLUE
The Bucherer BLUE watch collection comprises 25 exclusive timepieces that Bucherer created in cooperation with 13 renowned watch manufacturers.
For 130 years, Bucherer has offered its customers a large selection of outstanding timepieces from first-class watchmakers. Its unique relations with the most distinguished brands in the industry are the fruit of many years of continuous collaboration, rooted in know-how, mutual respect and exceptional technical expertise. These rare partnerships produced the 25 men’s and ladies’ watches from the exclusive Bucherer BLUE collection, which Bucherer developed jointly with the watchmakers Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Blancpain, Carl F. Bucherer, Chopard, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, H. Moser & Cie., Panerai, Piaget, TAG Heuer, Tudor and Vacheron Constantin. The central theme of the collection is the colour blue. For countless artists over the centuries, blue has been a source of inspiration, reminding us of the sky and sea, and of the blue blood of the nobility. It has also become a symbol of the company Bucherer, and hence an identifying feature of the Bucherer brand.
Founded in 1888, the family company Bucherer has one of the most distinguished traditions in Europe’s watch and jewellery industry, and over the last 130 years has established for itself an exclusive reputation with its range of exquisite jewellery and prize-winning creations. Its boutiques also offer the company’s international clientele a wide range of luxury watches from renowned brands. Bucherer is present at 33 exclusive locations in Europe: with 15 stores in Switzerland, 10 in Germany, a flagship store in Vienna, the world’s largest watch and jewellery store in Paris, a store in Copenhagen, Denmark, and four boutiques in London. In January 2018, Bucherer also took over the US luxury watch retailer Tourneau, which has 28 stores across the US. And in summer 2018, the watch family took over another establishment – Baron & Leeds – with its three luxury watch and jewellery stores in Hawaii. The company employs over 2,400 staff and is currently managed by Jörg G. Bucherer, meaning it has now been under the stewardship of the Bucherer family for three generations. The Bucherer headquarters remain in Lucerne to this day.