The Most Versatile Diving Watch Blancpain Fifty Lunar Calendar Full Moon Phase Flyback Chronograph Review

Compared to Blancpain’s vintage Bathyscaphe watch, this conventional fifty-year full-calendar moon phase flyback chronograph is obviously much more high-profile, and that Contrary to this type of submersible, this watch is definitely the kind that will feel very good at first glance, a highly polished case; a thick bezel; a deep sea blue; up to 7 hands; and In the 45 mm fashion size, every element is stimulating your visual nerves.

   The new Fifty Fathoms series we are seeing was born in 2007. This year Blancpain launched the Fifty Fathoms series which includes an automatic version, a flyback timing version, and an exciting floating tourbillon version. The series brings new life. As a result, it has also witnessed the continuous evolution of Blancpain from the single watch to the love of exquisite mechanical clock manufacturing, and finally gave birth to the glorious history of a variety of professional watch styles.

   This fifty-year full-calendar moon phase flyback chronograph is another member of the new fifty-year series. It was born in 2010. Its model is 5066F-1140-52B, which is the most versatile in the fifty-year series. The watch, of course, also has two brothers, namely the single timed version of the nylon strap model 5085F.B-1140-52B and the single timed version of the steel chain model 5085F.B-1140-71B. This is the blue chronograph family that constitutes the Fifty Fathoms series. I personally think that if you buy the Fifty Fathoms that you wear everyday, you must buy the chronograph, and when you buy the chronograph, you must buy the blue.

   The reason is simple. Compared with black, blue is undoubtedly more beautiful and attractive, especially its blue arc-shaped scratch-resistant sapphire crystal bezel. Technically speaking, it is similar to the liquid of deep submersibles. The metal bezel is comparable. It is a special patented technology that glues different steel bezels of different materials, different hardness, and different heat, fluorescent scale and sapphire crystal together. In theory, blue should be more difficult to make than black.

  Having said the color, let’s talk about the movement. Following the tradition of innovation and excellence of Blancpain watches, the newly added San Mi Caliber movement in the Fifty Fathoms family consists of 448 parts. In the past, the full-calendar moon phase watch introduced by the watch factory has a limit on the time for tuning the watch. A little careless handling will cause the loss of the watch’s full-calendar function. The full calendar watch has Blancpain’s original hidden tuning function, which can ensure the smooth operation of the watch day and night, allowing the wearer to worry about tuning anytime and anywhere without compromising the stability of the watch.

  Frederic Piguet (hereafter referred to as FP) is undoubtedly among the best independent movement manufacturers in Switzerland today. It was founded in 1858 by Mr. Louis Elysee Pigue in the Le Brassus area of ​​Vallee de Joux. It only produces a series of very high-end basic machines, and no longer assembles the entire watch. Although FP was acquired by the SMH Group in 1993, its design and production have always maintained its original style. Today, this movement factory is controlled by Blancpain Watch Factory. Historically, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin have also been users of FP advanced movements. Its clients are notable: Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, Gerald Genta ,, IWC, Ulysse Nardin, Chopard, Piaget, and Breitling.

   FP movements have a wide range of recognition in today’s watch industry: first-class quality, creative, elegant internal structure, perfect engineering and polishing; its movement is easy to identify, polished and beautifully modified, can It is said that the same work with PP is similar to the same story. At the same time, due to the clever arrangement and compatibility of the structure, they are also easily modified and upgraded. Let me briefly talk about the background of this legendary movement. 1185 is a well-known chronograph movement. It should be the best and at the same time one of the smallest and thinnest chronograph movements. It was launched in 1988 and is an upgraded version of the 1195 movement. It has a diameter of 26.0 mm and a thickness. 5.4 mm, wobble frequency is 21,600 times per hour. The column-shaped chronograph splint of the 1185 movement only increased the diameter by 0.4 mm and the thickness by 0.9 mm from the original 1195. The calendar window was changed to 6 o’clock, and 1195 was to 3 o’clock. The rest of the technical details are the same as 1195. In addition, the movement also provides a double-tracking version (1186) and can be added with a repeater function. Currently used in most Blancpain stopwatches (including dual tracking hands), perpetual calendar chronograph and flyback and other complex models.

  I think that whether it is a normal model, a timepiece, or a full-calendar timepiece, each has its own uniqueness. In the end, it depends on what you want most!

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