The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Watch

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A limited-edition timepiece that brings a vintage icon back to life.

Originally launched by Swiss watch brand Blancpain in the 1950s, the Fifty Fathoms collection marked the introduction of the first purpose-built, modern diver watch. The design became the archetypal diver’s watch. Part of the same series, the Barakuda model made its debut in the ‘60s. Now, Blancpain has re-launched the range with a selection of timepieces that keep the same features of the beloved icons while incorporating innovative technology in their design. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda watch is a limited-edition model made in a series of only 500 pieces.

The timepiece features a black dial and cream rectangular markers. Both the pencil hour and minute hands and the red accents add a vintage touch to the design. Super-Luminova finishes ensure that the user can tell the time even in low-lighting conditions, whether on land or underwater. The 40mm stainless steel case is ultra-thin. It measures only 13.23mm in thickness, while the Frederic Piguet caliber 1151 self-winding movement measures just 3.25mm in thickness. The movement has 28 jewels, 210 components, and a 95-hour power reserve.

Keeping true to the original, this new version of the legendary diver’s watch has a water resistance up to 30bar, or 300m. Other features include a date window, unidirectional sapphire bezel, silicon balance spring and sapphire back as well as a rubber strap that references the ‘60s version. Available now, the limited-edition Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda watch is a veritable collector’s timepiece. Photographs© Blancpain.

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