Blancpain is one of the most exclusive luxury brands of all time. The company was founded in 1735 and produces fewer than 10,000 watches a year.
Blancpain men’s watches and women’s watches demonstrate a passion for watchmaking, high-art, and a devotion to tradition. In 1988, Blancpain became the first brand in the world to offer all six different masterpieces of watchmaking at the same time: the ultra-slim movement, the moon phase calendar, the perpetual calendar, the split-seconds chronograph, the Tourbillon and the minute repeater.
September 9 – 14, 2009 marks Blancpain’s 5th participation in the Cannes International Boat Show as well as the worldwide launch of two of the brands brand-new 500 Fathoms luxury watch styles. The 500 Fathoms is Blancpain’s addition to its Fifty Fathoms collection of sporty, diver’s watches. Alongside the 500 Fathoms watch will be a very limited edition, only 50 watches total, called the 500 Fathoms Cannes 2009, dedicated to lovers of the wide open sea.
The 500 Fathoms model is being called the big sister to the already famous Fifty Fathoms watch. More high-performance and high-tech than ever before, the new version is sportier in design, water resistant up to 1,000 meters and features an extra large 48mm brushed-titanium case. A typical diver’s watch will have a water resistance of around 200-300 meters, so already this new Blancpain diver’s watch blows others out of the water.
This ultimate sports watch? has placed inside the case at 10 o’clock, an automatic decompression valve guarantees the security and the reliability of the watch, without requiring any maneuvering on the part of the wearer. To enhance readability, the watch comes with large phosphorescent Arabic numerals. The luminescent base of the black dial glows in the dark, while the date appears in white against a black background at 4 o’clock. The calendar mechanism can be changed by the user to quickly adjust the date in either direction, even at the stroke of midnight, without any risk of damaging the mechanism.
The new 500 Fathoms watch comes with a watertight strap in rubber-lined black sail canvas. This watch represents a new accomplishment in the world of high-end sports and professional diver’s watches.
Who would expect anything less than the best from Blancpain?
Many other luxury watch brands like Rolex and Omega watches make diver’s watches as well. Sporty men?s watches are very much the trend right now for both men and women. Over sized faces and black rubber straps are hot styles right now; both characteristics found in diver’s watches. Some companies are even creating version of the diver’s sports watch as jewelry watches, by adding some sparkle.
In fact, hot on this trend is Omega Watches, who just released a new collection, called the Planet Ocean Jewelry Collection, which is exactly this: a sports watch with diamonds around the bezel. This new collection by Omega was designed and created as equally as men’s watches as women’s watches, meaning that the same watch can appeal to both groups.