Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, with Grey Ceramic Case, Ceramic Bezel

Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback watch front back - Perpetuelle

Late last year, Blancpain President & CEO Marc A. Hayek, unveiled the as part of Blancpain’s initiative to support oceanic environmental causes, with 1’000 Euros donated to the Ocean Committment fund on each sale.  First watch in the series, the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, is seen here in all its beauty.  So far as chronographs go, this is among the best you can get, both in terms of looks and mechanics.  A brushed grey ceramic case with blue ceramic bezel insert.  Niiiice.  Not only that, but it has Blancpain’s new (2014) high frequency Caliber F385, a very impressive integrated chronograph caliber which I’ve lauded from the day it was announced.

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The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver, Ref 15710ST

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ref. 15710ST.OO.A002CA.02

Last week at SIHH, Audemars Piguet introduced an update to its Royal Oak Offshore Divers series.  Presented as the new reference 15710, these pieces will replace the original ROO Diver, the ref 15703, as I’ll explain further.  The new Ref 15710’s, in steel, follow the prior four version of the ROO Diver (Ref 15703 steel/black dial, forged carbon/yellow, black ceramic/orange, white ceramic/blue).  And though the black dial reference (15710ST.OO.A002CA.01) is essentially the updated version of the 15703, we see now for the first time the ROO Diver offered with a white dial (15710ST.OO.A002CA.02), both of course with AP’s signature “Méga Tapisserie-pattern.”

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ref 15710ST

This said, the more important news is that the new 15710 is that it is fitted with a sapphire display back, as will all models from here forward.  Otherwise the watch remains unchanged — 42mm case, with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 3120.  And for you existing ROO Diver owners, sorry to say that you will NOT be able to “retrofit” to a sapphire display back as this is an entirely new reference number offered by AP.

These watches will list at $19,000.

Note that while AP states the dial is “silver-toned”, at most angles it looks quite white. 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver white dial Ref 15710ST by TheRealReal

Above Photo: by JSBG

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Panerai PAM 614 Luminor Submersible Flyback Titanio

SIHH 2015…

Panerai PAM 614 Luminor Submersible Flyback Titanio dial detail - Perpetuelle

The new Luminor Submersible Flyback Titanio comes in two variations — this model with brushed titanium bezel is the ‘partner’ to the PAM615 which is the same watch, except with a black ceramic bezel inlay.   The other difference is that this piece the PAM 614 has a date window at 3 o’clock vs. the PAM 615’s hour counter.  Nothing flashy, but I like it — a very sporty looking and highly legible diver with a flyback chronograph.

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