It’s noisy, it’s fun and it’s exciting… Monochrome was sufficiently fortunate to go through the week-end with Blancpain at Le Castellet (circuit Paul Ricard). Bentley took its first Endurance Cup triumph in the Blancpain GT Series in three years in the day-night 1000km race. We accepted the open door to “get our hands grimy” investigating the wonderful Bathyscaphe Chronograph.
Watchmaking and motorsport have been partners for quite a long time. In the course of recent years, Blancpain has arisen as perhaps the most dynamic watch brands in the field of motorsport. The assembling has become a main name in GT dashing, with the creation of the Blancpain GT Series (a extraordinary model in the field of car/watch partnerships), the biggest GT series on the planet. Blancpain is the authority watch and title supporter of the competition that combines the effective format of the Blancpain perseverance series with the two-race run format of the run series. The two formats keep their separate classifications yet have been joined together under the Blancpain GT Series title (2016) – Take a look at our video report here, at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps .
The Blancpain GT Series is primarily saved for GT3 cars. The following is the Ferrari 488 GT3 of Kessel Racing (888 – Duyver, Perel, Zanuttini) as the group was planning for the passing race.
As this cool week-end additionally allowed me the chance to go hands-on with a Blancpain watch, I chose to pick the Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. Indeed, the watch is essential for the jump watch assortment, yet it is dead stunning and its dynamic look makes it similarly as at home behind the directing wheel of a race car… A wonder that would effectively discover parking spot in my collection.
At once, lively and exquisite, the Bathyscaphe Flyback chronograph establishes a solid first connection with its dynamic retro-motivated plan. At 43.6 mm in width, the smooth case is accessible either in brushed dark ceramic or in satin-brushed steel. It features mushroom-type push-pieces, a fluted crown and a scratch-confirmation earthenware unidirectional bezel bearing hour markers loaded up with fluid metal.
The somewhat raised dial is delivered in dark (ceramic case) or meteor dim tone (steel case). It is flawlessly executed with a delicate satin finish and glowing applied markers. The spread out of the sub-counters is pleasantly adjusted notwithstanding the watch’s huge diameter.
Not simply a lovely face (and as you’ve come to anticipate from Blancpain) the Bathyscaphe is worked around a sublime development. The brand’s chronograph has been controlled for quite a long time by the type 1185 (earlier Frédéric Piguet now Blancpain), a great twin-barrel section wheel chronograph actually produced for various models from Blancpain and other very good quality makers. In any case, in this case, the development is the cutting edge F385 type, one of the new improvements from the brand.
The F385 is a 31.80 mm automatic chronograph (versus 26.2 mm for the 1185) with section haggle grasp. This high-recurrence development runs at 36’000 vibrations each hour which considers upgraded exactness. It integrates the latest innovations from the production. The offset is free-sprung with gold regulating screws and is fitted with a silicon hair-spring. The development is obvious through the sapphire case back and it is wonderfully decorated with a spotless, present day finish, the rotor is in 18K gold coated with NAC… an ideal fit with the soul of the watch.
Despite the rather huge measurement, the watch wears truly well. It has a solid presence on the wrist however it is additionally light and comfortable. The Blancpain Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph is paired with a Nato or sail material tie with pin clasp. The steel rendition is additionally accessible with a bracelet.
For more information, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.blancpain.com and www.blancpain-gt-series.com .
Technical specifications – Blancpain Bathyscaphe Flyback chronograph
- Case: 43.6 mm x 15.25 mm (43 mm x 14.85 mm for the steel adaptation) – fired – sapphire precious stone with AR coating – sapphire caseback – 30 ATM/300 m water resistant.
- Movement: Caliber F385 with automatic winding – 31.8 mm – 50 h power save – 36’000 vibrations each hour – 37 gems – hours, minutes, seconds, date and flyback chronograph. 322 parts.
- Strap: nato or sail canvas.
- Price: CHF 16’000 (artistic) CHF 13’800 (steel)
- Reference: 5200-0130-B52 A (artistic on texture) 5200-0130-NAB A (fired on nato) 5200-1110-B52 A (steel on texture) 5200-1110-NAB A (steel on nato)