Blancpain Launches the Second Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Timepiece

Blancpain Launches the Second Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Timepiece

Following Blancpain’s release of Fifty Fathoms Act 1, the brand welcomes the second installment of timepieces in celebrating its 70th anniversary. As a contemporary update of the horologer’s revolutionary diver’s watch, the new model underwent five years of intensive testing and is co-developed by Blancpain’s CEO and President, Marc A. Hayek in association with Laurent Ballesta’s Gombessa Expeditions — aptly named the Act 2 Tech Gombessa.

Boasting a water resistance of 30 ATM with a helium valve, the Tech Gombessa’s spotlighted feature is actually its ability to measure up to three-hour-long immersions. Its appearance exhibited general attributes of Fifty Fathoms watches, but instead of the traditional sapphire bezel inlay, black ceramic is adopted for a more prominent and curved dial fit.

Legibility is of the utmost importance when diving underwater. The Act 2 timepiece optimizes its absolute black dial with a spherical crystal to eliminate potential visual distortion. Meanwhile, indices are coated in luminescent orange to differentiate time-related readings from diving times. Despite a 47mm case size, the timepiece is constructed of ultra-light grade 23 titanium to ensure comfortable wear with a barely-there weight.

More information on the Act 2 Tech Gombessa can be found at Blancpain’s official website.

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