Blancpain released its latest diving watch X Fathoms in the world’s largest aquarium, Aquarium & Underwater Zoo located in Dubai Mall. This watch uses the classic look of the Blancpain diving watch from 1953, but it is the most advanced diving watch to date.
Fathoms is a unit of depth. One Fathoms stands for 6 feet, about 1.829 meters. And this X Fachoms watch is the latest model of Blancpain Fifty Fathoms diving watch series, the name of X represents many innovations of this watch. The dial shows a 5 minute countdown at 10-11 o’clock to measure decompression time. The dial’s outer ring is a high-precision 0-15 meter depth indicator with a full-scale error within +/- 30cm. The inner circle of the dial is a depth indicator of 0-90 meters, of which the yellow arrow pointer is used to display the current depth, and the red pointer is used to indicate the deepest depth record.
The button at 10 o’clock in the case is used to reset the 5-minute countdown timer, while the button at 8 o’clock with a protective bridge is used to reset the dive depth record. Crown at 3 o’clock. Inside the surrounding honeycomb grid is the watch valve regulator mechanism. Three honeycomb water inlets are used at the bottom of the case to direct water into the watch’s depth gauge to measure depth. The unidirectional rotating bezel still appears on the X Fathoms as a signature part of the diving watch. The watch strap has 14 movable joints, which make it fit on the wrist. At the same time, it can ensure the contact of the watch depth meter with water to ensure the accuracy of depth measurement.
In addition, the watch uses a liquid metal depth gauge. As is known to all, the depth gauge generally measures the pressure applied to the drum by measuring the deformation of the pressure drum, and then converts the current depth by the pressure. The X Fachoms watch’s pressure-drum tympanum is made of liquid metal. This material is a good material for making depth notes because it can maintain good elasticity under long-term pressure. Compared with the traditional steel pressure measuring drum, the thickness of the eardrum is reduced by half, and at the same time, the maximum accuracy can be obtained. In addition, the cracking of solid materials due to long-term deformation is effectively avoided. However, due to the non-linear relationship between the pressure on the liquid metal and its deformation, it is difficult to accurately indicate the magnitude of the pressure through the degree of deformation. Blancpain has solved this non-linear characteristic through a set of asymmetric gear mechanism. (See below)
The watch is equipped with a 9918B automatic movement based on the Blancpain 1315 movement. Consists of 385 parts and 44 gem bearings. The thickness is 13mm and the diameter is 36mm. It uses anti-magnetic silicon hairspring and has 3 barrels at the same time, providing 5 days power reserve. The case is made of satin-brushed titanium alloy with a diameter of 55.65mm and a thickness of 24mm. Water-resistant to 300m.