Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
The design of dive watches has evolved from the everyday to the other-worldly.
Blancpain has reinterpreted one of its core timepieces, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe with a deep blue dial and, for the first time, a plasma grey ceramic case with a blue ceramic insert. The three-handed diver’s watch has Liquidmetal hour markers which resist deformation. The watch is water-resistant to 300 metres. It houses the famous 1315 self-winding calibre.
At Audemars Piguet, six years after the launched of its ISO-certified diver’s watch, the Swiss watchmaker has an updated version containing the automatic calibre 3124/3841. The Royal Oak Offshore diver chronograph in stainless steel has the Méga Tapisserie dial with double indexes at 12 o'clock and colour-blocked diving scales for enhanced visibility. The 42 millimetre watch has a chronograph function and two sub-dials showing the seconds and 30-minute registers.
The Oris Carl Brashear is based on the Oris Divers Sixty-Five. The new, limited-edition watch celebrates the extraordinary life of Carl Brashear and is the first Oris watch made of bronze. The alloy was used for deep-sea diving helmets until the 1950s and naturally develops a distinctive patina over time. The stainless steel caseback of the watch depicts Brashear's diving helmet. Just 2,000 pieces have been made.
Putting rubber and ceramic together for the first time in the Seamster Planet Ocean 43.5 millimetre auto, Omega has coloured the first 15 minutes of the rotating diving bezel a bright orange to make the numbers stand out boldly. Liquidmetal numbers and scales are used for strength and visibility under water. Inside the watch beats the coaxial master chronometer 8900. A black leather strap with an orange rubber trim completes the look.